Sirens of the Sea Remixed

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Sirens of the Sea Remixed
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by OceanLab
Released 8 June 2009
OceanLab chronology
Sirens of the Sea
(2008)String Module Error: Match not found2008
Sirens of the Sea Remixed
(2009)

Thankfully, SOTS, like Tri-State before it & Rise after it, was blessed with a remix LP. These should be more common.
The bonus track version, which is what I'm reviewing here, has all the mixes of the unbonus version, plus 5 more. Yes, this LP is unordered. The only rhyme or reason there seems to be is 'don't include good mixes if you don't have to'.
In this article I'll just include links to mixes featured in other releases.

Track listing

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."If I Could Fly (Jaytech Remix)"7:13
2."Come Home (Michael Cassette Remix)"7:52
3."On The Beach (Andy Duguid Remix)"7:55
4."Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)"7:48
5."On a Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix)"7:50
6."I Am What I Am (Lange Remix)"8:42
7."Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond Analogue Haven Mix)"8:03
8."Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)"7:37
9."Ashes (Oliver Smith Remix)"7:22
10."Sirens of the Sea (Above & Beyond Club Mix)"7:54
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Secret (Andrew Bayer Remix)"8:20
2."Just Listen (Myon & Shane 54 Remix)"8:20
3."On a Good Day (16 Bit Lolitas Remix)"7:30
4."Miracle (Michael Cassette Remix)"8:29
5."Sirens of the Sea (Sonorous Remix)"7:30
6."Breaking Ties (Duderstadt Vocal Remix)"7:39
7."Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)"7:27
8."Sky Falls Down (Armin van Buuren Remix)"7:34
9."Clear Blue Water (Ferry Corsten Remix)"7:18
10."Beautiful Together (Signum Remix)"8:13
11."Lonely Girl (Ronski Speed Remix) [Bonus Track]"9:20
12."On a Good Day (Daniel Kandi Mix) [Bonus Track]"7:22
13."Breaking Ties (Jaytech vs. James Grant Mix) [Bonus Track]"7:56
14."Miracle (Martin Roth Remix) [Bonus Track]"8:58
15."Sirens of the Sea (Cosmic Gate Vocal Mix) [Bonus Track]"9:19

If I Could Fly (Jaytech Remix)

What better way to begin than with a calamitous interpretation of the best song from SOTS, if any could be called that? The only thing in this remix is style, not substance, so I'll review that: it's Jaytech at his most Jaytech ever. The levigation is indelible graffiti on the wall of the soul, but that's all it is, just style taking precedence over any substance, thoughtfulness, or worthwhile music. It's all just a good lead-in to a fat zero. It is recommendable as psychotica, though, due to its iterativeness.
This was attometres away from heaven. All the piano-play is gorgeous.

Come Home (Michael Cassette Remix)

Handed a monument to pleasure, an ancient statue, the finite Finns took a bulldozer to it. Most likely Killdozer: this, like their remix of Miracle, is also a mindless, boring, uneventful romp, but this is minimally better.

On The Beach (Andy Duguid Remix)

Handy Duguid must be a great cracker (one who guesses passwords rather than hacking them), because this remix is brute force. After a little auspication, it collapses into a copypaste of the OM, before the forceful yet tunefully anaesthetic climax. Duguid? More like do bad, since the OM is priceless. All the tune is strangely found in the more relaxed parts.

I Am What I Am (Lange Remix)

Again, it's a progressive trance nigh-conversion. Still enjoyable for its style, though. At least this one has a tuneful climax. It's a smooth conversion as far as they go: the climax is fabulous. & there is some originality, such as in the tune introduction, with elevated violins, & guitar-like explorations in the climax. This was a fair use of his prog trance name.

Ashes (Oliver Smith Remix)

Another prog trance conversion. More copypasting. These are still benefits to humankind, though: we need tuneful, powerful climaxes. Oliver gave us one, but he wasn't up to his usual standards with this. He added a piano riff that does nearly enough to be legendary, but not enough to satisfy.

Secret (Andrew Bayer Remix)

Bayer at his most Bavarian. The Bayerest remix auspicates his 2012 song Polylith with electrofunk so serpentine, it's noodles. A big bowl of muted vipers is followed by an original, antithalian hierophany. Only briefly, we have unleashed potential energy to get through, then the nigrescing lead-out. Thank you Bayer, for the first major success of SOTSR.

Just Listen (Myon & Shane 54 Remix)

OceanLab used to put effort into everything, including the opener. The Hungarians were a good choice: to a copy & paste, they added a beat, & crescentic euphoria. Then trance so progressive, it sounds more like 2012. There is no tuneful climax, though, so still not the greatest remix ever. Nothing about the OM was even changed; they just superimposed.

Bonus Mixes

Including Ronksi Speed & Cosmic Gate was commendable. The other three are inane- Roth & Kandi were walking egestion, & JvJG's mix is in AD 01, which you'll buy anyway. So thanks, whoever chose the bonuses, you clearly thought.