Considering the combined elements of a fantastic source material and a fantastic team of remix artists, the new Battles record Dross Glop should be, well, fantastic. And it is... but only sometimes.

Instead, the cleverly spoonerised collection of reworked tracks from 2011's Gloss Drop is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair. Of course, remix albums will always run the risk of sounding that way, as any sense of coherency is lost amongst the dozens of different people involved in pulling it all together. And indeed, the 'hit' moments perhaps outnumber those times when the remixes truly miss the mark. But with the praise heaped upon Gloss Drop last year from practically every critic worth their salt, it feels truly disappointing to hear how uninspired some of the songs here have turned out.

Upon first listen, I giddily skipped to the lead single (and arguably, the best song) from Gloss Drop, 'Ice Cream', to hear what Gang Gang Dance had done with its bouncing summer rhythms. The huge, catchy chorus remained, but it felt like the life had been sucked from the track; John Stanier's frenetic beats had been replaced with GGD's trademark warm synthesizers, and a limp drum machine loop. In places, the music was entirely unrecognisable, which is often a good thing; the direction taken was certainly interesting, but lost everything that made 'Ice Cream' so fun, including the key sense of dynamics.

So, somewhat concerned, I turned to Shabazz Palace's attempts at 'White Electric'; here, I was met with a track which remained much more faithful to the original, with 808 beats and Palaceer Lazaro's rhymes laid on top, to excellent effect. Feeling better, I tried 'Sundome', which had been reworked by Battle's original co-conspirator for that song, Yamantaka Eye; the music had been completely stripped and reassembled into a beautiful, ambient, noisy mess, which slowly built into a pulsing, infectious dance jam. This felt like a remix artist who understood what made Battles so unique and exciting to listen to - their blend of organic, dynamic feeling and computer precision, and had pushed the music to it's conceivable limits.

Kode9 provides a confident, if perhaps stereotypical remix for 'Africastle', which lays the original tracks most poignant melodies over a driving, glitchy beat. Hudson Mohawk hardly alter 'Rolls Bayce' at all, in a bold, simple move which accentuates and supports an already excellent track with more listener-friendly drum machine samples. It would be pointless to assess the virtues of every remix artist's work in this review, but it is unnerving that beyond these particular stand out tracks, little of note remains to talk about.

This would appear then, to be a remix album not particularly for fans of the original body of work, but for fans of the remix artists. Battles made one of the most exciting albums of last year; you might be better to just listen to that instead.