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Zero 7
SIMPLE THINGS: REMIXES
(PALM)

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Simple Things, Zero 7ís 2001 debut, found critics lumping this London duo of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker in with the French duo Air. But the Zero 7ís æsthetic is actually more in tune with Nightmares on Wax soul than with the easy-listening daydreams of Moon Safari. This disc of six remixes marks time between proper studio albums by offering smartly reconfigured versions of four of the albumís cuts (two being served up in two very different forms) by an eclectic bunch of studio mixmasters. In the hands of Bugz in the Attic, the brooding "Distractions" mutates into a big-beat romp dominated by cracking drums and groovy synths, Madlibsí "YNQ Remix" of the same song is dressed up bossa nova style with vibes and Fender-Rhodes piano chords. Richard Dorfmeister puts a Latin spin on "In the Waiting Line"; Roni Size turns the elegantly mellow "End Theme" into a drum íní bass workout. Fortunately, nobody undermines the melodic hooks, so everything here is easily recognizable as a Zero 7 creation.

BY ELIOT WILDER

Issue Date: May 30 - June 5, 2003
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