This is a reasonable attempt at a remix album for ‘Survivor’ – the first Funker Vogt album to spawn a full-length offshoot (although ‘t’ certainly came close). The original album was a solid effort, but really needed some original musical concepts and a bit more variety to really bring it to life. A decent and varied selection of remixing artists have been brought in from various futurepop, electro-industrial and techno acts, and for once none of them fall into the self-indulgent trap of killing off the original song in an effort to how clever they are (though a couple get dangerously close).
The album opens with straightforward mixes of ‘Final Thrill’ and ‘History’ by Christian Michael and Icon of Coil respectively, both aimed firmly at club playlists. As the album progresses, we get a vicious breakbeat mix of ‘Faster Life’ from XPQ-21 (a bit over-the-top, but a brave effort!), a mix of ‘Stolen Thoughts’ by Haujobb that gets extreme on the vocal effects and a surprisingly restrained mix of ‘Red Queen’ by T.O.Y. The limited edition also offers four extra fan mixes of ‘Final Thrill’ in MP3 format (an interesting curiosity if nothing else). Generally, this remix album is no better or worse than the album that spawned it, but at least that doesn’t mean it’s the cash-in exploitation other remix discs have been known to be.