Elevator Suite - Remixes

Going up (and down, then up again)

Electronic pop trio Elevator Suite
formed in 1999 around DJs
Andy Childs and Paul Roberts,
plus Totnes-based producer
Steve Grainger. Influenced by
anyone from The Beatles and
Bacharach to Air and Pet Shop
Boys, the group signed to the
Mushroom Infectious roster
which also housed Muse, Ash
and Garbage, releasing debut
album Barefoot & Shitfaced.
Dissatisfied with sales, they
parted from Mushroom amid
inter-band strife, finally returning
last year with an expanded line-up
and their self-titled second
album. Demand grew for the
limited remixes of singles,
resulting in this compilation.

Two tracks get several takes;
The Wheel is turned over to Alex
Metric, Long Range, Michael
Morph and Crazy P (formerly
Penis), who conjures a haunting
electro-minimal canter, while
Time After Time gets rogered by
Aquasky’s grunty breaks, but
soothed by Melophonic’s
sympathetic rock treatment and
spiked with pills both ecstatic
and psychedelic by Joyski and
Mowglee, who successfully
focuses on the song rather than
his laptop. Elsewhere, Robot and
Childs tackle Local DJ, while one
Nigel from Bermondsey tickles
How Does It Feel. Original
versions of I Feel Music and
Blue Lights provide two bonus
tracks, which are the best
enticement to check out the
group itself.

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Pure Mint | tbc

Reviewed by Kris Needs
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