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Boomkat Product Review:
Over the years Anticon has expanded upon its leftfield hip hop origins to incorporate a broader range of similarly forward-thinking musical styles and genres. It's fitting then that Alias (aka Brendon Whitney), a mainstay of the label, should follow suit and absorb these varied influences. His album "Muted" and the Alias & Ehren collaboration "Lillian" both proved that Whitney was a producer to be reckoned with whose skills certainly weren't restricted to any single approach. If ever there was an apt vehicle for demonstrating this, it's this remix collection. Whitney tackles original material by the likes of Lali Puna, Lucky Pierre, 13 + God, Giardini Di Miro and fellow Anticon hero Sixtoo, leaving his own characteristic mark wherever he goes. The first track here, 'What You Gave Away' originally by One AM Radio, is a head-on collision between the fragile, source vocal and Alias' robust beat work. This seems to be a principle Whitney applies to much of the more pop-oriented material here (see also Boy In Static's 'Stay Awake' and John Vanderslice's 'Exodus Damage'). The instrumental tracks are just as good though, particularly the remix of Lucky Pierre's 'Crush', and there's no disputing Whitney rises to the occasion when faced with re-imagining hip hop as is the case with Sixtoo's 'Karmic Retribution/Funny Sticks'. Appropriately enough, the album draws to a close with an alternate version of Alias & Tarsier's '9:24 Cigarette', one of the album's highlights, and in itself a kind of melting pot of all Whitney's production signatures. Excellent.