A decadent mixture of cabaret and dancehall emerge with the Safety Word’s “Remixed Vol. 2”. The slew of stylistic choices run the gamut from industrial to trip-hop to soul, all delivered within a delirious scope. Vocals swim through the dense mixes imbuing them with a sense of passion and life. Melodically rich the way these pieces evolve results in delightfully unexpected ways. Forgoing easy categorization their symphonic approach works wonders as the sound virtually washes over the listener. Ebbing and flowing at its own methodical pace, they prove to understand both the joys of the slow-burn as well as four to the floor dance celebrations, incorporating everything else in between.
By opting for a hybrid approach, the Safety Word draws from electronica’s innovators. The trance-like mantras recall the hypnotic grooves of Underworld’s early output. For the sheer glossy finish of the sound they opt for the blissed-out beauty of Washed Out’s yearning productions. Like Washed Out, they too have a dreamy take on melody, allowing them to virtually exist in a half-remembered dream. A futuristic take on R&B means that they incorporate pieces of Rhye’s early work, for they let the arrangement possess a bright, shimmering color.
Careful keys introduce the lush production of “Games (CITY OF STARS x The Safety Word MIX)” Over the course of the piece it gains a physicality to it, highly addictive and easy to get lost in. Hip-hop influences intermingle with some jazzy improvisation on the longing quality of “Waiting Room (Houg Remix)”. By far the highlight of the album comes from the swirling, whirling mix of “Washed Out (Dada Droog Remix)”. An ornate series of patterns merges to become a virtual stream of consciousness as the droning quality of the melodies results in a stately riff that grows and grows. Deep house vibes emerge on the luxurious take of “Greyscape (Craigus McVegas Remix)”.
Minimal tech house offers a stripped-down, crystal-clear focus with “Right on Time (The Monkeynauts Remix)”. Done with a funky methodology, “Paradigms (Mr. Rachele Remix)” at times touches upon Autechre’s clever mixture of avant-garde and dance. Another highlight, its buildup has a symphonic quality. Spacious effects give “My Kryptonite (Peter Nigido Seek Release)” a feeling of geography. Quite organic “Crystal Caves (Arcane Trickster Remix)” ends things off with a living, breathing pastoral beauty, featuring sweeping vistas that roll on through.
“Remixed Vol. 2” shows off the impeccable taste of the Safety Word in creating a timeless sound that defies easy categorization.