This collection does, in many ways, reflect Patrick and Philipp's eclecticism, but it would be a mistake to suggest that the remixes themselves fall into that category. For while a diverse collection of artists are present, variety is not this collections calling card. But therein lies it's strength. For while M.A.N.D.Y.'s production style is immediately evident throughout, and relatively uniform from track to track, this allows the original artists to shine, serving to emphasise where the inspiration came from in the first place.
Stars of the show include 'Damage', 'I Feel Space', 'Push Push' (which evoked a lot of hazy memories for yours truly), 'Pass This On', 'Come Into My Kitchen' and 'Round Round'. The sound in evidence here is that of very polished electro house with a healthy low end, and there's a range and confidence implicit in this work that is truly on a par with the best pop producers around. Moreover the ambition in assembling a collection like this is almost tangible. Listening to it again and again, it could almost be an artist album, but it's a bit better than that due to the absence of anyhing remotely resembling filler or over-indulgence.
The rule of thumb with the majority of compilations is that they're uneven affairs, flawed by their scope. Not so this. It's a grower, too. I'll be honest and say that I didn't appreciate the mastery at work for the first few listens, but it reeled me in and got me thinking that the only thing that can screw M.A.N.D.Y. up at the moment is becoming victims of their own success.
Mon / 3 Sep 2007
01 Tiefschwarz feat. Tracey Thorn - Damage (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
02 Røyksopp - 49 Percent (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix Edit)
03 Lindstrøm - I Feel Space (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
04 Roxy Music - The Thrill Of It All (M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade’s ‘I’m Your Pusher Man’ Re-Work)
05 Rockers Hi-Fi - Push Push (M.A.N.D.Y.’s Pusher Remix)
06 The Knife - Pass This On (M.A.N.D.Y. Knifer Remix)
07 Joakim - Come Into My Kitchen (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
08 Wessling & Schrom - Donauwellen (M.A.N.D.Y. Mix)
09 Sugababes - Round Round (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
10 Rex The Dog - Prototype (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
11 DJ Monique vs. The Voice Of Rita - Dreams (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
12 Røyksopp - Sparks (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)