Rebekka Bakken / Wolfgang Muthspiel

Daily Mirror Reflected

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If you found Daily Mirror, the avant-garde jazz song project of singer Rebekka Bakken and guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, to be just a bit too abstract, then you might want to take a stroll through this album, which consists of sometimes drastically remixed versions of songs from Daily Mirror. Many of these reworkings are no less challenging than the original songs. Ashley Slater and Tom Gandey's treatment of "Wonders," for example, takes bizarre electronic liberties with Bakken's voice and creates a strange digital collage using delay and a cheesy beatbox rhythm; "Emotions on a Lazy Day" is given a trip-hop setting by Gregor Hibe in which Muthspiel's guitar lines are torn to pieces and then thrown into a vortex of jungly breakbeats while Bakken sings sweetly above the fray. "Drawing Lines" gets a jazzy house mix at the hands of DJ Jeremiah, while the "Air of Decay Beatbox Mix" of "Angela" comes out sounding like an outtake from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Avant-garde dance music simply doesn't get much better than this.

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