Silent Alarm Remixed
features the complete Bloc Party debut as remixed by friends and artists such as Whitey, Ladytron, Erol Alkan, Four Tet, Death From Above 1979 and Mogwai.
One of the more consciously forward-thinking bands to emerge from the UK rock underground in recent years, it therefore makes perfect sense for London post-punks Bloc Party to hand their debut album over to a team of remixers.
That is works (frequently well) is down to two things: the strength of the collaborators--the likes of Ladytron, Paul Phones Epworth, and Trash resident DJ Erol Alkan demonstrate a close affinity for the original songs--and the strong rhythmic nature of the Bloc sound. The majority of the remixers appear to have used the powerful rhythm section as a starting point, bassist Gordon Moakes instrument turned up high in the mix and drummer Matt Tongs percussion tightened into steely disco rhythms. The records stand-out is "Helicopter (Whitey Version)", which keeps the originals propulsive drum beat and taut guitar strum, but strips the rest of the track back to a gleaming exo-skeleton an effect that leaves frontman Kele Okerekes werewolf howls exposed. More subtle rejigs come courtesy of Four Tet and Yeah Yeah Yeahs Nick Zinner, who take on "So Here We Are" and "Compliments" and draw out Blocs taste for a more restrained, floaty ambience. --Louis Pattison