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Classic Album Review: Air | Everybody Hertz

The French duo enlist a roster of remixers to revamp songs from 10,000 Hz Legend.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Call it Recirculated Air.

For this remix album, the French electronica duo enlisted the help of the usual slate of hip producers to revamp the tracks from their last album The 10,000 Hz Legend. Well, not all the tracks. To be precise, three: Don’t Be Light, People In The City and How Does it Make You Feel? Which kinda seems strange and cheap at first, but makes a little more sense after listening. For instance, French disco oddball Mr. Oizo invests Don’t Be Light with his expected bleepy Gallic giddiness, while hip-hop hotshots The Neptunes roll it up into a joint of sticky-sweet soul and somebody called The Hacker pumps it up into a techno-house booty-shaker. The point? Maybe to show that Air’s tunes have enough depth for endless reinterpretation. But the best reworking comes courtesy of the boys themselves, who offer up a live, full-band version of People In The City on the enhanced portion of the disc. It’s a real breath of fresh Air.