Rhye - Blood Remixed - 2x LP Vinyl

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SKU:
c0017625
UPC:
888072088429

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Artist:
Rhye
Album:
Blood Remixed
Format:
12" Vinyl
UPC:
888072088429

Description

Internationally lauded Toronto soul artist (and Exclaim! cover star) Rhye is about voice. A voice usually used to explore the expanse of human romantic emotions, and in this case, handed over to a host of producers to work into their own visions. The taste and restraint that is a hallmark of the two Rhye records is evidenced here — all of these songs are good. In the hands of remixers, the delicate finery of Rhye's art is run through more machines, before being dragged willingly onto the dance floor.

The activity of one's own mind and the inevitability of change as they relate to love are repeated and resonant themes in the oeuvre of Rhye. These ideas course through the opening track, the RY X remix of "Waste," which sets a tone for this splendid collection of tracks.

Part of Rhye's craft is the knack for conveying depth of feeling while seemingly effortlessly breathing out eternal one-liners and illuminating double entendre. This artist masterfully masks complex emotional revelations in the simplicity of casual R&B and neo-soul weepers. In the case of Blood Remixed, electronics serve both to emphasize the groove and to highlight the incongruity of pain (or bewilderment of joy) that kicks like a mule in the throes of love and heartbreak.

Digital static is a part of the modern lover's journey however you define it, but normally doesn't have place among the organic garden of Rhye's recordings. In the spare moments that these songs go into the red, it works to upset our trance, like the sound of texts vibrating into a partner's phone that has been suspiciously turned screen side down.

Many of these are already unabashedly sexy songs, and as with Sade in decades past, the tasteful touch of purveyors of restrained remixes, such as Poolside on "Feel Your Weight," only deepens the sexiness, like studio tantra for the audio erotica of the original verses. A similar effect on "Count to Five," where the passionate hunger in the lyrics of the original is stretched and splayed into a languid, mellow elegy to Balearic bliss by Tensnake. Jacques Greene's techno sets a lengthy instrumental mood, so that when Rhye's vocal is painstakingly layered into "Song for You," the normally angelic quality is accentuated to dreamlike ends.

The crux of what makes most of these remixes so captivating is that they take a powerful interment, Rhye's voice, and not only re-contextualize it, but give it the freedom to repeat into nothingness, fade in and out like a mirage, or ride on the beat. A collection of standalone electronic heat for the coming, Rhye's voice, powerful even in a whisper, being brought by beats with all the wisdom and inevitability of the winter wind.
A1Waste
Remix – RY X
A2Taste
Remix – Moon Boots
A3Taste
Remix – Mano Le Tough
B1Feel Your Weight
Remix – Poolside
B2Please
Remix – Jeff Samuel
B3Count To Five
Remix – Tensnake
C1Song For You
Remix – Jacques Greene
C2Song For You
Remix – Mansionair
C3Blood Knows
Remix – Trip Tease
C4Stay Safe
Remix – Channel Tres
D1Phoenix
Remix – Little Dragon
D2Softly
Remix – Washed Out
D3Sinful
Remix – Illangelo
D4Summer Days
Remix – Roosevelt (4)

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