Some fairly egregious music has resulted from remixing the work of classic artists, but "Roots Rock Remixed," which features assorted DJs and remixers taking on Bob Marley material, shows how it can be done right. Afrodisiac Sound System's version of "Soul Shakedown Party" is a perfect example: The addition of some sympathetic percussion, a few snaky synth lines and a minor tinkering with Marley's original vocal both honors and updates the source material. It's the less-is-more approach to remixing, and it works wonderfully.
-- David Marchese
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