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Boomkat Product Review:
After their assault on the Prince back catalogue, Rapster gather together a group of suitably leftfield electronic artists to take on David Bowie. The results are interesting: Nordic jazz loons The Thing transform 'Life On Mars' into what sounds like... carpentry. The various creaks, squeaks and sawing noises are just about sufficiently punctuated by a bassline that plots out the rough melody of the song, while all other instruments lead you well and truly up the garden path. Strange but by no means unappealing. Far more accessible is Au Revoir Simone's version of 'Oh! You Pretty Things': as respectable as it is though, it provides the first early example of this record prompting you to go back to the originals. It's that age-old problem associated with covers albums - sooner or later you're going to end up thinking about how great the source material still is. Fortunately, this selection throws a few curveballs too, such as Kelley Polar's take on 'Magic Dance', from the seminal kids' movie Labyrinth. It's a rather weird, but ultimately very appealing bit of disco silliness, and beats Leo Minor's just plain daft rendering of 'Ashes To Ashes'. A most welcome injection of bass arrives on 'Looking For Water' from Carl Craig's Zoos Of Berlin, and Susuma Yokota far from disgraces himself with 'Golden Years', but a big thumbs up should be hoisted towards Matthew Dear, whose 'Sound & Vision' works about as well as any of this could have hoped to, benefiting from a great production job and a bit of tongue in cheek Bowie impersonation on the vocals.