The idea of taking a “classic” track and updating it for club consumption isn’t new and the road to success is littered with the burnt-out wrecks of failure. But when it works it, as it does on most of the tracks here, the results can be quite magical.
So, what makes it work? Well, in the case of Richard Dorfmeister’s stunning interpretation of Willie Bobo’s “Spanish Grease” it’s understanding why the original is so infectious and then overlaying & seriously extending these elements with the very best of electronica/dance to make it… much better. Or in the case of Thievery Corporation’s total rework of Astrud Gilberto’s “Who Needs Forever?” its taking a couple of phrases from the song that capture the atmosphere & essence of the artist and using them to produce something that, while it bears little relation to the original, becomes one of the very best Astrud Gilberto tracks you’ll ever hear.
Clever & brilliantly effective, the whole album is stuffed full of similarly impressive remixes by some of the best club artists around and, if you like this sort of thing, it’s an absolute “must buy”. And, if you don’t, it may well make you think again because once it gets its hooks into you it’s pretty impossible to put down.