Album Review: Chicane – Twenty
Chicane is a name which has become synonymous with dance music anthems over the past 20 years, from the likes of the legendary “Saltwater”, to Ibiza classic “Offshore” the English producer has well and truly deserved his place in electronic music folklore. To celebrate a career which now spans over two decades, we’ve been treated to a special anniversary album entitled “Twenty” which includes a selection of Chicane’s greatest hits as well as some brand new remixes as well.
The double album is a massive collection of Chicane tracks spanning over 2 hours in length and includes a breadth of tracks from his numerous artist albums such as “Don’t Give Up” with Bryan Adams, “What Am I Doing Here” and “No Ordinary Morning” which are all absolute tunes in their own right.
What makes this album really special however is the range of brand new remixes. The album opens with the fantastic Thomas Datt remix of “Offshore”. A completely epic rework from Datt which manages to retain a large ammount of the vibe of the original while still adding his own personal flair, this is a masterpiece of a chill out remix with some absolutely massive strings deployed later on in the track that add an incredibly atmospheric touch. Top notch stuff all together. The first of two “Saltwater” remixes on the album comes from Anjunadeep favourite Jody Wisternoff who transforms the track into an ethereal down tempo house beauty. Less is definitely more with this remix and and the melancholy feel of the original really comes out later on in the track during the breakdown. A perfect way to close a set, we can picture nothing better than this ringing out at an event in Ibiza as the sun begins to rise.
“Poppiholla” is also given a modern day touch up with this special anniversary mix. Originally a Sigur Rós track from 2005, Chicane had transformed this into a massive club hit and this 2016 rework is no different as he gives the tune a more “future house” inspired feel. Phillip George takes to remix duties on “Don’t Give Up” adding his own deep house touch to the record and turning it into a total dance floor smash. Perhaps one of the most popular remixes on the album has come from Grum with his stunning remix of “Offshore”. While the original is a chill out classic, Grum has turned this one into a masterful progressive house beauty like no other.
Groove Cartel headman Kryder has been on complete fire as of late with his ever growing groove movement making massive waves in dance music and getting asked to rework “Saltwater” shows just how far he’s come. Without a doubt the standout remix on this album, Kryder wears his heart on his sleeve with this remix and beautifully manages to keep all of the emotion of the original throughout while still managing to turn this into a dance-floor destroyer. A work of art and definitely one of the best remixes released this year.
The album also contains tracks from Chicane’s more progressive house moniker Disco Citizens, as well as some remixes from previous albums too. Overall a top notch album from one of the most seminal dance producers of our time. If you’ve never heard of Chicane before, then “Twenty” would be a good place to start: