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Ninja Tune present a new Kelis remix EP, featuring remixes by Mount Kimbie, Visionist, Darq E Freaker, Machinedrum and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation). Comes in an original (and very fetching!) black and yellow Ninja Tune 'disco bag'.

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7/10 Souki Staff review, 08 August 2014

In 2003 Ninja Tune’s key releases were by the Cinematic Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist and Bonobo.  This is the same year that Kelis went next-level huge and lead to people everywhere talking to varying degrees of ambiguity of their metaphorical ‘milkshake’ and its magnetic properties.  It seemed unlikely at this point that 11 years on Kelis would be putting out records on the same label, but nevertheless this year ‘Food’ came out, was responded to apathetically, and now it’s left to related  artists to ceremoniously drape the pearl necklace around the resulting log to see if they can help to make its ripe scent less noticeable.

Taken in their own context the refits here are more than capable of taking Kezza’s unexpectedly hoarse and imploring vocal stylings away from the implausible cod-rockabilly and Fela-lite ‘Later With Jools Holland’ feel of the album and dropping them somewhere else altogether.  It’s a shame that there is nothing of the calibre of ‘Caught Out There’ or ‘Millionaire’ to work with, but still; Mount Kimbie dump the hip-shaking Africa 70 aspirations of ‘Jerk Ribs’ in favour of a way more miserable tone that works more successfully as a heightened setting for the seductive vocal track; Darq E Freaker and Visionist completely eradicate the ill-conceived ersatz-Link Wray tones of ‘Friday Fish Fry’ and replace it with spacious vapour trails, bumping MPC wallop and ice cold Grime vocal chop-ups respectively.  Machinedrum stays true to the emotive leanings of ‘Runnin’ whilst bulking it out with some seriously upfront percussion, leaving Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza to finish off with the obligatory druggy electro workout.  A job well done in terms of transforming the originals into something way more appealing to human ears.


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