Prins Thomas

Principe del Norte Remixed

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Following Prins Thomas' lengthy ambient house opus Principe del Norte, the Norwegian space disco king extends the reverie with a double CD of remixes and newer tracks. The original album brilliantly paid homage to '70s prog rock and cosmic electronic music as well as '90s ambient techno, and was thoroughly enchanting throughout its 96-minute duration. Principe del Norte Remixed has an abundance of worthwhile material, although at two and a half hours (including no less than eight tracks clocking in at over ten minutes each), it ends up being an exhausting listen. As with the original, the first disc of Remixed is the more abstract, spacious one, ranging from a bugged-out, squirmy Sun Araw mix to a mellow flute-driven version by Dungen. Prins Thomas contributes a sublime original called "J," and the collection starts to become more kinetic with dancefloor mixes by I:Cube and Young Marco. The second disc is all percolating techno and simmering acid house, including two Prins Thomas originals and a self-remix. Gerd Janson's take on "A1" is a grin-inducing cut with synths that seem to bubble upwards, and a vibraslap buried in the mix. Ricardo Villalobos provides two mixes of "C" that are as excessively minimal as one would expect from the producer -- they clock in at 13 minutes each! The "King Crab Mix" has a clicky microhouse beat with "Strings of Life" stabs at weird intervals, and the following "Knödel Prince Dub" is the same but even more stripped-down. The Orb couldn't be a more fitting choice to remix Principe del Norte, and along with an "Orbient Mix" of "H" on the first disc, there's the "Heaven or Hell Remix," which places typewriter dings and rippling echoes over a steady disco/house beat. Hieroglyphic Being also contributes two fantastic mixes, the first of which starts out weightless and fluttery before developing a rough, choppy beat, and the second containing a beat all the way through.

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