Various Artists – Motion Sickness
LABEL: DominoSCORE: 8/10
Given that Domino’s most prolific artists are cut of the indie-rock cloth, it’s easy to forget just how much quality electronic and dance-music the imprint has championed in the last decade. From commissioning remixes for most of the singles they’ve put out, to allowing artistic freedom that has seen everyone from Hot Chip to Animal Collectiveexplore electronic sounds, Domino have been as dedicated to dance-music sounds as they have garage rock bands.
To prove the point, the label have put together Motion Sickness, a double-disc compilation of twenty of the finest and most infamous remixes that have graced the imprint. From hard-to-find gems like NY disco guru Mike Simonetti’s funk-slapped remix of Champagne Coast, to the big underground anthems of Daphni and Emperor Machine which have come to define 2012, to early remixes from Justice and Fake Blood, Domino have dredged the depths of their archives to produce a one-stop guide to their biggest dance-floor moments. The first disc is the stronger of the two. The synth-pop meets acid-squelches of Still Going’s remix of Beat And The Pulse opens the compilation, setting the idiosyncratic tone that is followed up and embellished by remixes from Maya Jane Coles, Reboot andTheo Parrish. Joy Orbison’s remix of Four Tet’s Love Cry, in which layers of soft synths float above broken beats and harmonic vocals, breaks from the otherwise house orientation, giving the disc an impressive audio range. Whilst Carl Craig’s moodyrework of Junior Boys and Matthew Dear’s edit of Optimo, tracks that both push past the ten minute, provide the disc with two peaks of understated genius. Disc two isn’t quite as dazzling in comparison. The Ed Banger style offerings fromSebastian and Justice might have been a big deal back during the indie-electro boom of the late ‘00s, but now they sound rather dated and lacklustre. Even Alan Braxe and Fred Falke’s filter-house remix of Whats Your Damage sound rather tepid, whilst Fake Blood’s remix of Marina Gasolina is possibly the least interesting release he’s put his name to. Yet, it’s not all doom and gloom. Jon Hopkins’ tender piano tinkering onWoozy With Cider is a slice of sentimental beauty and the DFA remix of Clinic’sTomorrow is a reminder that the crossover period did produce some enduring sounds.Onoeohtrix Point Never’s discordant analogue rework of Wild Beasts provide a perfect compilation finale, pointing to the future and some of the more boundary-pushing sounds at work in dance-music. The range and depth to Motion Sickness is a testament to Domino. From club bangers to electronica experimentation, all bases are covered. If it is easy to forget how much great dance-music Domino has put out over the years, this compilation makes it just as easy to be impressed with the quality of what they have released. With everything from underground techno to IDM noodling to sugar-coated electro spread across two discs, including some of the most seminal remixes from any label in the last five years, Motion Sickness is going to be one of those records you hope to find in your stocking at the end of the month.