Tripping back through Alias’ discography, one can’t deny that Brendon Whitney is a man on a mission. Over six full-length albums, several EPs and numerous collaborations, Alias has been, well, for lack of a more artful term, diversifying. With the release of Collected Remixes-a hand-picked compilation of Alias’s greatest work as a remix artist-there need be no question: Alias owns a damn respectable portfolio.
Collected Remixes features tracks from a diverse group of successful artists: One AM Radio, John Vanderslice, Lucky Pierre, Giardini Di Miro, Sixtoo, Lali Puna, Christ., Lunz, and Boy in Static, with Anticon’s own Yoni Wolf (Why?) dropping by to perform on a lost jam session from 13 & God.
Most impressively, this collection of import-only, lost or limited release tracks plays like an album, each song the proud new owner of the Alias trademark: that alternately searing and frostbitten production, reverberating and crunchy, built of considered keystrokes, finely cut click ‘n’ pop, guitar pickings, and drum machine ballistics. With yet another accomplishment in his weighty profile, Alias returns to the studio in 2007 to craft a new solo instrumental LP.