The charm here is in the chase: right from the off there's an inherent sense of climax that never really comes (in a good way). The records are seamlessly blended and sequenced throughout, with each one building on what went before—for instance, the way the beachy guitar trills of Begin's "Lay Dub" make way for gummy beats and more prominent strums of "Field Of Dream (Lexx remix)." A passage of records doused in bright colours and ringing harmonics from the likes of Lone and The Fog seem to have you craning upwards, as if you're at the centre of a radiant glow about to be beamed up into the cosmos. During the Italo dazzles of "Rimini '80" by Boys From Patagonia, you're so high you wonder where things can go in the second half. But the pair respond knowingly, stripping things back to a chugging kick drum and more sombre mood just when they needed to.
And then they re-build once again, first with funk bass, then the high rise and fall of a heavy kick, and onto the thickly plucked riff of "Birdshell," which sounds as good dubbed by The Revenge as it did in original form on Andrew Weatherall's recent Masterpiece. At this point, KZA and Trent have piloted quite the trip,and as such, lovingly coax you down through grooves like "Burnin Tears" and Toby Tobias's humid remix of "Mania Theme." Smart and sophisticated, this mix is a more lasting experience than a flash-pan pleasure.