FOSTER THE PEOPLE - “HELENA BEAT (COM TRUISE REMIX)”
This re-edit of Foster the People’s “Helene Beat” came out at the beginning of this year, but Com Truise tends to keep his remixes on a short leash, and for good reason: they kick fucking ass. Not only does Seth Haley (Com Truise) compute his mid-fi synth-wave reworks of possibly the widest array of artists and genres imaginable, but he reinvents the wheel with every last one of them. Not just content with doing a little chopping and screwing here and maybe adding in an extra rhythm synth track there, he often takes the vocal track from the original jam and builds everything else from the ground up around it. Mr. Truise has re-imagined tunes by Franklin, Locussolus, Twin Shadow, and many others, each time bringing a fresh new sheen to the original work. Many times, we feel like anyone who has the distinct pleasure of having him re-imagine their tracks gets the royal treatment, and this is shown clearly with his remix of “Helena Beat”. Barely resembling the (honestly quite) bland original mix, Com Truise’s refix positively drips with the trademark stabbing beats, the sassy bass guitar, the warped sheets of synth, and the retro italo-disco vibe. For being nearly five-and-a-half minutes long, “Helena Beats (Com Truise remix)”, by Foster the People, is a punchy downtempo banger that ends far too quickly. Thank you, iTunes, for the “repeat item” button. Do tha right thing, and waltz your ass on over to my main man Com Truise’s Soundcloud page, and give this stellar remix a listen. Then, do yourself a solid and add your name to a petition to get him to let us download his repertoire of reworks. Are you listening, Seth? We know copyright laws are complex, but we will pay!
“The track firmly roots the band in musical territory among the likes of Delorean, Air France, and labelmate Chad Valley, as we hear Southern Shores mining the blissful sounds of Balearic dance music and soulful vocal samples to great effect.” - XLR8R
“Originally the instrumental for a Lil B track, this inevitably has its roots in hip hop. However, a ghostly Imogen Heap insures this isn’t a standard affair, and the sample moves the track in line with some of the moodier dubstep tracks I’ve heard.” - Indie Shuffle
“The seven-minute ‘Now You Do’ is a righteous jam that exists in the computerized-come-on zone, with a new-media R&B pulse, a bridge of jackhammer bass lush as silk, and soulful, reedy vocals that feel just as smooth.” - Stereogum
I’m a little late to this game, but I don’t think that Danish two-piece Taragana Pyjarama is sufficiently well- known enough for me to feel bad for passing this single of theirs over. Unite the trademark electronic minimalism of artists like The Field and Pantha du Prince with the lush and exotic themes represented by chillwave’s top players, and you have the gist of their sound. Slice out the most emotionally evocative one-minute section in your average Tycho track, and build a five-plus minute fort out of the buoyant loops and subtle variations, and you have “Girls”, by Taragana Pyjarama. The above video, directed by Emmanuel Beaudry, appears to be something of a “radio edit” of the song, the original version of which is easily twice as long and twice as cathartic. Do tha right thing, and take a ride on the side of electronic music that all of the radio-friendly chillwavers are secretly emulating. Grab a copy of the epic single “Girls”, by Taragana Pyjarama below, along with another track from the same 2011 self-titled EP on Fool House that put the boys on the radar, “Ocean”. Like what you hear? Grab a copy of the five-track stunner via Amazon or iTunes, or browse the full menu here. I see there’s a Teengirl Fantasy remix featured on it, and it also looks they’ve got a debut full-length entitled Tipped Bowls, due out in less than a week via Kompakt. How wonderfully appropriate.
Mux Mool, independent electronic music’s biggest badass right now, just released a proper music video for one of the many singles from his most recent full length Planet High School. “Cash for Gold”, a shambling synth-funk villain theme, features a Simon Pegg-esque office drone permafrosted in the 70’s that finds his true calling of serving the dark Mux Mool master while en route home from his spirit-crushing job. Powered by various visions and manifestation of a badazz digital demon lord, our plucky hero toils through the night, building himself a suit of armor and a gigantic cannon that only seems to use diamonds as ammunition. What havoc will our Mux Mool-crazed protagonist manage to wreak upon his chauvinistic Chris Traeger-esque employer? What is his ultimate destiny? Why does that bear have a chainsaw for an arm? You’ll have to watch director Bo Mirosseni’s beboppin’ video for Mux Mool’s “Cash for Gold” in order to find out. Do tha right thing, and snatch yourself a copy of his newest effort via iTunes, Amazon, or The Ghostly Store afterwards. The Dark Lord wishes it.
Seriously, though. “Returnal”, from the similarly titled full-length, is my latest psych-out. Ambient, as experimental electronic pioneer Daniel Lopatin is wont to do, psychedelic, and robotic, “Returnal” is worth the nearly five minutes it will take to lose yourself and return from whence you came. Get the album on iTunes, Amazon, or via Lopatin’s own site.
For shits and giggles, here’s a hip photo of Oneohtrix Point Never and some free MP3 downloads. Do tha right thing!
Not much to see here, so I’m just posting a video of one of Toro y Moi’s lesser known remixes, a muted re-imagining of Washed Out’s iconic “Feel It All Around”. Incestuous as it is, I love that chillwave/glo-fi artists are constantly reworking other favorite hipster tunes. Not only does it make for quantity, but it often can make for quality too, where in rare instances a certain remix actually tops the original. Anyways, not a lot to say, but note the infusion of a prominent bassline, guitar twanging, and a subtle synth tone that make this one worthy of being added to your perfectly tagged, rated, and coverflow-ed iTunes library. Here’s a phunky photo of Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi), along with by a couple free downloads of remixes.