Early last year, BT released his 6th studio album under the title These Hopeful Machines. This album is a lengthy 2 disc collection of songs which, in typical BT fashion, explores the boundaries of electronic music. BT has always been recognized for his creativity and ingenuity, and this album reflects all of the new sounds and styles he has been working with. Half of the tracks are over 10 minutes long, and many of them even start off with their own little intro and are wrapped up with a concluding outro. As with most of his CDs, you can tell right off the bat that this isn’t a traditional dance music album. Similar to Sasha’s Involver releases, these albums are more of an artistic interpretation of electronic music, in which all of the songs are edited and blended into each together, forming a totally complete orchestral experience. While Hopeful Machines is not as pop-influenced as Emotional Technology, BT still uses a heavy dose of vocals in this album. Vocalists include BT himself, Christian Burns, Jes, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Rob Dickinson, and Amelia June. BT’s daughter, Kaia Transeau, also gets to sing along in the end chorus of Forget Me. Production help is provided by Andrew Bayer, Boom Jinx, Airwave, and Matt Lange. There doesn’t seem to be as much experimentation in this album as compared to his older stuff, but BT still manages to create a final product that stands out in a a market that is filled with generic substance.

Fast forward to this year where BT has just recently re-released this album in two different versions. The first is a shortened and edited version, which is titled These Humble Machines. This was edited with the intention of ‘making the album more accessible for newer listeners while still displaying the same technical prowess found in its predecessor.’ Most of the songs sound primarily the same to me, but without the intros and outros. The second version is what I would like to share with everybody. This one follows the path taken by most remix albums, where the original productions get reworked by other producers. This Re-Imagined album is definitely more dance floor worthy, whereas the original album is better suited for personal listening. All of these remixes are done very well, all of them made with a faster tempo than the originals. The first 5 singles to come off this album (Le Nocturne De LumiereThe Emergency, Suddenly, Forget Me, and Always) all have at least 3 different versions released already, so this CD does have a few tracks with more than one remix. I was impressed with all of them except for the Grayarea mix of The Unbreakable, which reminds me too much of Yilmaz Altanhan’s Eighties. Both remixes of The Emergency and Rose of Jericho are excellent, and both Josh Gabriel and Armin van Buuren do a nice job with the well-written vocals of Jes in Every Other Way. I do prefer the Michael Cassette remix of Forget Me more than Mr. Sam’s remix, as well as the Funkagenda remix of Always over Chicane’s.

I believe most readers of this site will enjoy the Re-Imagined album more, but I have also uploaded Hopeful Machines in case you are interested in the original work produced by BT.

These Re-Imagined Machines

CD1
01 Le Nocturne De Lumiere (Cedric Gervais Remix)
02 Rose Of Jericho (Adam K & Soha Remix)
03 Always (Funkagenda Mix)
04 Love Can Kill You (Moonbeam Remix)
05 The Emergency (Marcus Schossow Remix)
06 Every Other Way (Josh Gabriel Remix)
07 Suddenly (Ferry Corsten Remix)
08 Forget Me (Mr Sam Remix)
09 The Unbreakable (Grayarea Mix)



CD2

01 The Emergency (Lost Stories Remix VS Dragon, Jontron, Manufactured Superstars Remix)
02 Rose Of Jericho (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix)
03 A Million Stars (Digital Stories Remix)
04 The Light In Things (tyDi Remix)
05 Always (Chicane Remix)
06 The Unbreakable (Breakfast Remix)
07 Forget Me (Michael Cassette Mix)
08 Every Other Way (Armin van Buuren Remix)




CD1
01 Suddenly
02 The Emergency
03 Every Other Way
04 The Light in Things
05 Rose of Jericho
06 Forget Me



CD2

01 A Million Stars
02 Love Can Kill You
03 Always
04 Le Nocturne De Lumiere
05 The Unbreakable
06 The Ghost In You