Following on from their first mixed album, 'Shakedown 2' once again showcases the Freemason's uncanny ability to cut to the very heart of a track and blow it up into a disco house stormer. Whereas many other remixers 'flatten' a track, reducing it to its bassline and cutting up the vocal, Freemasons actually increase the melody, boost the vocals and often find new hooks of their own. Many tracks have an injection of urgency, with stabbing strings and spacey sound effects ramping up the tension. Old favourites like Ultra Nate's 'Free' and Eurythmics 'Here Comes the Rain Again" are given a new lease of life, their tunes still very much in place but given surging new basslines. Kelly Rowland's 'Work' is not so much remixed as totally remade, with Shakira-like brass stabs & pounding beats that suddenly give way to the 'Knight Rider-esque' original Freemasons edited remix that gave Kelly a huge UK chart hit. I wondered if they'd pushed things too far by remixing Marvin Gaye's 'Heard It Through the Grapevine' but it's an amazing transformation - maintaining the integrity of the original vocal but creating a fantastic new synth hook, pulsating bassline and 70s disco feel. Must also mention the inclusion of two of the greatest pop records of the last few years - the criminally overlooked 'The One' by Kylie and the fantastic 'Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer' featuring Sophie Ellis Bextor. It's a mixed album but please don't let that put you off - tracks segue seamlessly and the majority of each song is played. The Freemasons are at the top of their game and continue to enthrall with their melodramatic and exciting disco house remixes.