Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, body-pop.
Background/Info: Finnish formation Neuroactive this year struck back with their newest opus “Minor-Side Effects”, which also was their first album ever released on Alfa Matrix while getting back to the original ‘early’ line-up of the band. The song “Dances” is taken from the album and got exposed to the familiar treatment of remixes.
Content: Neuroactive opens the ‘remix battle’ with their own “Club Mix” boosting the power and dance beats followed by the “Bitter Fruit Mix”. We next get 6 remixes by some familiar names such as Assemblage 23, Aesthetische and Aiboforcen plus the excellent Wave In Head and 808dotpop plus the totally unknown Aeronaut V, which is a side-project of Ville Brusi.
+ + + : “Dances” is an appropriate title for an EP although it was not exactly my personal favorite track from the album. So I was a bit skeptical about this choice, but the “Club Mix” is an efficient opener followed by great remixes by Assemblage 23 boosting the original edit into pure dancefloor power, 808 Dot.Pop realizing a great progression in a remix with cool bleeping sequences and Aesthetische injecting some power and coldness in their remix. So in the end I should say this EP reveals much more efficient edits of “Dances” than its original version.
– – – : I expected a bit more out of the remix by Wave In The Head while the unknown to me Aeronaut V plus the “Bitter Fruit Remix” didn’t exactly add any bonus.
Conclusion: “Dances” is an EP, which will ravish the fans of this formation, but it also is a work filled with variety!
Best songs: “Dances – Assemblage 23 Remix”, “Dances – 808 Dot Mix”, “Dances – Aesthetische Reworx”.