Album Reviews, Dance / Electro — March 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

REVIEW: Azari & III – Remix Album 2013

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Artist Name: Azari & III
Title Name: Remix Album 2013
Label: Dim Mak 
Reviewed by: Rory O’Maley

Since their whirlwind arrival last year it’s been hard to turn a corner in clubland without bumping in to Azari & III. Winning hearts around the world with the infectious “Reckless With Your Love”, the Canadians ploughed through the popular dance scene with one of the most successful albums of 2012. Now a year on Azari & III are making sure the spotlight stays steady with Remix Album 2013.

It’s a monster. Though only 7 tracks are actually remixed, the names the producers used are startlingly on point players of the last year. Art Department, Nicolas Jaar, Sei A, Maceo Plex, Konrad Black, Tiga – with a line up like this it’s safe to expect some big things, and the mixes certainly didn’t disappoint.

Tiga sets the pace with a tasty remix of club anthem “Reckless (With Your Love)”. Sliding basslines and offbeat percussives are rife as the track glides toward a break that does the label head justice. Riva Starr‘s take is a reasonably boppy club filler while The Aston Shuffle‘s version is definitely the festival track of the album – you know, if that’s your thing…

“Manic” is next under the knife, with personal favourite Maceo Plex adding his trademark bass and jutted vocal combo to great effect. Luca C also delivers well on the track with a smoother track with a great flow, while Disclosure‘s mix bubbles things up with an intense, broken synth line that pounds through the ears.

Guy Gerber brings a similar intensity in “Hungry For The Power” while Jamie Jones‘ take is a smooth, dark stomper that builds nicely. The standout remix though is definitely Art Department’s who deliver a surprising Disco take on the track; they even last a full minute and a half before adding a deep creeping vocal, which must be a personal best.

The album keeps going with Prince Language and Nico giving polar opposite mixes for “In to the Night” and some really top quality of lesser known “Manhooker”, “Lost in Time” and “Indigo” from Locked Groove, Jori Hulkkonnen and Konrad Black. Even after a few listens, it’s amazing the group have found and fit so many good mixes and big names into sixteen tracks. If you’re a DJ or a production fan, the variance and quality of this album are definitely worthy of your attention.

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VIDEO

Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love) [Tiga’s What Iz House Muzik Remix]