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on 2 February 2001
Ode to remixes of Kenji Eno and DJ Krush, this Cinematic Orchestra 'album', if it can be described as such, has a more Asian and indeed on some pieces, European, than its 1999's Motion. This isn't so much a remix album as a collection of orchestral reconstructions from the ground up, and as such it is a triumph. Beautifully crafted, it has a flow that one would not expect from a collection of unrealated tracks. The Cinematic Orchestra are perhaps the premier act on Ninja Tune records, this album only serves to reinforce this contention. Fantastic.
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on 2 February 2001
Remix albums can be distinctly hit and miss affairs,sometimes lacking cohesion and mood.This 7 track compilation of remixes and reinterpretations from the Cinematic Orchestra,being a space-filler before their second album proper,could easily have been a bit of a hotch-potch.However,the crucial difference between this and other albums of its like is that,save for one track,it's the Orchestra doing the remixing,not the usual random list of cred DJs and producers.The result is an album similar in mood to their first long player,'Motion';smoky,measured jazz pieces designed for reflection and relaxation,in contrast to some of the bouncier,beatier flavours on the Ninja imprint.Highlights include the beautiful,desolate piano on the remix of our old friend Nils Petter Molvaer(?)'s 'Vilderness' and the headnoddy funk-noir of Tom Tyler's 'Channel One Suite' remix.Best of the bunch,however,is the album's closer;a masterful rearrangement of DJ Krust's,er,'Rearrange',built around a truly spine tingling refrain plucked out on what sounds like a harp.Drums shuffle and bass resonates,and a haunting string breakdown that seems to last for aeons brings an eerie calm that is shattered by a squadron of dramatic,squealing horns,before that skeletal refrain seeps back in and the brass appears to be gasping its terminal breath.Not bad for 10 minutes work,and a track which,on its own,makes this a highly recommended purchase.
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VINE VOICEon 28 November 2005
The album opens with a bang in the form of 'Moving Cities', which wouldn't sound out of place in a 70s spy thriller like 'The Ipcress File'. Next comes a remix by Tom Tyler of the Cinematics very own 'Channel One Suite'. It's a great remix, which admittedly I didn't like at first but now love.The third track is a sheer work of genius. In my opinion it's the best track the Cinematic Orchestra has ever recorded - 'Fear Theme'. It is absolutely fantastic- the slow, playful build-up into a fantastic crescendo of jazz meets psuedo-classical brilliance. Just brilliant.The rest of the album, whilst not quite reaching the pinacle that 'Fear Theme' rests on, is still a great mix of smoky jazz and beats.In conclusion: Yet more quality output from the Cinematics. Don't be misled into thinking this is just another average remix album that flood the market. This is a remix album of a very different kind- the Cinematics take the basic building blocks of someone elses track, and put their own very unique spin on it. Get it now!!!
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on 22 December 2001
The Cinematic Orchestra's remixes album took me by suprise, I was expecting a hip hop house jazzy combination as is to be expected from the Ninja Tune lable. Instead what I found was a contempory jazz collection of smooth polished compositions. The sound lies somewhere between Miles Davis 's sax to Jan Garberecks haunting themes with the Les Gammas mix similar to the sort of ethnic mix heard on a Thievery Corporation album.This is an interesting collection of late night down beats for lovers of jazzier flavours, a collection of sultry haunting themes that almost cross over in areas to Quincy Jones's classic film themes and in areas extracts from Bernsteins West Side Story.The Cinematic Orchestra's remixes would be best played after hours in a smokey living room sipping a beer coffees and brandy at the end of a late night out . If you are after up tempo club mixes avoid this one, this one is strictly for after hours unwinding.
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on 14 August 2003
This has one of my favourite tracks of the moment on it - the Cinematic Orchestra's 're-interpretation' of Kenji Eno's 'The Fear Theme'. It's worth buying for this track alone! :-)
The rest of it you'll like if enjoy the Cinematic Orchestra - more of that sort of jazzy stuff with beats that's so hard to define...
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on 27 January 2015
Not the best really but still worth a listen. Can't compare it to there other albums but if you want the set you gotta buy it.
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on 21 January 2016
Music is perfect as I know this album, but: Scratched disc, you can not listen - shame for the seller!
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on 27 July 2014
gift so cannot comment
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