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Primal Scream - Echo Dek

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2001-01-15

Remix albums are tricky things to pull off. Often, the remix compilation is the record label's way of eking the last drops from a commercially successful artist whose popularity is beginning to wane. Of course, this is not always the case. Echo Dek, a total dub overhaul of Primal Scream's excellent Vanishing Point, stands alone as a great album. This is largely thanks to the inspirational decision to employ legendary dub reggae producer Adrian Sherwood as chief remixer. Sherwood pays the originals much respect, yet still stamps his authority on proceedings. The resultant dubs--spacious, bass-heavy, multi-textured creations--are as good as anything Sherwood has done in the last five or 10 years. Tracks like "Kowalski", "Burning Wheel" and "Trainspotting"--which employed dub soundscapes in original form--are taken to the cleaners with great effect. There are a couple of clangers, but overall the result is stunning and at times invigorating. Echo Dek is one of the better remix albums, on a par with Massive Attack's dub remix No Protection. --Matt Anniss

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