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Hope you did Get Color - HEALTH's second set was one of the highlights of 2009, a box of noisey psychedelic electronic daydreaming track trickery. ::DISCO2 takes those tracks, reorders and reworks them. Well mostly. First track ‘USA Boys’ is in fact the new guy in town, and very good it is too, a stuttering haywire electronic church organ layered with HEALTH’s trademark ethereal reverb-youlike vocals.
Back in 2007 Crystal Castles and HEALTH mingled and decided to release a joint 7-inch together. A few years down the line this musical friendship pays off again, with track seven of ::DISCO2, ‘Eat Flesh’ receiving a CC remix. Who is doing who a favour? Either way this is one of the stand out tracks from this patchy collection. This interpretation is the exciting 8-bit aural assault you'd hope for, starting with a minimal monk-in-a-monastery setup that soon gives way to a sound not unakin to a Mastersystem and alarm clock imploding, the type of sonic scenario that CC do brilliantly.
The other instantly recognisable name on this remix album is East London’s Gold Panda - he rewires ‘Before Tigers’, turning it into a vibrant yet chilled 4/4 plodder that wouldn’t be out of place on a Paul Kalkbrenner Bpitch Ctrl album. Other tracks featured within this collection worth noting include Brooklyn duo Javelin’s 80s Italo disco warm up version of ‘In Heat’ with snug synths and a crunchy slap bass line and the Blondes remix of ‘Nice Girls', that kicks back into spacey ambient territory creating an atmospheric punch to feel cool to. The remaining tracks you could take or leave, unless you are an ardent HEALTH fan or looking for something to spruce up an exploratory electronica DJ set.
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