Dust Remix

Following on the heels of their eponymous debut last year, the London, UK trio of Ralph Lamb, Adam Phillips and Andy Ross have handed over the controls to a host of remixers to see what transpires. As a nice touch, this double-CD includes the original album, a slick blend of down-tempo jazz and trippy, soundtrack pop. On the remix CD, there’s a good variety of styles, with some tracks staying close to the originals and others getting a complete overhaul. Since Lamb and Ross also happen to be the horn section of the Herbaliser, it’s not surprising that their Ninja Tune label-mates Roots Manuva pitch in, adding a sultry rap to "Where You Wanna Be.” Things stay funky with Process’s scratch-up of "Dead Cowboys” and then it really starts to heat up with Agent K’s deep and dirty remix of "Creatures.” Other standouts include Speeka’s version of "My Only Love,” and Jimpster’s seriously dark and sexy take on "Stay by My Side.” Gus Gus are probably the most established artists on the line-up, and sadly, their remix of "High,” is one of the weak spots. The remixes and the original tracks make a nice companion, and there’s enough distinction between the two to make this a very worthwhile double album, worthy of shelf space beside other compilations like Kruder & Dorfmeister’s infamous K&D Sessions. (Bar De Lune)