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As usual its been a struggle this week to find something I like but here's one. Its a 12" by Palms called 'Boundary Waters Remixed' and it contains an all star cast of remixers including the singer from Deerhunter, one of the Animal Collective lads and a feller in indie group Bloc Party. The original is a tasty slab of kraut rock style modern pop recalling both Krafwerk and Stereolab. A deadp ...

12" £9.99 RBR004

12" on Rare Book Room inc Animal Collective, Bradford Cox mixes plus MP3 download.

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Boundary Waters Remixed by Palms
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9/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 September 2009
As usual its been a struggle this week to find something I like but here's one. Its a 12" by Palms called 'Boundary Waters Remixed' and it contains an all star cast of remixers including the singer from Deerhunter, one of the Animal Collective lads and a feller in indie group Bloc Party. The original is a tasty slab of kraut rock style modern pop recalling both Krafwerk and Stereolab. A deadpan lady voice is followed by a deadpan mans voice while police siren style things wail in the background. The Josh Dibbs (Animal Collective) mix is unsurprisingly superb, bringing in the usual wibbly keyboard motifs that infiltrate his normal bands work leading to a wonderful sound collage over which the lady vocals are carefully placed for maximum effect. He brings in low end beats to emphasise the dynamics of the track which work wonderfully with the twisting and twirling keyboard. The problem with remix records is that if everyone uses the same vocal then it becomes a very repetitive listen. This is the problem initially with the Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) mix but if you take it on its own terms its a wonderful piece of music. It utilises excellent dub effects, a lone distant melodica and atmospheric guitar twangs and soon becomes a very evocative piece. The Bloc Party drummer (Matthew Tong) also does a good job which belies his position in one of the worst bands on the planet (I will admit that he is a very good drummer and should quit the day job with immediate effect if he can scrape enough cash together) he enlists his brother on this mix which starts of in a Tom Tom Club style handclappy funk number before veering oddly off into thrash metal territory. Gavin Russom from the DFA label comes in with the final mix which even more Krautifies the original track. Overall despite the limitation in style and the vocals used its very enjoyable experiment. There's only 100 for the UK so be very very quick. On Rare Book Room records.

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