Bochum Welt ‎– Seafire Remixes

2 out of 5

There’s only so much you can do with remixes when staying true to the original, and the original isn’t all that inspired.

Bochum Welt’s Seafire becomes rewarding after digging through it on several listens, but that’s a ‘rewarding’ that comes with some further caveats – like considering the A-side and B-side as separate albums – and still, ultimately, is a somewhat fleeting album. Remixing its tracks is definitely an interesting idea, but the options here – some from BW, and then from EOD, James Zabiela, and Telefon Tel Aviv – generally, Zabiela’s effort aside, remain in line with the source material: brief, fairly generic ambience, and thus I’m not quite sure what was added. Furthermore, by moving these short tracks away from their context on the full-length, it only highlights their ephemeral nature.

Track by track, EOD’s take on ‘More Light’ is pretty, but again, it needs stiffer stuff to prop up against; TTA’s Color Me adds some cool downbeat dimensions to Bochum’s very minimalist original, it just has the misfortune to be the outro to James Zabiela’s remix of the same track EOD took on, on which the artist goes full club, dropping a head-bobbing beat, resulting in the EPs most notable track. Of course, this could be said to be by comparison – it’s a great cut, but I wonder if some other artists had gone that route, how the whole set would stack up. Looping back around to the beginning of the album is a radio edit of More Light, then a coda of sorts – G1. I’m not really sure what the hope was in including these, as the way the beat fades in and out is rather disruptive, and doesn’t start things off on strong footing.

Perhaps if Seafire was your wheelhouse, its remixes will also be there. But the opposite is also true, and to an even lesser extent, as the album’s strengths are found when its songs bleed into one another.