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Junior Boys
The Dead Horse
Domino

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


April 9, 2007
Everything seems to fall into place for the Junior Boys. Not only did So This is Goodbye surpass expectations and spark praise almost universally upon its release last year, but the Boys have since managed to convince such highly acclaimed names as Hot Chip and Carl Craig to give a selection of their tracks a creative once-over. Rather than having the remixes lurk curiously about the web, the fine folks at Domino have neatly packaged them in a tangible format in the form of The Dead Horse EP.

While Goodbye was a pretty much straight-down-the-middle sort of record, The Dead Horse EP showcases a comparatively eclectic mix of reworks. Hot Chip up their status even more with a mighty-fine scrambling of "In the Morning." At almost ten minutes, it's quite a lengthy track, but the Brits hold it together well and retain the Boys' original's natural feel. Tensnake's minimalist house version of "FM" is less remarkable, as although it renders the track with a different color, the spark fades after the first couple of minutes. The flow is restored, however, by Carl Craig's take on "Like a Child" - a darker, minor-key-dwelling version of the original. The diversity really kicks in as "Double Shadow" is given a formidable dubstep facelift by Kode9, and Marsen Jules wraps thing up with a sweeping ambient adaptation of "FM."

Reeling off noteworthy remix records wouldn't be a daunting task, so it'll please the Junior Boys to file The Dead Horse EP in such a catalog. It'll never hit the same highs as So This is Goodbye or Last Exit, the duo's eye-opening debut, but the expertise of Craig, Jules and company is enough to conjure an interesting mix of flavors. As it stands, Dead Horse is by no means essential, but will give existing fans a means of hearing their favorite Junior Boys tracks in different guises.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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