Various Artists

Retro: Active

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Going by the title, the Retro: Active series from Canada's Hi-Bias label sounds like it could be a nightmare of new wave and '80s-alternative singles remixed by modern producers to put a new spin on old favorites. Thankfully, the label has simply plucked extended versions and remixes from previously existing 12" singles -- like the ones you might have sitting in your closet, or the ones you heard in clubs or even on the radio. The first volume is, surprisingly, one of the weakest in the series, with extended versions of Echo & the Bunnymen's "Bring on the Dancing Horses" and a-ha's "Take on Me" as a couple of the few highlights.

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