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Track of the week:
Warm in the Shadows by Music Go Music (Fred Falke remix)
Well, has there ever been a Fred Falke remix that failed to run smoothly? The evidence has yet to be provided. The instrumentation here is absolutely sweet. The synth is just delightful. Funnily enough, especially at the start of the song, the vocals appear to be rather loud, as if they are copied onto the track (which of course is the case as it is a remix, but you should not be able to hear it, no?). After this initial hesitation however the track goes on to run as smooth as ever. Around minute three Falke throws a beat in it to boot so there is a bit of a change of pace, always welcome in remixes spanning over eight minutes. It is not all Fred Falke’s doing though, the original is fabulous as well. Perhaps the combination of the two should have resulted in something even better than this, but aside from the slight bump in the beginning one can hardly fault this track.
Which Song by Max Tundra (Passion Pit remix)
This song has a jumpy, summery feel to it, very much akin to Passion Pit’s original songs, so there should be no surprise there. The song is not as catchy though, and not as clearly produced, sounding a bit more like Neon Indian I find in terms of sound. I’m not sure about the vocals and how they mix with the music. I am not sure whether it does not really combine well with the instrumentation or if I just do not fancy the voice in itself. With Passion Pit doing the remix you expect something fun and exuberant, and perhaps it tries to be, but the exuberance has not really hit me yet, despite the summery feel.
The Chosen One by The Raveonettes
Lo-fi dreampop is what they call it, isn’t it? It reminds me a bit of the lo-fi movement of for example Crystal Stilts, but with a decidedly more poppy and glossy ring to it. I’m not too big a fan of this, then again I’ve never really been into The Raveonettes. I think the best bit of this song is when the guitar is turned off, I guess the guitar makes it too muddled for my liking. The song in its entirety fails to hold my attention. Only the bit sans guitar is catchy and springs out.
Leave Your Earth Behind by Soft Rocks
I just love Soft Rocks new EP loads, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to get a copy of it and listen to it, because there are some amazing tracks on there. Not this one though, I have no idea where this one comes from. Not sure if I like it as much as the EP tracks as well to be honest. It does meander forth beautifully with some very nice sounds mixed in there, but I do think that for how smoothly it runs it lacks the catchiness of their recent EP stuff. Lots of ideas though, and it sounds terribly nice. It’s not really club, not really disco, somewhere in between, but not danceable. So if you want to take your chances on me describing this song satisfactory I would suggest not to put your whole live savings on it. Listen to it I suppose, it is worth it. Perhaps bit Memory Tapes but less dreamy and more, well, yeah, never mind. It’s nice though, lots happening, and if you want to give the band a proper chance try the EP as well. Love the slow build off as well.
Won’t Go Quietly by Example (The Juan MacLean remix)
A mix for the club this one, with traditional club elements and really rather straightforward. It is dancy though, and catchy, and I can actually see myself dancing to this in the club. That, plus I actually like the vocals, and the song fits the voice, which does not always happen, mind you. Though I do hear “He’s a salmon”, which I have a hard time believing to be correct, but I also have a hard time hearing anything else. Not really fan of the rapping, but I have yet to find an instance in which I do like such a thing. Not the kind of use of vocals I encourage, but it is a whole genre, so personal preference that is rather. Why the song runs for eight minutes though is beyond my comprehension, it lacks the variety to fascinate for such a time. It is dancy though, that it is.
Youth Blood by Little Jinder (Bok Bok remix)
This sounds like an Indian recipe, doesn’t it? Well, the two artists in question obviously, not the track itself, though if it was an interpretive dance it would probably be analyzed as representing some sort of blockage. It sounds as a record very much stuck, not coming out of it until about 1 ½ minute in, after which some sort of club beat has to propel the song forward, but it does not really. The contrast with Fred Falke (somewhere in this column) could not be bigger, and it is obvious in which camp I intend to put my flag. This is not working for me at all, it sounds like eight hundred unfinished sounds that are thrown together to make a song which is, in my eyes, rather unlistenable.