A belated Easter gift to the Calexico faithful, chock-full of extra goodies gift-wrapped in Victor Gastelum's ever-distinctive artwork. Calexico's Black Heart pumps blood of cool fire around this set of recastings.
What often looks like a cobbled together method of parting punters from their hard-earned is, in Calexico's hands, a fitting companion piece to the latest album. Rather than opting for whizz-bang kitchen sink remixes, Calexico have opted for sympathetic voices and the results are enhancement rather than distraction.
Jazzanova's treatment of Black Heart is the pick of the bunch, bringing African Headcharge-style slo-mo dub to Calexico's already prodigious set of resources, and the kind of study in noir dynamics that turns up on the more considered of after-hours compilations. Get it now, then you can impress your friends that you heard it before the latest Jockey Slut downbeat DJ favourite gets kudos for the breadth of his taste.