Vinyl 12" £7.49 STS24912
Ltd 12" on Smalltown Supersound. Edition of 500 copies inc. Villalobos & Loderbauer remixes.
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- Everything Remixes by Neneh Cherry
The privilege of reviewing Neneh Cherry's new album went to our Brian this time round, and such is her popularity around the office that despite repeated attempts since before its release I still haven't been able to borrow our communal promo of it, so today I'm in the unenviable position of having to write about two remixes of 'Everything' without having heard the original version.
Both these remixes are collaborative works from big techno names R. Villalobos and M. Loderbauer. On side A the 'Vilod High Blood Pressure Mix' takes you through a few minutes of bumpy minimal techno before Cherry's voice makes an appearance, ragged and sultry against the mechanised precision of the beats. By the end of this section her vocal flow seems to detach itself from the beat and drift off into freeform babbling, then a woozy and wobbly sub-heavy final section cuts in which starts energetically but gradually disintegrates. It's a pretty sprawling mix, lots of ideas but strangely unsettling and sometimes jarring to listen to.
Over on the other side is the 'Vilod Low Blood Pressure Mix' where the beats have a woozier, dubbier flavour and the free-flowing vocals are used much more prominently for a much more chilled out and less paranoid-sounding mix with a mechanically grinding groove and neat little distorted bass bumps and anti-gravity drones. It goes a bit weird and rhythmically confusing towards the end but it's the more enjoyable of these two mixes overall. They're both interesting though, and differ enough from each other to be worthwhile. I still really want to hear the album.
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