Sally Shapiro / Various Remix Romance Vol. 2

Sally Shapiro / Various Remix Romance Vol. 2
To give an album two volumes of remix treatment verges on the excessive and, as Sally Shapiro’s main man Johan Agebjörn puts it, is "kind of mad.” Nevertheless, after the recently released Remix Romance Vol. 1 comes Vol. 2, which finds artists such as Dntel, Russian Futurists and Solvent having another go at Disco Romance, the breakthrough album by Agebjörn and his Swedish songstress Sally Shapiro. And for the most part, Vol. 2 shows the duo’s Italo disco-leaning tracks have a little life in them still. Slick, electro makeovers by CFCF, SLL and old school Italo disco producer Alexander Robotnick may be second tier but they’re still first rate, twisting the tracks up enough to keep things interesting but still highlighting the reasons why you fell in love with the songs in the first place. However, if Vol. 2 has a weakness it’s that the remixers play it a bit too safe. They don’t take as many chances as the original bunch did and sadly never top the greatness of the Sally Shapiro originals. Even so, Remix Romance Vol. 2 cuddles up nicely alongside both the original Romance and Vol. 1. (Paper Bag)