With Iris now departed to the Diffusion label ADD have got some of their favourite artists in to provide an album of remixes comprising tracks from their well-loved "Disconnect" album as well as one or two surprises such as the 'original demo' of "Saving Time" that proves that the magic was there even in their earlier days.
My main concern was that any remixes would struggle considerably when compared to the originals, after all we're dealing with a modern synthpop classic here but it says much for the choice of remixers that each adds enough of their own styles to each track to make any comparisons pretty much redundant. The band themselves put in some hard work with Matt Morris providing one of the three remixes of "Annie Would I Lie To You" (the others coming from T.O.Y. in their typically punchy style and a nicely powerful closing offering from labelmates Wideband Network that deserves to be popular in it's own right), updating this modern classic by adding a plethora of new motifs and sounds in his 'Y1.999k' version as well as working with original musical partner Regan Jones on the nicely punchy and danceable remix of "Lose In Wanting" and new member Andrew Sega on the gentle ballad "Everybody Is Life (Seaside Mix)", a new version of a previously out-of-print track. Sega himself revises "The Way I Live My Life" into a pacey, active number as well as adding new power and electronic effects to "Waves Crash In". Overall these mixes show that Iris have progressed since the time of their debut with a more varied sound pallette that should appeal to those who enjoyed the more recent "Awakening" album
The Echoing Green also lend a hand with two excellent mixes, the simultaneously heart warming and gutsy mix of "Danger Is The Shame" and an overwhelmingly powerful version of "Lose In Wanting". Subtitled 'Pyrotection Mix' it certainly lives up to it's explosive moniker although any Goa influences in Neuroactive's 'Goa Mix' of "Saving Time" are kept well hidden from these ears, being very much in the Finns' well-loved style!
I must confess to not being a fan of remix albums as a rule but this is the exception to that rule as this boasts a pretty fine batch of remixes with some genuinely magical moments to be found.
Artist Link: http://www.adifferentdrum.com