Christopher Dallman’s decadent pop productions are given the utmost of care on the playful “Digital Blue Remixed”. Nicely drawing out some of the synth pop leanings as well as the four to the floor dance pop template, there is a great joy to behold over the course of the album. This, like its predecessor, possesses so much passion. Vocals rest front and center while the arrangements cascade downwards in a beautiful stream of consciousness tact. Beats here powerfully punctuate the power of his delivery while they feel outright gorgeous. His passion is a pure one, as the verses have a fiery presence to them incorporating moments of yearning, of the desire to be together, as well as the joys that come with a sense of community.
The sound of Christopher Dallman’s remix album draws from the classics: with some of the Calibeats remixes in particular reminiscent of New Order’s economical rhythms. By stripping the sound down to the essentials, the tracks hint at a greater truth: one that incorporates dance music’s origins as a purely physical sound. Beyond this there is a hint of Depeche Mode’s industrial-pop leanings as a further muse. Layer upon layer filters into the fray with the additional beats helping to reflect upon its more carnal impulses.
Skeletal synthesizer impulses skew the whole of the opener “Digital Blue (Calibeats Remix)” where the track builds and builds. Neon-hued splendor reigns supreme with the blissed-out chill effects of “Highway Lines (Calibeats Remix)”. Treated vocals work wonders on the yearning tenderness of “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone Anymore”. By far the highlight of the album the vocals come straight from the heart showing a vulnerable side. Quiet celebrations periodically burst throughout the playful “How I Swim (Calibeats Remix)” which recalls early 2000s synth-pop. Cinematic flourishes break on through the whirl of “Time of My Life (Calibeats Remix)”. Vocals have a carefree attitude on the optimism of “So High (Calibeats Remix)”.
Elements of the psychedelic filter through with “M.I.A” where nods to Boards of Canada’s output feels particularly apt. Hyperactive tempos race through on the swimming blurs of “Butterfly (SIRPAUL Digital Skin Remix)”. With “Lightspeed (Calibeats Remix)” the beats almost seem to fold into themselves giving the track a geometric flavor. Tropical percussive elements give “No Sense in Regret (feat. Chantae Miller) (Calibeats Remix)” has so much passion. Rumbling bass anchors the contemplative take on “M.I.A (Calibeats Remix)”. Impeccable skill brings things to a close on the hopeful credo of “I Believe in You (feat. Chantae Miller) (Calibeats Remix)”.
“Digital Blue Remixed” shows off Christopher Dallman’s deft skill in sculpting tender love ballads made with a futuristic, shimmering sheen.