Shipwrecks - Review
After being familiar with this group for several years due to their previous appearance on Nilaihah
compilation, it was a pleasure to finally pick up their debut full-length album.
It comes as a full album with eight original tracks along with another 8 remixes, one for each piece. The packaging includes a nice booklet of all lyrics, some photos and liner notes and credits. The remixers are fairly well-known and do a good job for the most part bringing out a more club-friendly side of the music and it's all mastered by Danial B of Front 242
Hopefully with that as a short introduction, we have the stage set for an excellent album. It all kicks off with one of my personal favorites from this group, "From Hell". The original version uses a mix of break-beats and various minimalistic electronics, bringing out the melodic, distressed vocals for a nice radio sound, while the "Iris Remix" really brings out the heavy dance-friendly beats and layered synths for a more club-friendly piece that has been a favorite on the club mix radio show for years. In fact, most remixes really break out a bit more of the more danceable elements of each track. Since each piece has an original and remix version, it's not only a nice treat to have the two versions, but unlike most albums with remixes, these are done so well that in some cases I prefer the remix over the original such as with this introductory track with the heavier beats and synths.
Throughout the album there are a number of gems besides this first piece and it's matching remix. Those who picked up the Fourplay
compilation will already be familiar with "Hitman" and it's remix as well. For this track I prefer the original version with it's solid electro-pop style vs the "File Not Found Remix" with it's heavy experimental electronics. "Nightshift" becomes a memorable track with it's mysterious mood and awesome vocal sample of "I've been missing you, I know you're missing me too". This is another where the remix picks up the intensity a bit and makes it move a bit more, but either mix is really good and both keep that element of mystery and longing. These somber moods continue throughout some of the other pieces while the remix counterpart picks up the intensity slightly for a moving alternate version.
Overall this is a great album, while we only get eight original tracks, the remixes are of such great quality that it really ends up being a great album across sixteen pieces. Definitely highly recommended for electro-pop fans, especially those of the related project of Frank Spinath Edge of Dawn
and to a lesser degree Seabound
Label: Metropolis Records