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Boomkat Product Review:
Some of you may remember a limited mini LP from a few months back that brought together Four Tet and Sybarite remixes of original compositions by The Drift. If you failed to snap that up, here's a second chance: this disc compiles those two monstrous cuts alongside an assortment of other rare or vinyl-only tracks. Also lifted from a limited 12" are opening couplet 'Streets' and 'Nozumi', both of which successfully manage to integrate a number of different genres into a single, coherent musical hybrid. The Drift are able to throw together jazz phrasing, electronic elements and post-rock style narratives with a similar level of fluency to a group like Dictaphone: 'The Streets' is like an interactive electroacoustic jam in which a swingtime, propulsive groove fastens itself onto field recordings of traffic and city sounds whilst 'Nozumi' is structured around a simple, elegiac guitar riff, only to incrementally open up into something that sounds a little like Jaga Jazzist in one of their more downbeat moments. After a couple of bonus tracks lifted from the vinyl edition of the band's 2005 album Noumena, the two remixes fire up. The Four Tet reworking is particularly successful, confirming Hebden's unique knack for destroying and elaborately reassembling live kit sounds without resorting to flashy digitisation.