This fifteenth anniversary repressing of legendary nite versions is actually quite interesting indeed. the original album found itself mixed to flow like a well timed dj set while this version sees each track as their own sole entries with their own sole intros and outros--and they're delicious. I absolutely love hearing the slow openings of particularly e talking and krack, both of which just start so... relatively calm, as if deceiving the listener of the filth that is to follow. this doesn't actually help every track here, though--accidents and compliments, in general, seemed to always be meant as a good transitional piece versus isolation, and it shows. regardless, it's pretty nice to have these broken up singles made ripe for both djs and playlists alike.
Now, there's something else that absolutely must be discussed: the 2020 version of ny lipps. clocking in at just over fourteen minutes, it is... one of the most beautiful pieces of electronica i have ever listened to in my life, and i claim this in complete earnestness. it is absolutely unbelievable how comedically moving this piece is, because... it's ridiculous, right? it's motherfucking funkytown. but there's an emotional draw to it, this juxtaposition of slow building, ethereal, atmospheric trepidation aided by nancy whang's recital of the ballad of reading gaol mixed with the cowbell and clicking of lipps inc. it progresses slowly but surely into its explosive climax, and that itself is aided by all the familiar samples of funkytown such as its trademark bass riffs, and it's just... oh, it's so brilliant. it's genuinely magical art. the ending isn't as satisfying as i'd like it to be, but i just... i just can't believe last.fm says i've listened to this twenty nine times.
It's a different nite versions alright and absolutely brilliant.