RemixeS

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RemixeS
Remix album by Mylène Farmer
Released December 2003
Genre Electronic / Dance
Length 65:55
Label Polydor
Producer Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer chronology
Les Mots
(2001)
RemixeS
(2003)
Avant que l'ombre...
(2005)
Singles from RemixeS
  1. "Sans contrefaçon"
    Released: August 2003
  2. "Je t'aime mélancolie"
    Released: November 2003
  3. "L'Instant X"
    Released: January 2004

RemixeS is a compilation of French singer Mylène Farmer's singles by various famous DJ's, including JXL, Felix Da Housecat and Paul Oakenfold.

Brackground, writing and release[edit]

During the summer of 2001, it was rumoured that Farmer and her associates were preparing a new album of remixes, itself of interest as it followed the previous remix album Dance Remixes by ten years. Universal decided to produce a CD with 11 remixes produced by French and international famous DJs and remixers. The album was officially announced in July 2003, to be entirely composed of original remixes, an idea not entirely appreciated by all Farmer's fans: some thought that the old hits should not be remixed, while others found that the idea of remixing Farmer's successes by the most famous DJs was brilliant.[1]

In fact, this album is not really a compilation, as although the original versions were already released as singles the remixes were, in general, then unknown to the public. The artistic direction of this album was given to Paul Van Parys, Jerome Devoise and Henry Neu. It was produced at Studios Guillaume Tell, which had already been used for the remix of "C'est une belle journée", by Devil Head.[2] Farmer asked her sister, Brigitte Gautier, to design the cover, which she produced using a photo from a 2001 book about Farmer, recolouring it to fit the theme.[3] While the whole was produced by Polydor, the record labels Stuffed Monkey and Requiem Publishing didn't participate in this album.

The very first run of this album was slightly high, with just 200,000 copies. It was originally planned that the album is marketed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada.[2]

Other remixes had been originally planned, but have not featured on the album: "Sans contrefaçon" and "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" by Jaïa and Gabriel Masurel (Blue Planet Corporation), "Maman a tort" by Joachim Garraud, and a remix of "Vertige".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Fnac 5/10 stars[4]
Amazon.fr 3.5/5 stars[5]

Remixes was not generally well received in the media. For example, the journalist Caroline Bee said that despite the great DJs solicited on this occasion, "the whole struggles to convince".[6] The French magazine Femme Actuelle considered that this album of remixes was "disappointing".[7]

Singles[edit]

There were three songs released as singles : first, in August 2003 - four months before the release of the album -, "Sans contrefaçon" (J.C.A. Remix), which was much aired on radio and was a hit in the nightclubs ; then, in November, "Je t'aime mélancolie" (Felix Da Housecat Remix) ; and in January 2004, "L'Instant X" (The X Key Mix by One-T). There was no fourth single although it was originally scheduled. The three singles were released as 12"-Maxi, with which added the promotional CD and vinyls. Sales of these singles were very confidential, since they were released only as vinyls.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the album debuted at #3 on Top compilation on December 6, 2003,[8] but fell to #11 the week after. However, it managed to reach again the top 10 for two other weeks, respectively at #10 and #9. It stayed on the chart (Top 40) for a total of 11 weeks. The same year, the album was certified Gold album by the SNEP for a minimum of 100,000 copies sold.[9]

In Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart, Remixes started to #24 on December 13, 2003, before climbing to its highest position, #15, the following week. After that, it dropped to number 35 and had an irregular trajectory in the low positions. It left the chart after nine weeks of attendance.[10]

In Switzerland, the album made a short appearance at #81 on the chart on December 14, 2003, before leaving it.[11]

On March 20, 2005, the album entered the Top Mid' Price (France) for four weeks, peaking at #10 in its third week (3,548 copies sold).

Formats[edit]

  • CD - Digipack - France
  • CD - Crystal case - France
  • Cassette - France
  • CD - Republic of China

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sans contrefaçon" - J.C.A. remix - Remixed by J.C.A. (Munich, Germany) (5:52)
  2. "L'Instant X" - The X key mix by One-T - Remixed by One-T (Paris, France) (3:39)
  3. "L'Âme-stram-gram" - Full Intention Sultra Mix (Surrey, UK) (7:57)
  4. "C'est une belle journée" - Devil Head remix - Remixed by Devil Head (Paris, France) (5:10)
  5. "XXL - JXL Remix - Remixed by Junkie XL in the Computer Hell Cabin (Amsterdam, Netherlands) (6:06)
  6. "Je t'aime mélancolie - Felix Da Housecat Remix – Remixed by Felix Da Housecat (Chicago, U.S.) (4:45)
  7. "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces - Paul Oakenfold Remix – Remixed by Paul Oakenfold (London, UK) (4:03)
  8. "California" - Romain Tranchart & Rawman Remix – Remix and additional production by Romain Tranchart & Rawman (Paris, France) (6:17)
  9. "Libertine" - Y-Front Remix – Remixed by Y-Front (Volvox Music) (Paris, France) (4:02)
  10. "Optimistique-moi" - Junior Jack Psycho Vocal Mix – Remix produced by Junior Jack for Eye Industries (Grimbergen, Belgium) (8:00)
  11. "Désenchantée" - Thunderpuss Club Anthem – Remix produced by Thunderpuss (Hollywood, U.S.) (10:04)

Credits[edit]

Charts, certifications and sales[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Le Dictionnaire des Chansons de Mylène Farmer, Benoît Cachin, 2006, Tournon Ed., p. 241-242
  2. ^ a b Remixes Mylenefarmeriscalled.net (Retrieved February 16, 2008)
  3. ^ "Mylène Farmer, l'icône", Jukebox, n°253, p. 7 Devant-soi.com (Retrieved May 13, 2008)
  4. ^ Fnac review
  5. ^ Amazon.fr review
  6. ^ Mylène Farmer, la part d'ombre, Caroline Bee, Antoine Bioy and Benjamin Thiry, January 2006, Archipel Ed., p. 268
  7. ^ Femme Actuelle No. 1053, November 29 - December 5, 2004 Milenia.ifrance.com (Retrieved March 7, 2008)
  8. ^ a b French SNEP Compilations Chart from 30.11.03 to 06.12.03 Ifop.com (Retrieved January 9, 2008)
  9. ^ a b Mylène Farmer's certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved January 2, 2008)
  10. ^ a b "RemixeS", Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Albums Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved January 9, 2008)
  11. ^ a b "RemixeS", Swiss Albums Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved January 9, 2008)