The Replacement Percussionists: Rocket Scientists In Disguise

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This was m-flo's first remix CD, based on the trio's album Planet Shining and The Tripod EP, and featuring about 50 percent unreleased material (many of these remixes had appeared on their singles). A number of top remixers from Japan and Europe step up to the plate to take on m-flo's smooth hip-hop and twist it into any numbers of genres. There's the acid jazz remix by Sunaga T. Experience of "Deep Within Audiomusica No. 12," keeping a Dorado Records-like vibe going for seven minutes. Yasuharu Konishi prettifies "Hands" into a mix that incorporates 1950s-style strings, glissandos, and a Debbie Drake workout record. United Future Organization's mix of "Chronopsychology" goes nowhere, but Towa Tei's "SRATM Mix" brings out the funk with a crazily edited vocal treatment. When the mixes are at their best, they easily surpass the originals.