Audio Mixer: Idjut Boys.
Three years after London-based DJ/producer duo Idjut Boys released Cellar Door, their proper debut full-length on Oslo's Smalltown Supersound label, they return with Versions, an album reworking material from throughout their career, but primarily centered around Cellar Door. That album generally consisted of chilled-out Balearic disco, utilizing smooth electric and acoustic guitars, pianos, bongos, and rubbery basslines. Versions emphasizes the dub elements present in the duo's sound, covering everything in thick, hallucinatory echo and stretching out the length of many of the songs. These revisions are often more adventurous and creative than the originals, as the duo seem to have a lot of fun dousing tracks like "Kenny Dub Headband" in the strangest sounds their mixing boards can conjure up. The album's longest cut, the 11-minute "Another Bird," sets sentimental melodies to a slo-mo disco chug, holding off on going too crazy with the effects and letting the listener just enjoy the ride. "Going Down" is the album's most poppy song, with Sally Rodgers of A Man Called Adam inquiring "Why you going down to Hell for love?" amidst swooping "woo-ooh"s, suggesting a sun-tanned, beach-friendly version of Chromatics. The album ends with "Le Wasuk," another nice, hypnotic odyssey swathed in dubby piano chords and simmering synths. On Versions, Idjut Boys inject a bit of spice into tracks that occasionally verged on being too mellow in their original forms, resulting in a set of trippy, blissful reworks that are easily recommended over their source material. ~ Paul Simpson
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