Slim Pickings

A fairly competent in places double CD collection of remixes and the odd original version from the world of indie, although you do have to wonder who the marketing people had in mind when they decided on this venture. A lot of the club based mixes I'd imagine would alienate the indie crowd and if you're of a dance persuasion you'd probably find a lot of the whiney vocals grating and a missed opportunity for a half decent instrumental.

CD 1 kicks off with the overrated Mylo's overlong version of The Killers "Somebody Told Me", turning it into a workmanlike house plod. The Bravery's "An Honest Mistake" has a French house make-over courtesy of Superdiscount, it's not particularly inspiring for the house heads and I'd imagine even less so for the indie bods. Bodyrockers contribute the lackluster cheese fest "I Like The Way", proving that there are always people out there ready to take a style, water it down and exploit it for mass market appeal, in this case the recent Post Punk/Electro/House explosion.

The first track of real interest and originality comes from The Rapture with their storming, roof raising "House Of Jealous Lovers", still a highpoint of when indie goes down to the discoteque. Things dip again with the Phones mix of The Others' "This Is For Poor", proving that you can't polish a turd. A curious inclusion next in the form of Playgroup's dub mix of Portobella's "Viva La Difference", due to the fact that itís a deep jackin Chicago House inspired piece of drug house heaven and completely out of place here. Ewan Pearson does his Electro House thing on Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence", turning it into an acid tinged journey to the centre of the glitterball.

CD2 has Scissor Sister's hideous "Comfortably Numb" given the once over by Paper Faces. It's another overlong house excursion that didn't have the good sense to drop the vocal completely. Mylo's tedious "Destroy Rock N Roll" is included in its original form, with its one joke repeated ad nauseum. The second disc anomaly crops up with Kasabian's "Processed Beats", again no real reason for it being here. Other notable tracks include Whitey's jerky reworking of Bloc Party's "Helicopter", Tiefschwarz's devastating rebuilding of Spektrum's "Kinda New" and old school bleep master LFO's insane techno mauling of !!! 's "Me And Guiliani Down By The School Yard".