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Stanton Warriors - The Remixes

Stanton Warriors, The Remixes

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

STANTON Warriors are the world’s biggest breaks DJs. Voted ‘Best Breakbeat Act’ in DJmag’s Top 100 DJs poll, they also mixed the biggest-selling breakbeat compilation of all time in the form of Stanton Sessions.

The compilation won best album at both the Dancestar and Muzik Magazine Awards, beating the likes of Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia and Skint’s own Fatboy Slim in the process.

Their trophy collecting continued with the Lost Files debut album winning album of the year on the Ann Nightingale show and the recent Fabric Live album picking up best compilation at this years Breakspoll awards.

Needless to say, such success brings great demand and they’ve also remixed some of the biggest names in the business, from Gorillaz, Busta Rhymes and Fatboy Slim to Chicken Lips, Azzido Da Bass, Basement Jaxx and Mylo.

With an open-minded approach to the tracks they choose, Stanton Warriors have always been careful never to get stuck in one sound.

Remixes are looked on as tools for their own incendiary DJ sets, with tracks selected purely on merit, not money. It’s this diversity that has always rendered the Stantons impossible to pigeonhole, yet by the same token, has gained them a massive appeal that spans the musical spectrum.

What better time, then, to release a remix collection, bringing together some of their finest work on one gigantic mix CD?

The result is both breathlessly energetic, highly eclectic and as hit-and-miss as any dance album comes.

Highlights include their pumped-up take on Gorillaz Feel Good Inc, a clever fusion of the best elements of that track complete with exaggerated laughs, thumping new beats and a sing-along sensibility that makes it tailor-made for dancefloor filling. What’s more, it samples one of the best musical interludes on the track and throws it in several times over!

Alter Ego’s Rocker gets a beat-tastic workout that’s also dripping in Mr Scruff-style funk, while Apollo 440’s Dude Descending A Staircase is given a similarly striking makeover.

We also dug the Stanton Warriors’ take on the Cosmos track Break Me With You, which always seemed tailor-made for their particular skill set, and an utterly charged remix of Fatboy Slim’s Demos, featuring the ultra sassy vocals of Macy Gray.

Coburn’s We Interrupt This Program and The Beginnerz Restless Girl are also worth getting down with, while the Warriors’ own Shake It Up brings the album to a suitably super-charged close.

But there are disappointments. And some remixes either fall into the categories marked bland or hopelessly generic, pandering to the mainstream Ibiza sound and all that’s useless and repetitive about it.

We’re talking the likes of Layo & Bushwacka’s Love Story, Basement Jaxx’s Jump And Shout and Chicken Lips’ She’s Not In to name but three.

Such moments take the gloss off an otherwise breathless compilation that goes some way to explaining why the Stanton Warriors have managed to garner such acclaim.

Download picks: Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc; Fatboy Slim – Demos; The Beginnerz – Restless Girl; Coburn – We Interrupt This Program*

Track listing:

  1. Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz [Exclusive]
  2. Rocker – Alter Ego
  3. Dude Descending A Staircase – Apollo 440
  4. She’s Not In – Chicken Lips
  5. Dooms Night – Azzido Da Bass
  6. Break Me With You – Cosmos
  7. Demos – Fatboy Slim
  8. We Interrupt This Program – Coburn
  9. Hyperfunk – Reach And Spin
  10. Jump And Shout – Basement Jaxx
  11. Love Story – Layo & Bushwacka
  12. Restless Girl – The Beginnerz
  13. It Just Won’t Do – Tim Deluxe
  14. Bring It On – Goose [Exclusive]
  15. Shake It Up – Stanton Warriors [Exclusive]