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Soft Cell Heat: The Remixes Review

Remix. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

The result is a wide journey through electronica, from banging dance-floor shakers to...

Elle J Small 2008

With the world and his dog all going crazy in recent years over electro and the 80s revival, Soft Cell have timed this remix album rather well. Kings of synth pop; the duo are best known for their whopping hit, Tainted Love. That number one track (interestingly, an obscure northern soul remix) cemented the boys' musical status, alongside fellow synth popsters, Depeche Mode and the Eurythmics.

28 years on comes this 26-track, double remix CD. Unusually, Soft Cell have chosen an array of dance music notables on rework duties (namely Richard X, Manhattan Clique and Cicada), alongside genuine Soft Cell fans. The result is a wide journey through electronica, from banging dance-floor shakers to chilled car-stereo cruisers - some brilliant, many boring.

Lowlights on disc one include Marcas Lancaster's depressing take on Where The Heart Is and Manhattan Clique's version of Torch; a dub-meets-dance number which fails to leave an impression with its dull bass-line and grey arrangements. On a brighter note, Dakeyne gets his hard boogie on with a club-tastic version of the almighty Tainted Love, while The Memory Band offer a beautiful, whispery rework of Youth.

Sadly, disc two generates fewer highlights, with Yer Man's version of Heat being the best of a bad bunch. The Nitewreckers do little to make Baby Doll appeal, with their gloomy, grungy and, at times, suicidal offering. Monkey Farm win worst remix hands-down though, with their diabolically messy, head-splitting take on Her Imagination.

While there are a couple of gems to be unearthed here, unless you're a Soft Cell fanatic, we suggest you purchase individual tracks alone.

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