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Clint just walked into the office as I was cranking up this hand-stamped white label on the old plate warmer over there. He laughed and exclaimed that he'd had a dream last night that he was at work reviewing this very record. I saved a man from his dreams coming true. What an awful cad I am!
Clint is the resident office 'Beasts fan but even he was rather appalled by the increasingly dreary sub-Elbow mush of their fourth long player. The opening gambit 'Wanderlust' was one of the best things I'd ever heard from them, this track however is kinda "catchy", but to paraphrase our Clint once again, "doesn't actually go anywhere'.
So I'll review the remixes. Djrum's re-fit is a long, spacious and tender thing with some lovely deep bass pulses and skittering minimal percussion that frames the yearning vocal beautifully. It all reminds me, atmospherically, of early Mount Kimbie. Kudos to Mr. Djrum for turning a rather forgettable Radio 6 A lister into something of genuine warmth and wonder. 9 points for that mix!
The Lone version is pretty shit to our ears. Blatantly a remix for dirty ca$$$h money, it's one of those nightmare scenarios whereas a likeable yet anonymous breaky-house track is stapled onto the arse of a lost, misplaced vocal. They just don't go together very well, musically....stylistically. Like with the majority of indie/electronic mixes - Clint and I have just been deriding this teeth-curling behaviour - this suffers from the travesty of an unedited vocal track plonked on top, instead of a new backing being carefully orchestrated around the vocal.
This is why the Djrum mix succeeds whereas the others sound like lazy contractual obligations. Which is a damn shame as Lone is a really talented producer and without the wailing falsetto Beast his backing track would probably sound less chucked together.
The concluding East India Youth version works slightly better as the peaks of the vocal are married with a sympathetic escalation of sonic intensity. That makes it sound like it's good. But it's not.
I would only hesitantly urge the more ostentatious amongst you to invest in this merely for the Djrum mix - it's quite superb.
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