Remix Album, Vol. 1

The Remix Album, Vol. 1

by 4hero
     
 
A welcomed stopgap that's heavy on tracks originally released in 1998 and beyond, The Remix Album evenly splits remixes of and by 4hero between two discs. It isn't thoroughly comprehensive, but it's a generous way to signal the duo's departure from Talkin Loud. The first disc is devoted to remixes of tracks by a wide range of artists

Overview

A welcomed stopgap that's heavy on tracks originally released in 1998 and beyond, The Remix Album evenly splits remixes of and by 4hero between two discs. It isn't thoroughly comprehensive, but it's a generous way to signal the duo's departure from Talkin Loud. The first disc is devoted to remixes of tracks by a wide range of artists including Ultra Naté, Marcos Valle, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Terry Callier, and Phil Asher's Focus; on the second disc, IG Culture's New Sector Movements, King Britt, Jazzanova, DJ Spinna, and Bugz in the Attic rework singles from 4hero's Two Pages and Creating Patterns albums. Unsurprisingly, the first disc is the more satisfying of the two, since you can hear how 4hero are capable of turning nearly anything into something that sounds like one of their own original productions. Some tracks work much better than others, naturally, but even the less successful inclusions (Scarface is a hopeless mismatch) are of some interest. The remix of Masters at Work's cover of Rotary Connection's "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun" is the brightest attraction, dropping out of the faithful arrangement three minutes in to break into an extended, string-drenched, Rhodes-enhanced drum'n'bass coda. The second disc is actually introduced by 4hero's bold take on Coltrane's "Naima," but it's fleshed out by a handful of overhauls that come surprisingly close to matching the original mixes. Greatest of all is the Bugz in the Attic mix of "Hold It Down," one of the broken beat scene's golden moments. Jazzanova, on the side of the coin, are a bizarre choice for "We Who Are Not as Others," and they respond by processing the menacing original into an unrecognizable blob of syrupy and slick fusion. Thankfully, this compilation is durable enough that it can sustain a couple blemishes like this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
RAW CANVAS
UPC:
0047997591128
catalogNumber:
001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

4hero   Primary Artist
Carole Crosby   Vocals
Phil Asher   Keyboards
Leon Mar   Guitar
Chris Bowden   Saxophone
Everton Nelson   Violin
Andy Nice   Cello
Andy Hamill   Bass
Catherine Browning   Violin
Dego   Percussion,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Paul Weinreb   Piano,Electric Piano
Marc Mac   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,electronic percussion,Arp Strings
Niles Hailstone   Trumpet
Luke Parkhouse   Percussion,Drums
Sophie Sarota   Viola
Sarah Button   Violin
Hilary Skewes   Cello
Raquel Massadas   Viola
Imani   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ultra Naté   Composer
Terry Callier   Composer
D'Influence   Composer
4hero   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Remixing
John Coltrane   Composer
Marilyn David   Composer
Mike Dean   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Marcos Valle   Composer
Brad Jordan   Composer
Phil Asher   Composer,Programming
Goldie   Composer
Rob Playford   Composer
King Britt   Producer,Remixing
Restless Soul   Producer,Remixing
DJ Spinna   Producer,Remixing
D. McFarlane   Composer
Dego   Programming,Instrumentation
Jazzanova   Producer,Remixing
Bugz in the Attic   Remixing
Marc Mac   Programming,String Arrangements,drum programming,Instrumentation
Stephen Barken   Engineer
Shaun Escoffery   Composer
Ed Colman   Engineer
Matt Lord   Engineer
Joseph Johnson   Composer

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