Sidetracked

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
La Roux's volume of Renaissance's mix album series Sidetracked underscores that Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid have a clear -- but not simplistic -- aesthetic. It's not a shock that their mix features plenty of '80s synth pop. However, La Roux are among the few '80s revivalists that understand that decade's sounds so well that they embody them instead of just rehashing them. Here, they present some synth pop gems that have a few wrinkles underneath their smooth surfaces: Blancmange's percolating "What's Your Problem" and Freur's "Doot Doot" are quintessential without being ubiquitous. Japan's version of "I Second That Emotion" -- which channels Roxy Music as much as it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
La Roux's volume of Renaissance's mix album series Sidetracked underscores that Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid have a clear -- but not simplistic -- aesthetic. It's not a shock that their mix features plenty of '80s synth pop. However, La Roux are among the few '80s revivalists that understand that decade's sounds so well that they embody them instead of just rehashing them. Here, they present some synth pop gems that have a few wrinkles underneath their smooth surfaces: Blancmange's percolating "What's Your Problem" and Freur's "Doot Doot" are quintessential without being ubiquitous. Japan's version of "I Second That Emotion" -- which channels Roxy Music as much as it does Smokey Robinson -- is a particularly inspired choice, since Jackson's vocals often reveal more soulful influences than the mechanical sounds that dominate La Roux. However, Langmaid and Jackson's choices aren't just a template for their music although Joyce Sims' "You Are My All and All," which blends powerful vocals with tinny electronics, is definitely part of their blueprint. The dark, sparkling disco-funk of Dutch group Fox the Fox's "Precious Little Diamond" and Gerry Rafferty's smooth "Right Down the Line" are left-field choices that add more personality to the mix, and Doris Troy's "Just One Look" is such a stone-cold classic that La Roux didn't bother remixing or otherwise tampering with it. Not every song here is from the past: La Roux include tracks from their contemporaries, even though those artists are fond of the '80s too. The D. Lissivik remix of Fever Ray's "When I Grow Up" retrofits the track with synth pan-pipes and electro toms that recall that decade's worldbeat craze and trade otherworldliness for cheeky faux-exoticism. I Blame Coco's bittersweet "Self-Machine" and Kavinsky's "Testarossa Autodrive SebastiAn Remix" also have a decidedly retro feel Kavinsky has another single named "1986" for a reason. For their own track, however, Langmaid and Jackson go even further back in time to the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb," yet it's one of the most modern-sounding songs they've recorded. A cohesive mix with just enough twists to make it interesting, this volume of Sidetracked will satisfy pop fans and crate-diggers alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Renaissance Dance Uk
  • EAN: 5051083053143
  • Catalog Number: 8305314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Second That Emotion - Japan (5:02)
  2. 2 Come Live With Me - Heaven 17 (3:36)
  3. 3 (You Are My) All and All - Joyce Sims (4:56)
  4. 4 Afrikan Man - Hally & Kongo Band (6:28)
  5. 5 When I Grow Up - Rever Ray (3:22)
  6. 6 Just One Look - Doris Troy (2:39)
  7. 7 Doot Doot - Freur (4:46)
  8. 8 Exotic Nations - Jam Crew (3:37)
  9. 9 Big Bubbles, No Troubles - Ellis, Beggs & Howard (3:18)
  10. 10 Precious Little Diamond - Fox The Fox (3:34)
  11. 11 Suffer the Children - Tears for Fears (4:09)
  12. 12 What's Your Problem? - Blancmange (2:57)
  13. 13 Self Machine [Coconut Candy "No Need for Plastic Palm Trees" Elly Jacks - I Blame Coco (3:45)
  14. 14 Big Blue World - Paul Haig (3:39)
  15. 15 Testarossa Autodrive - Kavinsky (4:02)
  16. 16 Under My Thumb (3:17)
  17. 17 Right Down the Line - Gerry Rafferty (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
La Roux Primary Artist, DJ
Ben Langmaid Keyboards
Elly Jackson Vocals
Karin Dreijer-Andersson Vocals
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Gerry Rafferty Composer, Producer
Freur Composer, Producer
Paul Haig Composer, Producer
Joyce Sims Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
David Lord Producer
Hugh Murphy Producer
John Punter Producer
Alan Rankine Producer
Keith Richards Composer
Artie Ripp Producer
Martyn Ware Composer
William Robinson Composer
Kurtis Mantronik Producer
Alex Burak Producer
British Electric Foundation Producer
Van Rivers Producer
Fever Ray Composer, Producer
Elly Jackson Producer, Remixing
Greg Walsh Producer
The Subliminal Kid Producer
Ian Marsh Composer
Alfred Cleveland Composer
C Smith Composer
Willem Ennes Producer
Glen Gregory Composer
Coco Summer Composer
Ralph P. Ruppert Producer
"Luxi" Lux Producer
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