So you can't hold too much against him. Especially since EMI gives Richard X access to its catalog to cut and paste as he sees fit on X-Factor Vol. 1. "Being Boiled" shows up again straightaway, this time paired with a revamping of Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," courtesy of Liberty X (no relation); the result, "Being Nobody," is soul on ice, an electromagnetic pulse that makes the 1980s seem earthy in comparison. Human League is represented again on "Finest Dreams" -- a tag team of its "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of" and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's "The Finest" -- fronted by punk-soul diva Kelis, which makes you wonder why she isn't a bigger star. It's a streamlined version of 2 Many DJs' culture collages, a more thought-out version of the sloppy mash-ups that are more prevalent on the internet than pop-up ads. No, Richard X hasn't sold out. But maybe you should buy in.
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