Top Five Indie Remixes…
By Lizzi Ward/ Tha-One.Writer. The indie remix is a special sort of remix. Usually remixes are a way of one DJ letting another DJ know that he appreciates his work, in the electronic music producing realm. Conversely remixes can also be a show-reel for a DJ to exhibit his or her musical stamp by taking […]
By Lizzi Ward/ Tha-One.Writer.
The indie remix is a special sort of remix. Usually remixes are a way of one DJ letting another DJ know that he appreciates his work, in the electronic music producing realm. Conversely remixes can also be a show-reel for a DJ to exhibit his or her musical stamp by taking an old ‘uncool’ song and giving it a whole new identity, making worthy of every hipster’s all-knowing nod (I’m looking at you Cyril Hahn). However the indie remix is a whole different beast. Mostly, the song being remixed, is usually pretty damn cool in its own right, enjoying many-a-like on facebook and many-a-play on youtube. Similarly the DJ remixing is often well established, not really needing to pull on the coat-tails of an indie shoe-gaze band. However, when the two come together, a symphony of genre bending, sound mixing, wonder occurs – keeping both the camp of the remixer and the remixee happy. So, here be my top five indie remixes, just to show you what I really mean…
1) Foals – My Number (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
Holy Fire, the third release from maths appreciating indie demi-gods foals dropped this week, and with it came a plethora of remixes and reboots, however, this one particularly stood out for me. Breaking the song down to an almost unrecognisable club-ready anthem, TEED has reworked this ‘number’ into a slow building synth heavy, achingly cool remix. Foals didn’t need TEED, TEED didn’t need foals, but damn, I’m glad they found each other.
2) Jack Penate – Tonight’s Today (Ophex ‘Juliana Barwick’ remix)
Remember Jack Penate? Back in the distant past of 2006/2007 Jack penate was man of the moment, heading up a pop revolution of singer-songwriters-with-london-accents-in-the-charts (Kate Nash, Jamie T, them lot?) and despite never quite reaching the heady heights of fame again (anyone else know he released a single last year? No me neither), jack has benefitted from more than one crackin’ indie remix. Jack’s track Tonight’s Today was a jubilant party track, with a catchy ‘na na na oh’ motif, perfect for a fervent festival crowd. However this Ophex remix gives the song a whole new identity, focussing on the ‘church bells’ aspect, to form a dark, beautiful, lo fi electronic version of the track.
3) Lianne La Havas – Forget (Shlohmo remix)
Are you young, beautiful, successful and possessing great hair? Yes? Oh you’re probably Lianne La Havas then. The young lady has become the indie man’s crumpet this year, dropping into the scene like some beautiful airy dream – imagine Corrine Bailey Rae but without the silly bike and way cooler. So what could make La Havas even more delectable? Shlohmo, opening his bag of remix all over La Havas’ face..mmmmm.
4) Aeroplane – I Crave Paris (Friendly Fires Vs Flight Facilities)
Hands up if you like indie disco. COME ON NOW, STOP PRETENDING TO BE COOL. WE ALL LIKE INDIE DISCO. This track takes two vital tracks of any indie DJ set worth its weight in Arctic Monkeys, mashes them together, adds a little spice and put a groove all up in your hips. I know it’s quite old, but its good. Oh so good. Shimmy n shake away.
5) Glasser – Tremel (Jamie XX Remix)
Jamie whatever-I-touch-turns-to-gold XX is really something. This track, by indie-pop-gal Glasser is pretty damn cool in its own right, Tremel is a ghostly, ethereal track, yet it is only exponentially improved by Mr XX’s diddle on the skiddle. The wobbing bass, reminiscent of early dubstep, perfectly matches the haunting tone of Glasser’s beautiful voice. Lose yourself.