Not merely a remix album but reads like a roadmap to Norwegian electronica, improv, noise and contemporary music. The remixers lack respect in a most wonderful way and use the source material to show off their own talents and personalities. 5/6.
As Spunk themselves are nearly unclassifiable, so are the results, though filtered conspicuously through a cut-and-paste editing process. The only comparison I can give: take The Ex's least rock work, and have it remixed by mu-Ziq under a layer of ice. Either that or a less cohesive form of Bjork. Very interesting, and one to spend more time with.
Other Music (US)
This is one of the best remix albums I´ve ever heard, fully on par with the classic Warp 10-3 from Warp. This is an exquisit album with electronica, ambient, jazz and noise in a gorgeous unity. Beautiful melody lines, challenging excesses, music that will make you a better person. This is simply a must-have, a record you can´t do without. 6/6.
The tracks on this album demonstrate and support the revolutionary character of the quartet´s music. Not an album for every ear, "Filtered Through Friends" is definitely an interesting take on contemporary improvised music. Spunk have proved to be an exiting and disconcerting outfit, and this selection of variations builds on the quartet´s excellence.
The Milk Factory (UK)
Spunk's mercurial improvisation provides an excellent basis for remixing, evidently, the array of possibilities which their collective working generates is a rich ground for their collaborators to work over. Flashes of radical genius make the Spunk remix such a joy to listen to.
Nth position (UK)
Remix albums come and go, rarely assessing more than the original music did. "Filtered Through Friends" makes for an interesting listen and could even be approached as a sampler of the Norwegian experimental electronica scene. The results splatter all across the specter of sample-related avant-garde music, from experimental techno to sound collage and harsh noise. Worth special mentioning is Martin Horntveth´s "Det eneste jeg vet er at det var et horn engang", a beautiful study in granular synthesis, Upper Rooms´s techno-lounge-pop "Thing That Hurts", Marhaug´s sonic attack "Septemberunderlaget 2" and Svalastog´s "Feil Remix" which brings back to life Ground Zero´s album "Consume Red" in a surprising way.
All Music Guide (US)