2016 May 27     
2 Bit Thugs

Mixes come from Ray Mang, Tom Furse, Horse Meat Disco and more

Some 28 years on from the release of their first album Original Soundtrack, Mark Moore's S'Express get the remix treatment here.

Though they're remembered mostly for only a handful of singles, it's hard to overstate the impact that S'Express had when they arrived back in 1988. One of the UK's first successful homegrown house acts, they emerged from the London club scene and took the charts by storm, with the various members all going on to forge separate careers: Moore and vocalist Sonique as DJs and remixers, and Pascal Gabriel, who was also involved with Bomb The Bass, as a songwriter and producer for A-list pop acts (Erasure, Inspiral Carpets, Kylie Minogue) and electro starlets (Little Boots, Miss Kittin, Goldfrapp) alike. Guest vocalist Billie Ray Martin hasn't done too badly, either!

For this remix collection on his new Needle Boss Records label, Moore has drafted in an eclectic range of producers, from disco heroes Ray Mang and Horse Meat Disco, to industrial veterans Chris & Cosey and Tom Furse from The Horrors. As such, there's a fair degree of stylistic variety here, and a nice balance between remixes which simply give the tracks a 21st Century sonic update (see, for instance, Horse Meat Disco's Balearically-inflected take on Pimps, Pushers And Prostitutes) to those which take them into new, often quite leftfield musical territory (eg the Reuben Wu Ladytron mix of Superfly Groove). The album then ends with a couple of tracks from Moore's other projects: the haunting, languid electronica of Fragile Souls' Nothing To Lose and the deep, jazzy groove of Noam Kantatik's Twinkle.

How well this collection will reach out to a younger audience is a moot point - 28 years is a long time, though those who do check out the album will find these remixes sound thoroughly contemporary. But for the more, ahem, 'time-served' among us it's a chance to revisit some old favourites in all-new, completely fresh form, and comes thoroughly recommended.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 27 May


Review Score: 8




Tags: S'Express, S-Express, Mark Moore, Sonique, Billie Ray Martin, Tom Furse, Ray Mang, Chris & Cosey, Horse Meat Disco, Horsemeat Disco, Needle Boss Records