Various Artists – XFM. The Remix

Released 18/02/02 on Virgin (cat. VTDCD 425)

Have to be honest, this is a bit of a dissapointment to me. From the track listing it sounded like a corking collection of tunes. My problem is that they have nearly all been mixed to within an inch of thier lives. I’ve never been much of a clubber, I suspect this would have gone down a lot better with someone who is. So bear this in mind as you read on…

To my ears these are ‘functional’ dance reworkings – there isn’t much that leaps out and grabs you by the balls. There is nothing on this CD that is innovative or clever; It even goes a bit 80’s – especially Garbage, OMD (natch) and Kelis. Kelis manages to sound like Gloria Gaynor vs Prince. I found that if you are just sitting around listening to it then the first two CDs can, to be honest, be quite dull. This album seemed to be designed for the pre-clubbing spliff and bottle of cheap German white, the students doing the minimal communal housework or an easy house party comprimise.

The tracks that work best are those, unsuprisingly, that had dancey bent to begin with – like Mark B and Blade and Future Sound of London. There are a couple of exceptions (Sunna, Radiohead, Ocean Colour Scene for example) but these are mainly on the last CD.

And the last CD of this triple CD set is by far the best, despite the bizarre inclusion of OMD and a David Gray remix that has ‘Use me to sell cars’ written all over it. The David Holmes remix of Skinny (Last years ‘The new Massive Attack’ sounding here like this years ‘The new Moby’) is very chilled, UNKLE’s remix of Planet Telex (Radiohead) is suprisingly good, Two Lone Swordsmen have rendered Starsailor into a listenable six minutes of trip hop and the Dorfmeister remix of Zero 7’s Waiting Line will have you strutting like a 70’s pimp.

Here is what you get for your money…

CD1

  • The Charlatans - My Beautiful friend
  • Placebo - Pure Morning
  • FSOL - Papue New Guinea
  • Kelis - Young Fresh & New
  • Playgroup - Number One
  • Stereo MCs - Deep Down and Dirty
  • Utah Saints - Lost Vagueness
  • I Monster - Daydream in Blue
  • Mansun - I can only dissapoint you
  • Fatboy Slim - Song for shelter
  • Leftfield - Phat Planet

    CD 2

  • Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger
  • New Order - Crystal
  • Africa Bambaata - Planet Rock
  • Moby - Bodyrock
  • Beta Band - Squares
  • Goldfrapp - Utopia
  • Manic Street Preachers - La Tristessa Durera
  • Sunna - I'm not trading
  • Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
  • Mark B & Blade - You don't see the signs
  • Roots Manuva - Dreamy days
  • Pulp - Sunrise
  • Gorillaz - 19-2000

    CD3

  • Radiohead - Planet Telex
  • Depeche Mode - Useless
  • OMD - Souvenir
  • Ocean Colour Scene - July
  • Starsailor - Good Souls
  • Travis - Writing to reach you
  • Skinny - Failure
  • David Gray - Sail away
  • Zero 7 - Waiting line
  • Garbage - Cherry lips
  • Badly Drawn Boy - Pissing in the wind

    So there you go; If you want background music use CD1 and CD2, chill out to CD3.

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