It’s no surprise that London DJ chooses to open his long form album account with a collection of his remixes, which are amongst the most consistent in dance reworks. As a listener approaching a remix album, what you want to hear is a good mix of genres/tracks given a fresh treatment with some commonality to tie them together. The original track should not be completely pulled apart making it unrecognisable but merely enhanced.
London DJ Alex Metric has succeeded in doing so with his debut album Open Your Eyes, a collection of remixes from the past two years along with two of his own original tracks. Among the artists remixed are Phoenix, Gorillaz, Bloc Party, Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode and Ellie Goulding. ‘Stylo’ by Gorillaz is given a Studio 54 disco makeover with some sexy ’80s synth, while Bloc Party’s ‘One More Chance’ has been souped up with piano riffs overlaying a thumping bassline. Ellie Goulding’s ‘Salt Skin’ is given a complete dance overhaul with europhic beats, a vast improvement on the original version. The album is spiced up with a little bit of attitude courtesy of Metric’s version of ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys, and an excellent remix of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’.
One of the highlights is breakthrough act Niki & The Dove’s ‘Mother Protect’ with the ethereal and unusual vocals of Malin Dahltstrom perfectly complimenting the electro beat. Metric’s own original track ‘Open Your Eyes’, a collaboration with Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, is one of the standout tracks, a soaring dance anthem and already a club hit.
While the album lacks hard edges or dark thumping beats it has all the requisite ‘hands in the air’ moments, four to the floor beats and euphoric breaks you would expect. An excellent taster of things to come from an already prolific remixer.