Caribou are releasing a remix package this week of Our Love tracks. The album has given us some great remixes by Carl Craig and Tale Of Us/Mano Le Tough, and the new ones of ‘Second Chance’ and ‘Mars’ by Head High are worthy additions to that strand of remixes.
Florence + The Machine’s ‘What Kind Of Man’ was a return to form for Ms. Welch with a stomping callback to her early work and a fine setup for new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
As part of the run up to the album, Nicolas Jaar has come in and teared the song apart spending 12 minutes building and deconstructing a dirty disco beat all over Florence’s vocals. Or as Jaar has tagged it himself “#dark jungle disco death squad suede sex”. Seems fair:
Four Tet’s shelved remix of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ wasn’t heard publicly until last week when Four Tet joined Jon Hopkins and played it on his BBC Radio One residency.
Which is a pity, as Kieran Hebden’s reworking really amped up the sentiment of the original, with a lullaby-style bells and tones backing to Chris Martin’s vocals. The remix was commissioned by the label but it never came out and said that Martin’s vocal take he was sent was one of the best he’s ever received. The clicks in the tracks were samples of Ainsley Harriott cooking on Ready Steady Cook.
Having started out as a folk singer, Sorcha Richardson’s latest musical endeavours have existed in an electronic world. Last year she released a collaborative EP with New Jersey duo Fortunate Ones as Con Vos and she’s kicking off this new year with a collaboration between herself and two other producers AYLA from Canada and Isovert of the US.
‘Fade’ is a slow moving billowy electronic jam with handclaps and harps providing the bed for Richardson’s sweet vocal.
Windings asked two producers to remix tracks from this year’s split LP with Land Lovers and the results that came back are available now as a free download but more importantly, are very worth your ear time.
Carlow’s Auxiliary Phoenix turned ‘Bladerubber’ into something that sounds more like Radiohead in atmosphere while Limerick’s Naive Ted gives ‘Spiral Stairs’ a Dilla-style beat production sheen.
Toby Kaar might have gone very quiet on the live front in the last while and while we wait for the Cork producer to produce tracks to the public that match his reputation in front of an audience, the man has turned his hand to his first remix of a band since last year.
Kaar turns the song, ‘Every Thief’, from We Cut Corners’ recent Think Nothing album into a slow-moving six-minute long mood piece punctuated by the lyrics “Every thief needs an alibi, I’ll be yours, will you be mine?,” goes the song, and Kaar’s production is complicit.