“You may think that some of the things I just mentioned aren’t pop. But, you know, a power metal band won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, which is as pop as shit gets. Lots of this stuff is popular enough to fill huge venues. All of it shares a few genes with the pop song.”—Warren Ellis: the near-future of pop
Radiohead have announced a remix series of their newest album, The King Of Limbs, beginning with remixes by Caribou and Jacques Greene. This is obviously pretty awesome. It’s also given me pause as I sat and thought about how different things used to be; way back in the day, there was a lot of talk about Massive Attack producing a complete rework of OK Computer. Can you even imagine that? It’s probably for the best that they didn’t, as a year later they unleashed Mezzanine and thus ruined their entire career by exhausting all of their best ideas.
What did we get instead? A couple of Climbing Up The Walls remixes by also-rans Zero7 and the now defunct Fila Brazillia. Miserable scraps.
Things really do change, though. In 2003 Four Tet was commissioned along with Christian Vogel for Hail To The Thief remixes, and by 2008 artists as diverse as Son Lux, Julianna Barwick, Flying Lotus and Diplo were queuing up to join the fun of the Nude and Reckoner remix contests online.
Could I have imagined fourteen years ago that Thom Yorke would be collaborating with luminaries such as FlyLo and Burial a decade hence? Well, obviously not as those artists weren’t even around then, but still. I think Radiohead’s reach is a great signpost for the massive genre-bleedthrough we see daily and take for granted in 2011. Y’know, in case you ever sort of think everything is rubbish, just cast your mind back and think, “Thank fuck we don’t ever hear any Zero7 remixes any more”.
At long last, Jamie xx is releasing his solo debut for Numbers. Rather than the sparse, downbeat ‘scapes sculpted as part of The xx or the Gil Scott Heron remix album, Far Nearer is in keeping with the Numbers aesthetic; laser-cut from various UK subgenres from the last 15 years and retrofitted to accommodate the human heart, creating a neon love jam for cyborgs with tussled hair and grass-stained knees.
The B, meanwhile, Beat For, is pretty much how a new Burial record should sound. Pay attention, Hyperdubbers.
For me, Keep Shelly In Athens are a quintessential act for 2011, which no doubt means they’ll be part of the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll in eight months time.
In any case, their remixes are as arresting as their own tracks, as evidenced by this blissful reworking of D/R/U/G/S’ Love Lust. It’s also definitely worth putting aside time for their remix playlist.
Simply the most badass noise I’ve heard from the internet in a long time, the frustratingly anonymous and elusive FRAUD is frankly sick. Beats and melodies like Aphex at his most furious and inventive, bass explosions like a sci-fi warzone; already described as the dubstep equivalent to HEALTH, this is necessary music.
Been way too long since I made one of these, so hope twice the tracks and double the length makes up for it. For about 6 months i’ve been listening to loads of dark electronic music, so decided to compile it all together. Think of it as 80% a Witch House Beginners Guide, and 20% dark synthpop that doesn’t fit so neatly into that aesthetic. I whacked this together this morning and put loads of thought into the tracklisting and selections, but was pretty lazy with the mixing so there are a lot of clunky transitions, sorry.
1 - 00:00 - GR†LLGR†LL - I.U
2 - 01:32 - †‡† - »»▲««
3 - 04:43 - TEARIST - Long Cold
4 - 06:53 - Xeno & Oaklander - Saracen
5 - 11:04 - Salem - Redlights
6 - 14:36 - This Song Is A Mess But So Am I - Song For Donna Ruppert
7 - 16:46 - S U R V I V E - Holographic Landscape
8 - 20:44 - PO/\/YBOY - HAUS MUSICK
9 - 23:56 - Young Cream - somekeyBitch
10 - 25:54 - White Ring - Roses
11 - 29:52 - SLEEP ∞ OVER - World Is Night
12 - 33:40 - Pwin ▲▲ Teaks - Beach Bubble
13 - 37:30 - Balam Acab - Big Boy
14 - 40:57 - Zola Jesus - I Can’t Stand
15 - 45:03 - Modern Witch - Can’t Live In A living Room
16 - 48:14 - Felt Drawings - Forming
17 - 51:40 - Cold Cave - Now That I’m In The Future
18 - 54:37 - ///▲▲▲\ - Spit Shine
19 - 56:25 - LAKE R▲DIO - Chant
20 - 58:00 - Pure Ecstacy - Dream Over
21 - 1:01:10 - oOoOO - Seaww
22 - 1:04:27 - Mater Suspiria Vision - Call Of The Witches
23 - 1:09:26 - Terminal Twilight - The Fire Of Love (Fire Mix)