I have to disagree, having listened since his first project back in March, I enjoy the extra vocal effects and addition of some instruments. Maybe it is because I have listened to the original songs so much it is nice to listen and hear new things added
I haven't listened to it yet, but I've heard the iTunes snippets.
Few things I've noticed:
- Overall more compress/squashed sound.
- Removal of the Aaliyah sample ("hold me close") in "What You Need"
- New background harmonies + more upfront background harmonies in "The Zone"
- Bass synth in "High for This" cuts through the mix more
- Beach House sample in "Loft Music" is pushed back a bit (or has reduced stereo width?)
The new mixes just sound off to me. 808 kick drums are (way too) louder and punchier, other instruments like snare drums, bass synth and long 808 "trap" drums are quieter... It seems to be Illangelo that mixed it himself, or maybe the mixing engineer decided not to be credited. Mastered by Mark Santangelo, Vlado Meller's assistant.