Talk about a wonderful combination! This started as a quiet and beautiful song from The Acorn, but the ever-excellent Phèdre have distorted the vocals (pitch shifting them down and fading them out into the wispy distance) and completely changed the spine of the song: goodbye acoustic guitar, hello synth fuzz.
And in case you haven’t heard the good news yet: we’re so thrilled to have Phèdre headline the second day of our first-ever festival in Toronto this December! See you there?
Toronto electro-shoegaze group Mune have a dark, mysterious sound to begin with, but this remix done by Brandon Gibson-DeGroote (aka one half of the most wonderful Most People) deconstructs “Fool My Senses” and takes it deeper into a darker, even more subterranean place. Pitch-shifted vocals reveal the slightly sinister character that may have always lain beneath the surface of Mune, but the overall effect of the remix isn’t evil exactly. More like bizarre space-age R&B.
Falling Through Remixed comes out August 28 on Culvert Music and features remixes from the likes of Beta Frontiers, Eytan Tobin, and Delta Will.
As y’all might know, we’re well into both Montreal experimental electronic pop trio Saxsyndrum as well as Toronto synthpop stars-in-waiting For Esmé. So, remember For Esmé’s smash from back in the winter? Well, Saxsyndrum have thoroughly deconstructed the catchy brilliance of “You” and reimagined the pop song as an expansive, psychedelic electronic jam somewhat in the vein of classic Caribou. It’s at times meticulously sparse, other times wonderfully dense, and an overall fascinating trip, definitely one of the best things we’ve yet heard from the Montreal experimenters.
The two bands play several shows together in the coming weeks, which you should catch if it’s an option for you, geographically: July 16 at Casa del Popolo in Montreal, and July 23 at the WayHome festival in Oro-Medonte. Saxsyndrum’s excellent SXD_EP from last year is still available from their Bandcamp, and For Esmé’s awesome singles are available from theirs.
We’re huge Pick a Piper fans here at Silent Shout – Caribou drummer Brad Weber’s self-titled debut album was one of our favourites of 2013. Well, it’s a couple years later, and it feels about time to revisit those wonderful songs with some assistance from Weber’s wide coterie of talented peers, all coming together to make a remix album in support of the Steve Reid Foundation, which helps musicians in need, especially medical need. Unlike many remix records, this one really feels like a particularly cohesive listen, as the artists involved all have an affinity for exploring the psychedelic side of electronic music. Contributors include Teen Daze, Jeremy Greenspan, the Ruby Suns, and the man himself, Caribou. It’s a thoroughly engrossing compilation worthy of repeated listens.
You can stream and purchase Remixes from Bandcamp.
By now we know to expect great things from Beta Frontiers. It shouldn’t be a surprise when he drops a ridiculously catchy remix or original track like it’s no big deal. But a new track from him IS a big deal and, yet again, he has delivered.
Whereas his recent remixes have taken great songs to the next level of funky danceability, his new take on ANAMAI‘s Lucia thoughtfully transforms a dark, slow, atmospheric tune into an electro chillout treasure. He retains the spirit of the original by chopping and layering Anna Mayberry’s haunting vocals over a twitchy groove but there are no lyrics, no narrative to follow. It’s as if Mayberry is looking down over a Beta Frontiers landscape being all like “mmmmmm mhmmmmm yesssss”.
These two produce radically different work but their collaborations result in greatness. We loved the pop single they released together on Buzz Records last year.
If she’s rolling through your hometown, catch ANAMAI on tour this Spring!
We knew for a while that Most People’s Brandon Gibson-DeGroote had a deep-seeded love for all things house and techno. This has manifested itself through his newest project RaveTapes and now, by entering into the remix game with this spectacular nine-minute sweaty workout jam.
Brandon takes the already dance-floor pumping style of Zords up to the next level with his extended version of last year’s “Dancing Eyes.” Put it on when getting ready to go out, doing the dishes or cooking dinner and just TRY not start moving. The weekend is here, so let’s have a dance party!
“Curtains?!” is unquestionably one of the best singles of the year, a standout from Timber Timbre’s masterful Hot Dreams. But of course, as an electronic blog, part of us always wonders: “What if there was just more synth in there?” Well today we get a hypnotic, grooving, epic journey of a remix from Toronto’s psychedelic electronic superstars Doomsquad, featuring a guest vocal from Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, One Hundred Dollars). In your face and unrelentless, it’s a deep and bassy track that is darker and more urgent than their amazing February debut Kalaboogie. Such a good combination! One of the best remixes of the year.
Vesuvio Solo, one of Montreal’s most exciting new projects, gets the remix treatment from Waterfront Property, who recently joined the ever-expanding Banko Gotiti family. He gives a decidedly more LCD Soundsystem/electro take on the poppy soul of Vesuvio Solo on this remix, and throws in some excellent guest vocals from Marlene Brando.
Montreal songwriter James Irwin thoroughly charmed us with his recent single “Everything Passed Me By,” and we’ve been eagerly awaiting the next single from his forthcoming album Unreal. And here it be! “Face Value” does not disappoint, another relaxed yet sombre song, seems like this record will be autumnal to the max.
As an added treat, the track’s been remixed by the brilliant L Ron of Holobody. Also essential listening!
Neat remix here from the ever delightful Montreal weirdo Flist of his labelmate Hua Li. Both acts are releasing EPs in the coming months on Art Not Love Records, and this momentary collaboration bodes well, with Flist bringing his signature creep to Li’s bizarro R&B stylings. Long live the weirdzzzzzz.