Following hot on the heels of their first US release, Tropical – an album that showed that pop/funk/disco/new wave (yes, really, all of those things) could convincingly be mashed together into dancefloor sized pieces and thrown out there all the way from Moscow, comes Tropical Remixed. It’s an album that does exactly what it says on the tin, and draws in a whole host of the worlds best DJ’s and remixers to push the record in a whole new range of directions.
Specifically, that means they’ve drafted in the likes of a-leaguers Fred Flake, Felix Da Housecat and Jimi Edgar to do stellar work, and supplemented it with up and comers/dark horses such as Cayce, Dominic Pierce, Just the Tip and Jonas LR.
The album opens with Psychemagik’s reworking of Slaver. It’s sort of stripped back, relying on lengthy electronic tones for accompaniment, until all of a sudden it breaks into this squelchy funk number.
The best moments on the album come generally from the big names. The Fred Falke remix is the pick of things on the record, cut up, mashed up and funked out – it struts arrogantly along. Felix da Housecat has got a (perhaps typically) 90’s piano house feel about it, and Jimmy Edgar is this darker house track.
Elsewhere the laid back beat heavy Wait, reworked by Just the Tip is fabulously funky almost bettered by Cayce’s cut up version, and the title track, tackled by Dominic Pierce is lie back in the sun and chill music.
Sometimes these remix albums are hit and miss, but it seems Pompeya have lucked out with this one. It’s pretty much all hit and no miss.