Julia Biel – ‘Licence To Be Cruel’ [Review]

Julia Biel

A great remix is a beautiful and rare thing. Now that the technology needed to mash up and rework the works of others is easily affordable, the number of people diving into the world of digitized sound manipulation has mushroomed.

Unfortunately, not everyone with a DAW and fancy plugins is an instant genius. Getting good at any art takes time – and on Licence To Be Cruel, five outstanding producers have taken four fine tracks from Julia Biel’s recent album Love Letters And Other Missiles and given them an idiosyncratic twist. The results are a testament to what can be achieved with a lot of passion, skill, and love.

Personally, it’s all about Lorde collaborators Son Lux’s trip-hop-heavy version of this EP’s title track, and Triptyc’s trip into Portishead territory on You Do My Head In. That said, the two reimaginings of We Watch The Stars that follow (a deeply soulful offering from Wu-Lu and one fat reggae journey from Yes King and Soothsayers), and Other Worlds’ acid jazz-infused Paradise, are quality too.

I’m just a sucker for anything that could soundtrack a spy movie.

Licence To Be Cruel drops on November 20th. Treat yourself to a luxurious and inexpensive expensive-sounding early Christmas present.

TMMP RATING: 91%

Links / Listen

Julia Biel official website.

Son Lux on Facebook and Twitter.

Triptyc on Soundcloud.

Wu-Lu on Facebook and Twitter.

Yes King’s artist page on BBEMusic.com.

Soothsayers official website.

Other Worlds may have a website or social pages, but I’ve not been able to find them. If you can help me correct this shameful omission, leave a comment below!

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Posted on 21 October 2015

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