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health - Disco2
**DUAL-LAYER CD WITH 12 BONUS REMIXES BY NITE JEWEL, CLIPD BEAKS, RAINBOW ARABIA AND MORE** Back for a second remix album, noise rock heroes HEALTH have once again lined up some great artists. A quick surveying of the tracklist will reveal the inclusion of such hot tickets as Gold Panda, Small Black, Javelin, Blondes, Tobacco and almost inevitably, Crystal Castles, who show up for a sequel to the hugely successful voice-mangling pop masterpiece, 'Crimewave'. Before we get to the remixers, there's a Health original to contend with: recent single 'USA Boys' kicks off the album with a mighty thud, gaining assistance from big-name producer Alan Moulder, whose previous credits include My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails and even The Killers. The song powerfully blends machined beats, strobing synths and partially dissolved vocals to create a sound that nicely sets up the tone of the material to come. Cfcf are the first out of the blocks, reimagining 'Before Tigers as a kind of slow Balearic disco number trapped in a morphine cloud. Soon, glo-fi heroes Javelin show up with some choice synth-funk manoeuvres (complete with slap bass) and Tobacco (one quarter of Black Moth Super Rainbow) arrives with an overdriven, breakbeat-festooned take on 'Die Slow'. The good stuff keeps on coming with a tuneful yet muggy contribution from chillwave posterboys Small Black, followed by the excellent Gold Panda, whose splendidly produced take on 'Before Tigers' has a crisp dancefloor appeal that nevertheless retains a poppy edge. At the album's midpoint that much anticipated Crystal Castles collab enters the frame: 'Eat Flesh' is transformed from a panicked, pandemonious frenzy into an unexpectedly melancholy arrangement dominated by hangdog synth chords and phantasmic vocals, only sporadically bursting into life with furious spurts of drumming. After the razor-sharp pop of 'Crimewave', this comes as something of a curveball, leaving you with one of the album's more experimental moments. The album's second half keeps up the momentum nicely, and there are still top-notch contributions to follow from Salem, Blondes, Pictureplane, Little Loud and Blindoldfreak, making for a remix album of freakishly high quality.