Kuedo sets the tone in appropriately out-there fashion with his neon fibreglass dubstep constructed on top of "Goodbye Girl," while Hype Williams provides a sunblind synth envisioning of "Sumtime" and Kode9 bunches up "Meltdown" into the needlepoint dance of his Black Sun material. The attempts to reach beyond typical Hyperdub-associated names are even more exciting: Mala makes the most of KMS' considerable dubstep potential with his punishing remix of "Earth A Kill Ya" while Gang Gang Dance put a playful circus-tent over the same track, a perfect microcosm of the record's stunning diversity. The most successful tracks are actually the riskiest: DeepChord Presents Echospace provides a fascinating deconstruction of "Goodbye Girl," suspending Kevin Martin's darting basslines in a dissolute dub techno fog, while Nite Jewel drapes "Lost" in her trademark woozy synths for the indubitable album highlight, something that sounds daringly different yet not at all incongruous.
One of the more interesting aspects of the album is the series of "revoices," an example of how the album caters more to a dub inspiration than anything else. Instead of remixing the tracks, vocalists replace the original vocal tracks with their own, leaving the instrumental intact. It doesn't always work—Joel Ford's childlike voice doesn't gel with the group's music—but when it does, the results are stunning, as Cooly G and dBridge's reverb-soaked takes rival the originals. Perhaps the biggest compliment one can pay to Without You is that over 15 remixes of a 13-song album it never feels like we're stuck with the same song over and over again, nor are we getting a thrown-together mixed bag of misfits. Much like its musical parent, Without You effortlessly inhales and exhales strands of musical influence past, present and future.