This project needs to be listened to with the good humour that obviously instigated it. The choice of covers running from the classy (Blue Nile`s Heatwave, Detroit`s Glass Domain) to the very likely ironic (Beverley Craven, Julio Iglesias). Most of the versions are Electronic. Kim Wilde`s Flying To Columbia made over as Italo Disco. A would-be Cosmic Classic of synthesised thunderclaps and alien voices. Ultimate Warlords and Magic Flys. Oasis are reimagined as Speed Garage. Andreas Dorau`s Nordsee as Machine Motorik. There`s Sultan Shakes` super enthusiastic re-oud-do of Voodoo Ray. Attacking Gerald`s seminal House groove with more percussion. More chanting. The big exception is Eyedress` acoustic take on The Beastie Boys` Girls. Where the Def Jam becomes Kurt Vile doing Daniel Johnston. Stand-outs for me are Thool`s French-language, Paradis-like translation of Joe Jackson`s Steppin` Out, and ALASKALASKA`s sleaze through Edwyn Collins` Northern Soul homage, A Girl Like You. A cool blue sax replacing the original`s distinctive distorted guitar hook. Hands down, the most “Balearic” is Geller & Kaya`s horny Wham Dub. Monkey Drum mooching like Bananarama`s Cruel Summer meets St. Etienne`s A Mix Of Two Halves.
You can buy the digital directly here. Emotional Response have also selected 10 of the 15 tracks for two forthcoming 12” samplers.