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Fila Brazillia



Released: 16th August 2004 | 18 track album
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).'
"Fila pulls the soul out of cuts from artists like Radiohead, The Orb, Lamb, UNKLE and Simple Minds, and inject them into their own R&B flavoured, acid based elixir."
Stewart A Williams, Resonance
"There's a nice, unreleased remix of Radiohead's 'Climbing Up The Walls' here, with FB's languid, shadowy approach providing an unusual counterpoint to Yorke's rueful warblings. Moloko's 'Lotus Eaters' is given a sparing, dubwise treatment, Lamb's 'Cotton Wool' is a pleasing exercise in electro-ecstasy and they do a fine rare groove restoration job on UNKLE's 'Berry Meditation'."
David Stubbs, Uncut
"Their crisp reprise of Radiohead's 'Climbing Up The Walls'is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch, reinventing Thom as the best singer Massive Attack never had. Equally it was Fila's drum 'n' space version of Lamb's debut single 'Cotton Wool' that was responsible for the initial excitement around a now barely memorable act."
Frank Tope, Select
"Fila Brazillia ooze that singular ability to turn original material into something even more startling and unique."
Calvin Bush, Muzik
"A cool selection."
Lisa McGee, Future Music
" a Fila Brazillia album with a list of guest collaborators that blows the mind. ALBUM OF THE MONTH."
"Bloody good."
"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
"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
"Over the past few years, Fila Brazillia have been one of the most consistently interesting acts around. As live musicians and recording artists their skills are seldom disputed, however, it is when reinterpreting other's work that the boys really come into their own. This is a thorough inventory of the prolific partnership and a great way to bag all those tracks you either couldn't find or afford when they first came out. Winner."
Dave Stelfox, XLR8R
"Much maligned of late for its tendency to favour a quick buck rather than an artistic look, it's sometimes easy to forget that when handled with the correct amount of verve and irreverence the deconstructive remix can help to reconstruct any number of flagging careers - just ask Everything But The Girl & Moloko. Lounging in the camp that eyes the remix as an extension of a group's armoury, Fila Brazillia have long been revered for their ability to transform with a serious infusion of Fila Funk. A warm and wondrous fascination with a beat-driven boogie and electronic expression is maintained throughout."
Jim Butler, Jockey Slut
"One Hull of an album. Yes, there was good Sunday morning bacon sarnie music before Groove Armada and A:xus - and this collection of remixes from Hull's dub 'n' trip hop soul bros proves it. This is the nuts. ECLECTIC ALBUM OF THE MONTH."
"Despite lacking the media profile necessary to establish themselves as dance heavyweights, Fila Brazillia have quietly been producing consistently high quality remixes of more than 60 tracks, 18 of which are compiled here. Their sound is a loose, organic funk."
Music Week
"Drawing from such a melting pot of styles, including drum & bass, sultry jazz, funk, dub, salsa and blues, this truly is a masterclass in the art of remixing."
Jez Torrance, Xfade
"Immaculate beats, flawless production, essential album."
Ned Denny, Metro
"If you like sofas and skinning up, there's a fair chance this albums going to like you."
Damien Morris, 7
"By far the most intriguing downtempo album of the year - this downright funskter is well worth the chunk of change."
Craig Kapilow, Weekly Dig
"Every track has been worked to perfection...they're all excellent. Highly recommended."
"With a further six albums of their own, this just cements their legacy."
Club On
"A value for money inventory of one of the consistently interesting remix teams going. A big thumbs up."
"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 manouvres, 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