This album is a remix compilation of Bill Laswell's
Oscillations cds (volume 1 and 2) which is strong and
varied enough to stand well on its own. With artistic renditions
of these songs performed by acts such as Ui, Endemic
Void, DJ Grazhoppa and Scanner (to name
a few), this album is a great addition to Laswell's already
deep volume of works.
Unlike Mick Harris and his work with Scorn, this album
is more upbeat, with various influences from tribal drums
of many different cultures. The collection of sounds is varied
from track to track, keeping the album from feeling static
and repetative, as some albums in the genre suffer from. Atom
Heart's Digital Cut-Up is a stuttering drum-ride
layered with haunting background sounds that suddenly unfolds
itself into a firm drum & bass beat. Ui's Very Optimistic
Dog Mix comes out a slow, deep rolling ride that finds
itself to be an impressively heavy yet upbeat track.
The variety and quality of sound in this album really makes
it a great listen. If you've ever liked Bill Laswell,
whose offbeat jazz-ambient-industrial sound has always managed
to catch average listeners unaware, then this album will not
fail you. Much like Scorn's Ellipsis, this album
is great in that it allows the artists' contemporaries to
show their take on already excellent tracks.