Rating:

* * * *

Considering the popularity of Tiki's

Past Present Future

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album from 2007, this is possibly the most eagerly anticipated remix album in New Zealand music history. However, the reason that genre-defying album, which mixed dub, dance, pop and traditional Maori music, sold more than 30,000 copies was mainly due to catchy acoustic anthem

Always On My Mind

.

Flux

is an entirely different, and thunderous prospect to that inviting wee ditty.

It starts with non-album track

David Lange You Da Bom

b, a brash political statement backed by a barrage of breaks and beats. Forget about easing into this album as Taane takes the late Labour prime minister's masterful rhetoric and anti-nuclear stance on to the dancefloor with samples from his famous Oxford Union debate in 1985. Who can forget Lange's retort "I can smell the uranium on [your breath] as you lean towards me"?

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The shimmering versions of

Our Favourite Target

,

Burning Fire

and the Massive Attack-meets-dub step take on

It's All In Your Head

, is a slight reprieve before the punishing highlight of Razorgang's

Tangaroa

remix. The original haka-driven tune was powerful enough, but with the oscillating darkness of dub step going head-to-head with kapa haka it makes an even more fearsome, chest-slapping impact.

Midway through there's a flurry of spiralling drum'n'bass reworks, the best being Teknik's swingin'

Wotcha Got

and State Of Mind's frantic and tough take on

This Is It

.

After the blah, interlude-like version of

Always On My Mind

the album takes a dub turn - with Pitch Black's

Sleep Whisperer

a tranquil beauty - bringing a smouldering and eerie end to a manic and well-put together record.

Scott Kara