Coat of Arms (Daedelus Remix)
Label: Timetable Records
The 8-bit synths and lunging hip-hop beats of Nosaj Thing's 2009 album Drift were woozy enough; a diverse crew of remixers throws them even further off their center of gravity on a collection that ranges from Dorian Concept's brittle, fluorescent dubstep to Dntel's molten electropop. Teebs' bell tone rush is like the best ice-cream headache ever, and Jamie XX (of The XX) turns in one of his best remixes yet with a slow-motion house jam haunted by memories of 2-step. It's the rare case of a remix album actually improving upon its source material.