Release Date: Jun 24, 2016
Record label: Test Card
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
Albums of remixes or reimaginations of tracks featured on albums which have already found some success always strike me as a tricky business. Difficult to make into coherent freestanding collections and with the complex additional burden of remaining faithful enough to the original source material to be recognisable on the one hand, yet worth listening to in their own right on the other. So it is with this collection of remixes for the The Race For Space, last year's spellbinding statement from Public Service Broadcasting.
Last year, pseudonymous tweed-botherers J Willgoose and Wrigglesworth released The Race For Space, a concept album that chronologically recounts the main events in the US and USSR’s power struggle over the final frontier. Using samples of news broadcasts and NASA communications, and adding brass, funk – and, shock horror, vocals! – to PSB’s idiosyncratic loops of electro riffage, it takes in the fervour, successes and tragedies of the time. Here we have a collection of dancefloor-friendly remixes by PSB-approved artists, without the original’s strong narrative arc and emotional resonance.