Artifact: Perspectives acts as an invitation to openly view the influences of Sound Tribe Sector Nine. A remix of the band's very successful 2005 release Artifact (which peaked at #12 on Billboard's Electronic chart), the 15 songs that have been reworked by some of the band's favorite artists is sort of like a mix-tape from STS9. While there are of course hints of the original songs, for the most part, these tracks are completely redone, creating entirely new compositions. Over the years, the band has always been on the cutting edge of electronics, perhaps even introducing a whole segment of music consumers to the use of laptops at live shows. With a keen sense of production and acute awareness to the hip-hop and down-tempo worlds, STS9 has evolved into one of the most prominent live touring acts in their genre.
Enlisting the help of such luminaries as Bill Laswell, Karsh Kale, Mr. Lif, Slicker, Richard Devine, Ming + FS, and frequent collaborators Bassnectar and Audio Angel (among others) speaks to the band's eclectic tastes and showcases the respect of their peers.
Some fans who are tied to STS9's lighter, more ethereal moments, or perhaps those who were looking for something that was closer to the original album may not quite jive with all of the remixes here, but for the most part, it should resonate well with fans of the band; however, it's the fact that folks who may not even know STS9 will dig this release that makes it special. With heavy doses of drum & bass, conscious hip-hop, dub, glitch, and bumpin' funk, there should be just about something for everyone tucked into Artifact: Perspectives.
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