Various: Alice Russell; The Pot of Gold Remixes (Little Poppet)

 |   |  <1 min read

Alice Russell: Got the Hunger? (Ticklah remix)
Various: Alice Russell; The Pot of Gold Remixes (Little Poppet)

This may well be for a minority audience for a few reasons: not as many people liked UK soul singer Alice Russell's late 2008 album Pot of Gold quite as much as I did (but seemed to like her Auckland gig a whole lot more than me, I quit out of despair). And this is a double disc of remixes of those album tracks by the likes DJ Vadim, Mr Scruff, Mocean Worker, Kid Gusto, Shawn Lee and others.

So that is a lot of remixing (by some admittedly big names) of music that seemed to underwhelm many.

Still, remixers can maybe bring out elements that were lost on the original (or create a different tone by adding percussion and/or other instruments).

Certainly this really works in the hands of Mocean Worker (on a multi-dimensional and exciting rehit of All Alone) and Herman Puma (taking Two Steps into sultry post-Motown soul). And when Laura J Martin finds a woozy and dramatic European cabaret element in a busy re-jig of Lights Went Out, on Shawn Lee's cinematically urgent Two Steps, the slippery-jazzy Universe remix by Dusty with flickery flute added. . .

Needless to say Russell herself often disappears (Emika's stripped out Hurry On Now) and my guess is only the very serious will sit down to compare the five versions of Got the Hunger? (DJ Vadim, J-Boogie, Llorca, Ticklah and The Heavy Mix).

But this is doubtless a lifesaver if you are a soul-inclined DJ working the clubs.

Dip and dive selectively. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Mariame: Bloom (N'we Jinan)

Mariame: Bloom (N'we Jinan)

When a North American singer is presented as the “Cree Rihanna” it's hard to know how to respond. Are you being invited to show more interest just... > Read more

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra: Be Mine Tonight (ukulele.co.nz)

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra: Be Mine Tonight (ukulele.co.nz)

Among the many problems I have with this -- and they start with the cheap looking cover and extend to the sheer obviousness of the project -- is how utterly joyless some of these versions of New... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Yoko Ono: Imagine (2018)

Yoko Ono: Imagine (2018)

Let it be said straight off, there is a lot of Yoko Ono that Elsewhere plays (in private of course) and actually enjoys. Her Plastic Ono Band album is an Essential Elsewhere album and quite a... > Read more

Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing

Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing

In recent years Suzanne Vega -- who came to attention wth the beguiling Marlene on the Wall song on her self-titled debut album in '85 -- had taken to going back into her catalogue and re-recording... > Read more