Album Info
Fila Brazillia have been one of the most consistent and respected underground ‘dance’ acts of the 90s. Releasing six albums on the Pork Recordings label, they ended the decade by forming their own Tritone label (recently changed to ‘Twentythree’ due to legal reasons) and putting out the album ‘A Touch of Cloth’. This release also saw them emerging from their self-inflicted hiding and into the glossy pages of the music press with their first ever interviews and photo shoots. They also hit the road on a UK tour and made an appearance at the Big Chill’s Enchanted Garden Festival in August. Alongside their plethora of albums and single releases, Fila have also been responsible for some rather fine remixes, the best of which are featured on this compilation. From the earliest remix featured here, DJ Food’s ‘Freedom’, unreleased exclusives and long deleted tracks to the recent Chaser and Robin Jones mixes, all contain the unique ‘Fila Funk’ sound. Their services were often requested due to the artists in question being fans of the band rather than for a record company’s profit interest. This was the case with the remix of ‘Climbing up the Walls’ from Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ album which came about because of Thom Yorke’s admiration of Fila. A version did appear on the commercially released single (the b-side of ‘Karma Police’) although the one included here was omitted. Other rarities include a remix of Moloko’s ‘Lotus Eaters’ that never saw the light of day and U.N.K.L.E’s ‘Berry Meditation’ which has also never been available before. Many of Fila’s tracks have been used on various TV programmes and the remix of Black Uhuru included here was heavily featured in Sky One’s ‘Ibiza Uncovered’ (recently repeated on Channel 4).
Reviews
Every track has been worked to perfection….they're all excellent. Highly recommended.
M8 - 3 janvier 2000
With a further six albums of their own, this just cements their legacy.
Club On - 3 janvier 2000
Bloody good.
Level - 4 janvier 2000
The best remixers are electronic alchemists who transmute leaden grooves into golden wonders; on this evidence Fila Brazillia are magic indeed. DANCE ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Matthew Colin, Mojo - 4 janvier 2000
While other remix albums are frequently tedious and predictable, Fila don't ever resort to pushing tracks adding their own set of flavours.
Sarah Jane, Flipside - 4 janvier 2000
A value for money inventory of one of the consistently interesting remix teams going. A big thumbs up.
Overload - 3 janvier 2000
Sliding smoothly between the most deep-frozen of chilled beats, chunky hip hop breaks and frenetic Latin rhythms to name but a few shape-shifting manoeuvres, Fila manage to match or outstrip the original everytime you recognise it and provide tracks so tasty in their own right that you couldn't really care less when you don't. (9/10)
Tim Irwin, DJ - 3 janvier 2000

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