The original 2CD version of Two Pages was a seminal work in the drum and bass field - the first CD of mellow, chilled orchestral explorations and blissed out vocals sharply offset by the second CDs dark, twisted fusion of unrelenting beats and attacking samples, it re-established the already pioneering 4hero as the kings of their field.
Any remix album, therefore, is going to have a lot to live up to, and it is therefore with a certain amount of trepidation one picks up the Reinterpretations album - it would be so easy for things to go horribly wrong. Fortunately, they don't - this collection of remixes by the likes of Jazzanova, Photek and Masters at Work sits easily alongside the original.
Most of the album is in the same flavour as the first CD of Two Pages - smooth, orchestral jazz and experimental electronic beats fused with soulful vocals. There are moments of latin flavour here on the Masters at Work remix of Star Chasers, whereas the Azymuth reworking strays into modern free jazz. The Jazzanova version of We Who Are Not As Others recalls New Forms with atonal double bass and live drums, and we explore acid-jazz fuelled drum and bass with the Off-World mix of Escape That.
Alongside these are several harder-edged tracks: Shawn J Period's hip-hop reworking of The Action wouldn't be out of place at a nu-skool breaks night, and We Who Are Not As Others becomes, if anything, even darker and more intense after Sonar Circle have played with it than the original album version.
It's as hard to fault this album as the original - an essential purchase for any drum'n'bass fan, as well as any music lovers looking to broaden their horizons. This deserves to be in your CD collection.