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Atlantiquity Review

by Andy Kellman

Three months after releasing Mayfield: Remixed, Rhino came back with another predictably problematic remix project. This time out, respected KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad pairs a dozen classics from Atlantic's vault -- from the jazz, funk, and soul wings -- with a crop of up-and-coming and established DJs and producers. As is the case with all other compilations of this kind, nearly every new version will give you a nagging itch to hear the original. Some might even make you think less of the originator and the remixer. Take "Pick Up the Pieces," where Charlie Dark (Attica Blues, Blacktronica) turns the Average White Band's horn section into kazoos. Some tracks, such as Vikter Duplaix's remix of Slave's "Watching You," do little more than extend the running time. The best contributions just happen to be the ones where the masters weren't provided; Sa-Ra's look at Kleeer's "Tonight" is, in turn, a dazzling cover, a vibrant studio party featuring Me'Shell NdegéOcello on bass. But even this track can't redeem the disc. If there's a fad in need of a fast, merciless death, it's this one (avoid also: Blue Note Revisited, Motown Remixed, the Verve Remixed series). Would you invite someone to rearrange your living room, only to have him add some ill-matched plants, remove your couch, and push your television a foot to the left?

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