Remixed by Alan Vega + Anton Newcombe by The Vacant Lots

The Vacant Lots were never too big fans of peaceful tracks, but Alan Vega’s (of Suicide) remix has definitely added a new layer of energy to 6 AM. Then on the other side, there’s Anton Newcombe (of Brian Jonestown Massacre), whose remix of Never Satisfied is far more upbeat and positive in its distortedness.

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Remixed by Alan Vega + Anton Newcombe by The Vacant Lots
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8/10 Robin 10 March 2015

Psychedelic clerks the Vacant Lots get two masters of disorientation and disillusion in to remix their tunes, getting Alan Vega of synth-destroyers Suicide on a cover of “6am” and sunglassed shoegaze legend Anton Newcombe on the other. If you’ve ever heard Suicide’s reverberating roadtrip electro-pop before, his remix won’t come as much of a surprise, layering ambient sheen and driving beats into the tune, adding a bit of spitting dub to the vocals and winking at the past with that “cheree” line. Basically, he makes it move even faster, as if squinting his eyes and pushing the pedal down harder, a little over the speed limit.

Newcombe on the meantime gets his glee on with his slight, tender rework of “Never Satisfied”: none of that distortion, a lot of clarity in the Bowie-inspired riffage, and an all important new bassline that delivers the whole thing unto a cracking rhythm -- and we all know that rhythms are as singular as philosophies. A good-time groove, thanks to Newcombe, and both he and Vega prove that the Vacant Lots are good for a dance -- whether it’s a dance of life or the dance of death.


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