December 9, 2010

Remixology, 2010

Posted in Remixology, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:49 pm by essentiallyeclectic

A lot of my favourite tracks from this year have come via the medium of the remix; all too often the scourge of the musical earth, but every once in a while a piece of beauty existing as an entity entirely separate to that of the original.

I’ve included links to the originals (where possible) to show the work undertaken, and also to provide you with further avenues of listening should you take to these tracks as I have…


Fool’s Gold – Nadine (Memory Tapes Remix)

L.A. Afro-Hebrew-Poppers Fool’s Gold get the Memory Tapes treatment of their track Nadine, from last year’s glorious riot Surprise Hotel. The respect shown to the vocal melodies in this remix is particularly satisfying.

See the video for the original HERE


The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Luckiest Charm)

The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Like Woe Remix)

Two Flying Lotus remixes of this track by The Long Lost. Luckiest Charm shows the producer’s more than competent laid back side, while the Like Woe version gets the full face-melt workout and appears on the compilation Ninja Tune XX, celebrating twenty years of the influential imprint.

Check out the Satie-referencing original HERE


Twin Shadow – Savannah Howl (Hard Mix Remix)

Mustachioed Dominican-born Brooklyn hipster Twin Shadow has just released his debut Forget  on 4AD. It sounds very little like this gorgeously affecting remix from South Carolina producer Hard Mix, a beautiful collision of the two’s styles, but both artists are still worth checking out individually.

Find Twin Shadow HERE, and Hard Mix HERE


Babe, Terror – Summertime Our League (Four Tet Rework)

This track made the Essentially Eclectic Recent Listening: November post a few weeks ago, so apologies for the repost. So in the interest of continuity, here’s what I said about it then: Brazilian artist Babe, Terror soundtracks the night to his native Sao Paulo using only layers of his own voice and plenty of effects. Here, that voice is given a body thanks to a Four Tet reworking of a recent track from the Havai EP. (Remix also on the EP)

Video for this remix HERE, original can be heard on Babe, Terror’s myspace HERE

YOU SAY PARTY – Dark Days (Babe Rainbow Remix)

We end with probably the most drastic reworking on this list. Vancouver new wave/punks YOU SAY PARTY’s Dark Days, an uptempo tangle of distorted guitars and pounding beats, is transformed into an ethereal mass of noise and reverb by fellow Vancouverite Babe Rainbow. Spooky…

Watch the video for the original HERE





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