X Rated: The Remixes
- Artists Excision, Datsik, Messinian, Savvy, Downlink, SKisM, Dirtyphonics, Space Laces, Loadstar, Lucky Date, Elite Force, High Rankin, Specimen A, Far Too Loud, Xilent, Calyx & TeeBee, Eptic
- Release Date 2012-09-03
- Label mau5trap
- Catalog MAU5CD013
Title track X Rated gets a makeover from both Space Laces and Calyx & TeeBee, who pull it in two very different directions; Space Laces recalibrates the originals swagger into a rollercoaster of juddering bass contortions while Calyx & TeeBee channel its ominous atmospheres as they up the tempo warping it in to a techy drum & bass outing. Meanwhile Xilent and Loadstar both lend their ample production skills to Sleepless, one of the albums more expansive moments. While rising Polish talent Xilent leads with its ethereal vocals and cavernous terrain, playing its more dreamlike aspects off against a glitching, hyperactive arrangement, Loadstar deconstruct it with a jacking half time drum & bass rhythm and incisive mid range bass.
High Rankin retains the metal-influenced jackhammer rhythm of the original while giving Execute an industrial stomp. Eptic stays true to the cartoonish boisterousness of Excision & Datsiks 8 Bit Superhero, using flailing hyperkinetic synths to lead the slowed dubstep beat while the Dirtyphonics crew twist the pairs Deviance into a gnarly 4x4 outing. Specimen A takes Swerve to its extreme, fluidly moving from its linear power to an eccentric drum & bass rinse out while Elite Force splay The Underground into a million tangled strands of energy. Far Too Loud takes SexisM, Excisions deadly collaboration with SkisM, and rewires it to a 4x4 electro beat while Lucky Date complete the stellar lineup taking Ohhh Nooo and fire it off into outer space.
Here X Rated is given a new lease of life viewed through the eyes of some of Excisions most talented contemporaries, seeing us through as we eagerly await more original material from the man himself.