REEEMIX: Florence, Fool’s Gold, Temper Trap and Noah & The Whale get the treatment

I don’t know masses about dance music, but I do have an opinion or two on remixes – formed while listening to the The Remix, a terrific show on Xfm, and dating back to the time when CD singles had four remixes and a radio edit as B sides.  I think a good remix – much like a good cover – is one that takes a song in a different direction; progresses it somehow.  Conversely, a bad one is a remix that does little to a tune, simply changing the ambience slightly, or perhaps speeding it up a tad.  There’s no black and white in my mind, but I definitely see the brilliance of some remixes while despairing of others.

I write all this because a surge of interesting ones have landed in my in-tray recently.  Here’s a run-through with some brief thoughts, and the download links, including the original song for comparison’s sake:

Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel (Phaseone Remix)
I loved this song as it was, meaning Phaseone’s reworking takes some getting used to.  The funky beats of the original are buried beneath a distorted rubble of samples, a forlorn organ refrain, a strange shouting man with a Latino accent, breaking glass and slams of cymbals.  The effect is almost to neuter the original, substituting its lightness and charm for weirdo darkness. But what darkness: an engrossing, elegant and very inventive piece of trance. (NB: Michachu & The Shapes have also remixed this song recently)
Remix MP3: Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel (Phaseone Remix) (zSHARE)
Original MP3: Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel (zSHARE)
Phaseone on MySpace

Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)
Not so much a remix as a cover of Florence’s own recent cover, but one featuring samples from Flo’s cover.  Make sense?  Probably not.  (It’s actually even more complicated still, as musicaddiction explains.) Basically, Oliver and Romy from The xx sing the Candi Staton verses (“Sometimes I feel like throwing…”) in typically glum style, and then the chorus consists of F&TM’s “You got the..” and “I knowww” vocals being echoed. All of which makes for an unusual sum of parts that I don’t think quite gels togther.  But it’s certainly more creative than Florence’s own cover, where she simply sang the song exactly as Candi, but just better, with some token Joanna Newsom-style harps.
Remix MP3: Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix) (zSHARE)
Original MP3: Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (zSHARE)
The xx on MySpace


The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Alan Wilkis Remix)
One of the year’s biggest records is given the techno treatment here, Wilkis draping echoes and a shower of lively keyboard effects around Dougy’s lavish vocals. It’s very well done and would likely to famously in big dance clubs given the chance.  But ultimately what I like about this song is the Temper Trap part, not anything the remix added; it’s like a hip hop song when you love the sampled chorus, but not the rap before and after it.  You might as well just plump for the original.
Remix MP3: The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Alan Wilkis Remix) (zSHARE)
Original MP3: The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (zSHARE)
Alan Wilkis on MySpace

Noah & The Whale – Blue Skies (YACHT Remix)
A bit like the aforementioned Ms Newsom, Noah & The Whale are an act I’m always intrigued to see remixed just because their sound is so far from dance – meaning the remix has to be quite a departure.  This is admittedly one of their funkier songs, but still YACHT perform wonders on a minimalist slant: adding in a distorted vocal here and a buzzing digital beat there, and retaining a lovely chill-out feel throughout.  (NB: The Twelves have also remixed this song recently)
Remix MP3: Noah & The Whale – Blue Skies (YACHT Remix) (zSHARE)
Original MP3:  Noah & The Whale – Blue Skies (zSHARE)
YACHT on MySpace


~ by ripamel on 07/10/2009.

2 Responses to “REEEMIX: Florence, Fool’s Gold, Temper Trap and Noah & The Whale get the treatment”

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