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Best Of...Remixes
The Bloody Beetroots Best Of...Remixes
Released 11 February 2011
Producer Various
Label Different Recordings
Length 70:16
Genre Electronic, dance
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The art of the remix is a bit of a grey area in the music industry. Done properly the remix can take on a life of its own; consider Tori Amos's 'Professional Widow', a sprawling piano heavy song in the vein of Kate Bush until Armand Van Helden got his hands on it and turned it into one of the biggest dance anthems of the ‘90s. Conversely remixing can also be one of the laziest ways to make a quick buck, culminating in the noughties trend of speeding up songs to chipmunk levels and sticking a generic bass drum underneath. The latest act to get into the remix scene is The Bloody Beetroots, the brain child of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, whose album Best of...Remixes is a collection of some of his more interesting reworkings to date.

Thankfully The Bloody Beetroots remixes tend to gravitate towards the Armand Van Helden style of reinventing a song. This is clear from the first track, a remix of 'Can’t Stop Me Now' by Belgian band Goose where he has taken shouty electro rock and transformed it into pure club anthem euphoria. The link to the original is quite tenuous with the vocals from the chorus the only element to survive the transplant. A second Goose song, 'Black Gloves', is given a much fairer representation later on in the album with the main riff remaining intact for the remix, proving that sometimes tweaks are just as effective as complete makeovers.

The inclusion of acts such as Tiga and MSTRKRFT probably won’t come as a huge shock given that they turn up almost everywhere lately, however the appearance of Wu Tang Clan’s U-God is less expected. Sir Bob takes U-God’s solo single 'Stomp The Roach' and remakes it in the mould of 'Galvanize' by The Chemical Brothers turning the trademark Wu Tang sound of retro strings and horns into an instant dancefloor classic. The Chems themselves get the remix treatment later on with the reworking of 'Dissolve' another remix which manages to sound nothing like the original.

It's tough to give a critical evaluation on an album of songs designed for the dancefloor; there are so many moments throughout that are designed for the sole purpose of whipping the crowd into a frenzy in some overcrowded nightclub, moments that seem a little redundant when listened to in the privacy of your own home. It is however easy to recognize the talent Sir Bob has for making dancefloor material out of an array of genres. It's easy to see why he is an artist in demand at the moment and though it might not have a whole lot in the way of pushing the boundaries of music this album is a ready made late night soundtrack.

- Brian Kinsella