Monkey Been To Burn Town EP by Animal Collective was available on Vinyl 12" but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Vinyl 12" £6.99 RUG525T
12" EP on Domino inc. Traxman, Teengirl Fantasy, Shabazz Palaces and Brian Gang Gang Dance remixes.
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- Monkey Been To Burn Town EP by Animal Collective
Ah, Animal Collective, where did it all go wrong? They started out so positively, with albums like ‘Sung Tongs’ and ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ still standing out while many of their contemporaries of the time have fallen by the wayside, but I really struggled with ‘Centipede Hz’, whose technicolour digital sheen and hyperactive, messy production left it attention-grabbing in small doses but terribly hard work over the course of an entire double LP. Here’s an EP, then, with three reworks of that album’s ‘Monkey Riches’ by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), Traxman and Teengirl Fantasy as well as a Shabazz Palaces take on ‘New Town Burnout’.
DeGraw introduces some much-needed space to the track in his mix, which starts slow with alien, disjointed beats before getting a bit more poppy when the vocal line comes in intact, then Traxman turns it into a hard juke workout with repeated high-pitched squiggles and a pacey beat with a booming kick drum sound, which after its initial adrenaline rush settles down to a cool tripped out groove with some intermittent spluttering glitch bass action. Over on the other side Shabazz Palaces have a dark and pulsating digi-hop remix of ‘New Town Burnout’ with subtle processed vocals and weird bright synth touches, it’s got a kind of dystopian mechanical feel which I’m liking. The best is left for last with Teengirl Fantasy’s squelchy synth odyssey, with the vocals reduced to little more than the occasional chopped up snippet alongside some creative beatmaking and plenty of bright synth swirls and modular bloops, understated 303 bass and rapidfire percussion. These are all decent efforts considering the source material but nothing mindblowing here.
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