Known for their meticulous nature in the studio, Telefon Tel Aviv are one of those groups who seem to put out releases at their own leisurely pace, taking their time in order to get every single sound in its right place. Arriving three years after their last true full length Map Of What Is Effortless, Remixes Compiled is just what the title states, a collection of all the remixes that the duo has put together in their seven year span. Making their home in the city of New Orleans, the two were forced to re-evaluate and inventory their lives after Hurricane Katrina swept through, and that process found them going back over not only their own work, but the work that they'd done for other artists as well.
Whereas a collection from some other artists might feel completely haphazard and scatttershot, Remixes Compiled is largely as focused and detail-oriented as the work that the two do under their own name. Although there are definitely different influences and production techniques at work, there's a cohesive-ness at work in the twelve remixes that's pretty amazing given the time span that they were created in. When a remix of Nine Inch Nails can sit directly next to one by Bebel Gilberto and not raise a ruffle, that's saying something, and that's exactly what happens during the first two tracks of this release. If anything, the NIN remix employs a bit more of the micro-sampled programmed beats that the two made even more use of on their second album, but that's about the biggest difference, as both tracks breath with electronic flourishes that bleed things together.
Although they sound most at home on remixes of fellow electronic pop artists like Apparat and Midwest Product, some of their best work is when they stretch outside their boundaries a bit and do something slightly different. On their remix of American Analog Set's "The Green Green Grass," they turn the track into a hyper-fuzzy old-school inspired track with pitter-patter beat programming and super dense guitar textures that completely blow things out. On the other side of things, they take Phil Ranelin's "Time Is Running Out" and turn the jazz piece into a murky, claustrophobic dark ambient piece that's much creepier than the original.
Essentially, if you enjoy the work that the two do under the Telefon Tel Aviv name, you're probably going to enjoy the fifty-four minutes of music on this release. They have a definitely sphere of sound that they work within most of the time, and in doing their remixes often pull the work of other artists into their own lite-jazz and micro-sample touched world. Without a new album from the group, this is the next best thing.