The Roxy POMO Color Series then went dormant for a period of three years until the next color was released. Why the time span? I can’t really say. It’s not like these were commissioned to promote yet another Roxy Music compilation, since none was released in the 2006-2007 timespan of the first three. Nor was there one in 2010 when the Blue mixes were released. This time, only as downloads. They were all from the final Roxy Music album, the languorous “Avalon,” so the likelihood of any of these remixes getting the dubstep treatment was slim to none. These would be smoooooth.
Roxy Music: Remixes [Blue] US DL 
- Avalon [Lindstrom + Prins Thomas Version] 6:51
- While My Heart Is Still Beating [Abakus Remix] 4:36
- To Turn You On [Disco Pusher Remix] 6:56
- Always Unknowing [Cinnamon Chaser Remix] 4:03
The “Avalon” remix began in an intriguing fashion. Just a dry rhythm box with dubbed out MacKay sax. Then the throbbing bass line entered the mix and guitar atmospheres that sounded as if they had traveled back in time three years from the “Boys + Girls” sessions prepared me for something significant. Then I waited. And waited. Listening to this remix was like being stuck in amber since there was only a static groove with no advance forward for over four minutes until, a chord progression finally happened! Admittedly, when it did, it seemed monumental, but then as soon as it began, the track once more steeled back into its looped groove where nothing happened save for dubby hints of Ferry’s vocals rendered into abstraction. It had some potential up front, but this mix ended up being a pointless exercise from my point of view. You decide.
The Abakus remix of “While My Heart Is Still Beating” was a far more enjoyable, solid, dub mix of the LP cut. Abakus were wise enough to add more melodic development than Lindstrom + Prins Thomas. Ferry’s actual performance is rendered more distant here, but the tremolo synths added by Abakus sound really good at evoking the dreamlike wistfulness that is the song’s métier. The fact that it was more brief than the original track worked to its advantage, as well. I enjoyed the addition to the song’s vibe, and when it ended, indeed, I was wanting more. The first rule of this business called show, in my book.
The Disco Pusher remix of “To Turn You On” was the clear winner in this Blue batch of remixes. The remix added a funkier, handclap beat to the song, along with some injections of synth goodness, and wisely, left much of the original’s DNA in the mix; giving the song a chance to breathe. One should wear a remix lightly, and this one hits all of the points of interest in the original, albeit from differing angles. It sounds like they used even more funky guitar in the hot outro than the LP version did! If it was in the original mix, it must have been buried. Hearing it now is a real treat.
Finally, the B-side of the “Avalon” single got the nod by remixers. Cinnamon Chaser’s mix of “Always Unknowing” retains the gossamer vibe of the original, with added emphasis on the beat. At 4:03 it wasn’t longer than the original, and all of Ferry’s performance is ensconced within. I swear that many a remix disaster could perhaps be averted if just these two observations would be noted.
So. One home run. Two solid base hits, and only one strike out. Not bad overall for yet more Roxy POMO remixes. The intriguing background here is that the Abakus and Cinnamon Chaser mixes are both by the same man… Russ Davies, scion of Ray! Yes, that’s right. The son of Ray Davies of …The Kinks. [insert dramatic stinger]
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