Album Review: Goldfrapp, ‘We Are Glitter’

Album Review: Goldfrapp, ‘We Are Glitter’

I fell hard for Goldfrapp’s Supernature, a sly and stylish electro-pop record that hasn’t left my iPod since its UK release last August — which was issued in North America earlier this year. The album obviously hit a nerve on this side of the ocean, too, because the Supernature remix collection We Are Glitter, is […]

I fell hard for Goldfrapp’s Supernature, a sly and stylish electro-pop record that hasn’t left my iPod since its UK release last August — which was issued in North America earlier this year. The album obviously hit a nerve on this side of the ocean, too, because the Supernature remix collection We Are Glitter, is being released simultaneously here and in the UK.

But if the idea of a remix collection doesn’t instantly make you want to rush to the record store, I understand. However, unlike the by-the-numbers mixes issued to the clubs lately, Goldfrapp are one of the few acts whose tracks inspire dazzling club creations from remixers. Glitter presents eleven of the best commissions, plus a new remix by the group of “Strict Machine” from 2003’s Black Cherry.

Fortunately, the remixes in Glitter are rarely 4/4 beat club exercises (except perhaps the Benny Benassi remix of “Ooh La La”) and usually take unexpected, revelatory turns. The first track, a chilled remix of “Satin Chic” by the Shortwave Set, is an obvious highlight, as are the dream-pop takes on “Number 1” and “You Never Know” by Iceland’s Num. My favourite long-form club remixes include the industrial version of “Lovely 2 C U” by T. Raumschmiere and the sly DFA remix of “Slide In.” Unfortunately, the club remixes of Supernature‘s best cut “Number 1” were dismal, though the Alan Braxe & Fred Falke mix included here was the pick of a poor lot.

While Glitter is unlikely to make new converts, fans that fell in love with Supernature will find a treasure trove here. It’s all killer and no filler — with no extra import duties applied. (Mute)