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Beck: Guerolito ***

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BECK: Guerolito
(Courtesy of SF Weekly)

The marketplace is cluttered with remixes that play like glorified covers, lazily pasted-together retreads exhibiting little imagination. That’s not the case with Guerolito, the remixed companion-piece to Beck’s latest gem, largely because the rich, interwoven ingredients in his stylistic melting pot lend themselves so naturally to such a treatment. That, and the fact that the talent (Air, Beastie Boys) is A-list. Not that the mix doesn’t have its share of missteps: Islands’ wildly disjointed, slowed-to-a-crawl take on “Que Onda Guero” wipes out all traces of the original’s funky swagger. But Guerolito is far more than a souvenir for meticulous collectors, if only for Air’s typically lush reinvention of “Missing” and Ghost Range’s rollicking, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production of “E-Pro.”

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