Out Of The Black -The Remixes
Reviewed by: Sebastian Mackay
Album reviews are good because they tell you which tracks to skip. In this case, skip track one. It’s dubstep-nothingness with the same sounds and feeling right the way through. Almost to the point where it feels like you’re stuck on a scratched CD – but I hear the kids are into that these days – move along to track two.
The second track “XTC (MMM Remix)” is like having a pinball bouncing off the inside of your skull. There are a number of notable drops that leave a little to be desired. And, along with the notable drops (and I mean notable in the context, not the history of remixes), the track builds up enough to get your heart pumping a fair bit and you may even get some booty shaking action.
The biggest problem with remix albums is that they feel limited in scope. And so by the time you hit “Ich R U (Justice Remix)” you’re more or less over the same synth sounds and beats and with dubstep effects and warped noises. It can’t be helped, there needs to be some cohesion but there needs also to be a point of difference and aside from a couple of good tracks, it’s lacking.
“What You Want (Chromeo Remix)” touches on being one of the better tracks on the album. It almost reaches that point but it’s held by the damn motif of a repeating beat that permeates the record like a rotting corpse.
Is it mostly dreadful? Yes.