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say Inhale.org.music, a cool music blog/website/info station with recommended gig listings and a cool links page well worth checking out.

Here is their review of Animat ‘Imagining Ghosts-The Remixes’ featuring ‘New Roads’ remixed by Laura B out on monday:

Imagining Ghosts – The Remixes is a remix collection based on last year’s album on the Big Chill label by Sheffield-based downtempo electronica producers and musicians Animat.

The twelve original album tracks are reworked by some of the international producers Animat have most admired over the last couple of years.

The album is a truly worldwide affair with contributions from Shiba Freedom Sunset (Japan) and Chang (Malaysia) sitting alongside San Francisco’s DF Tram & Future BC and Vancouver’s SoftClip. Germany’s Deep Dive Corp and Five Seasons and Anglo-French The Fantastic Laura B bring a European flavour to the mix with London’s Bam Sound and Minke bringing us back closer to home along with Manchester’s -Fly and Sheffield’s Cone.

Stylistically too the album covers many bases, from the classic downtempo grooves of Deep Dive Corp and Laura B, through the dub-drenched psychedelia of DF Tram & Future BC to the ambient chillstep of the Cut Label’s young guns Great Skies and -Fly, somehow also finding room for Five Season’s stunning ambient pop take on last year’s single Zeroes and Ones and Soft Clip’s spaghetti house rework of System Song.

The range of the remixes reflects the different dimensions of Animat’s original tunes while holding onto the core of their increasingly distinctive sound.

Steeped in the tradition of Sheffield’s world-leading electronic music scene, Mark Daly and Michael Harding – aka The Only Michael – have been working together since 2004 and have released two albums and six EPs of their own material as well as devising and performing new soundtracks to often forgotten films and remixing tracks for artists including Winter North Atlantic, Pitch Black and The Beaufort Scale.

Animat will be appearing live at cinemas and festivals through summer and autumn 2012 with their new live soundtrack to John Carpenter’s sci-fi stoner classic Dark Star.


About The Fantastic Laura B

Born in France, but now resident in Shoreditch, East London, Laura’s full working moniker is ‘The fantastic Laura B’. Her varied career has included success as an engineer, producer and DJ and well as her achievements in the field of electronica. Laura has performed in Paris, London, Japan, India and the USA. She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Pet Shop Boys, Finley Quaye and the Spice Girls. Laura started making her own music in 2000 and her work has been described as ‘post-chilled’; with its strikingly atmospheric soundscapes and textured breakbeats. Her distinctive brand of elegant, organic electronica may be supremely chilled, but it is always uplifting.
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