The consistently mondo-retro flavor of the collection stems as much from the participants invited as from the material. Swiss laptop jockey Seelenluft, the cheeky plunderphonic nerds in Seattle's Bran Flakes, and Belgium's cartoon-y Dim Dim share stylistic elements with Tipsy that can't help but color their respective remixes. On their version of "Hey!," theremin-drenched Russian surf rockers Messer Chups introduce white noise nicked from '60s synth experimenter Morton Subotnick, while L.A.'s groovy space invaders Seksu Roba send "Wig Out" into orbit by jacking up the tempo, inserting a pulsing, echo-laden bridge, and dropping soundbites culled from one of Santo's Mexican wrestler sci-fi flicks. Even the remixers outside this cadre of electronica artists seem to consciously stick close to Tipsy's program: U.K. breakbeat mavens the Sons of Silence defy expectation by delivering a mellow, mysterioso take on "Fur Teacup."
A couple of better-known acts take more substantial liberties with their revamped versions. Local programming duo Matmos forgoes the remix process altogether, contributing a percolating original, "Schatzi a Go Go," that's built on crazed sound effects and "la-la" vocals. The pop-minded High Llamas strip "Sweet Cinnamon Punch" down to a pizzicato string section, mournful slide guitar, and lazy piano chords, staging a pastoral picnic in the Beach Boys' lysergic sandbox, while Optiganally Yours veers from Zeppelin-ish riffage to cocktail bossa nova on "Cinnabar." If more of Remix Party! followed the bold lead of these tracks, the collection might have explored less heavily trodden territory. As it stands, fans of Tipsy's oeuvre will still likely salute this offering with raised martini glasses and orbiting swizzle sticks.