The two remixes here give that album's highlights a head-turning cleanse. Autechre's remix of "Skeng" takes an already Spartan track and makes it even more razor-sharp minimalist. The beat is so techy and tetchy that it seems to vibrate from within, like a neon light starting to fritz. It's total art music that kills on a system, one of the best remixes of the year. Scratcha DVA's relick of "Poison Dart" gives it the kind of champagne-spray fizz you'd expect, peppering up the snares and goosing the vocals with echo and the beat with old-fashioned analog FX.
"Catch a Fire" evokes Maxinquaye: the shaking bells and lolling electric piano, not to mention a snare that echoes like a bunch of firecrackers, are big enough to lounge in, and give Hitomi's desolate scenario ("Crackheads, pissheads, hood rats, undeads") a stoned, seductive above-it-all quality.