It seems Kelela can simply do no wrong. Circling back around quickly following the R&B moment-defining effort that was last year’s Take Me Apart, the mercurial singer is enjoying her new station a bit, stunting with, yes, a remix album. While this can often be a source of trepidation for fans, with most major remix collections stuck somewhere between an easy cash grab and a well-intended second helping that can’t help but wither in the shadow of its progenitor.

Somehow, thankfully, Kelela has avoided such a pitfall with grace and apparent ease. Largely devoid of “big” names that so often clutter remix releases, TAKE ME A_PART has taken the Pixar approach: talent that fits the role over an easy big draw. Aside from Kaytranda, SERPENTWITHFEET, and a smattering of guest vocalists, unless you’re a dance connoisseur, you’re perhaps unlikely to recognize many of the guests Kelela invited into her kitchen.

It doesn’t matter when they acquit themselves so well. Santa Muerte kicks off the show with a somehow even icier ‘Bluff’, before letting the song develop into a subtly lush glide, setting the stage perfectly for a remix album that’s far more essential than it has any right to be.

Kelela isn’t afraid to let her guests get their dance on. DJ Lag’s throbbing take on ‘Onanon’ is sure to have your head bobbing even if you’re just sitting on your bed like I was. Use with caution in public settings. The same goes for Tre Oh Fie’s almost jungle-like bop-ification of ‘Waitin’.

Loathe to let the energy lag, or for the project to fall too comfortably in one lane, Rare Essence mixes up the mood entirely with their laidback, percussion-tastic reimaging of the original album’s title track. It’s not quite radically different from the original song, but surely different enough to turn heads. Another “big” moment comes in the form of BADSISTA, who brings her distinctly Brazilian take to an endlessly enjoyable re-imagining of ‘Better’. For a brilliant closer, Ahya Simone provides gorgeous harp instrumentation for a deceptively soothing spin on 'Enough'. Some fool gets dumped to music that could suit a day for Hedonismbot by his temple's pool, and it's nothing less than lovely.

Kelela’s adventurousness here, her willingness to not only let other chefs in her kitchen, but to let them make whatever damn meal crossed their minds (she even lets Kareem Lofty remove her vocals almost entirely from a bleak, almost dark ambient take on ‘Turn to Dust’), speaks volumes about her artistic curiosity and willingness to keep clawing into new territory. Sure, maybe it didn’t need to be nearly 90 minutes long, but when you’re serving an extra helping, there’s no harm in giving your guest plenty to choose from. It’s even nice of her. This may be a remix album, but TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES is no minor thing.