Koop.* ‎– Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes.

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CPT 153-2 Koop.* Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes.(CD, Album, Comp) Compost Records CPT 153-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
XACQ-23003 Koop.* Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes.(CD, Album, Comp) Quality! Records XACQ-23003 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
QMG 5034-2, QMG 5034 Koop.* Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes.(CD, Album, Comp) Quango Records, Quango Records QMG 5034-2, QMG 5034 US 2003 Sell This Version
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TheBlueBoy

TheBlueBoy

October 29, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes., CD, Album, Comp, QMG 5034-2, QMG 5034

After the excellent Waltz for Koop, the talented duo comes up with Alternative Takes. D'Malicious mix of "Baby" immediately sets a positive tone with its smart rhythm and catchy guitar melody. The vocals are well integrated here, in sharp constrast to some of the other mixes, such as the Carlito remix of "Summer Sun". DJ Patife's mix is even worse, as if he randomly took some samples out of "Waltz For Koop" to loop a downright boring drum'n'bass-beat over them for about eight minutes. Nicola Conte disappoints too with his version of "Modal Mile", due to the straightforward jazz-noodling and predictable structure. Hird, on the other hand, changes the structure of "In a Heartbeat" and adds some great rhodes and drums, coming close to the beauty of the original. The dreamy mixes of "Bright Nights" and "Modal Mile" by Rima and 2 Banks of 4 respectively are great too, but the best two reinterpretations are the bouncy bass-driven "Relaxin' at Club F****n" by Richard Dorfmeister and Madrid de Los Austrias - with a gorgeous vibraphone contribution - and "Summer Sun" by Markus Enochson, featuring breathtaking instrumentation, funky broken beats and an awesome twist in the middle of the song. A decent remix-album overall.
scoundrel

scoundrel

September 2, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes., CD, Album, Comp, QMG 5034-2, QMG 5034

WALTZ FOR KOOP (ALTERNATIVE TAKES) takes Koop's marvelous album and puts it through the remix machine, with good results overall. Nicola Conte's take of "Tonight," for instance, makes it speedier and more in line with Conte's own aesthetic. Refitting the waltz-rhythm lyrics into a strict 4/4 beat is troublesome, however, and the vocals seem a little off-kilter because of it (a problem that also plagues DJ Patlife's drum 'n' bass version of "Waltz for Koop"). Richard Dorfmeister and Madrid de Los Austrias house up "Relaxin' at Club F****n" even further, and Rima send "Bright Nights" into dubbed outer space. The standout on the album, however, is the Markus Enochson mix of "Summer Sun," which retains the bright, warm atmosphere and gives it a house kick drum. Perhaps it's a testament to the strength of the original that it can be so easily converted into a deep house club hit. Conversely, the 2 Banks of 4 mix of "Modal Mile" is somewhat bland, despite the addition of Valerie Etienne's considerable voice. A mixed bag, certainly, with quality taking the lead.