Various Artists Alter Ego: Transphormed

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Injecting ‘90s living room electronica with some breathing room, Germany's Alter Ego now figures prominently among the Teutonic tech-house, heroin house, microhouse, et al. empires. Transphormed collects one disc of Alter Ego's contemporary remixes and one of Alter Ego remixed. The remixes-of Human League, Octave One, Primal Scream, 2Raumwohnung, Solvent, Riton and Tiefschwarz, among others-feature a bevy of beats transmogrified with constricting suspense, 6/8 schaffel's glide and Krautrock undulation. Meanwhile, the remixes of Alter Ego's Transphormer album-including those by Robag Wruhme, Isolée and Ricardo Villalobos-sublimate from streamlined, clenching chirps and churning assembly line electro/NRG into soulful shuffle and clipped stomp.