|MH-231 Her Space Holiday - The Young Machines (Remixed)
Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday) has joined with an all-star line-up for The Young Machines Remixed, a companion piece to his 2003 Mush release, The Young Machines. Each remixer was given one track from the original album to dissect and reconstruct, and they have exceeded expectations. The styles of the acts involved are as diverse as they are impressive. The Album Leaf, Arab Strap, Matmos, Super Furry Animals, Dntel, Blockhead, Broken Spindles, Boom Bip, Stereolab, and Nobody have each delivered a mix that holds true to a key element of the original and builds around it in their own unique style. From IDM influenced electronic productions through psychedelic hip-hop meltdowns - from organic flavored reworkings to Japanese influenced kitsch, The Young Machines Remixed succeeds as a cohesive album while never prohibiting the artists involved to shine on their own terms.
|An interesting new way to hear last year's gems - Chord / These dreamy sounds are a gift that keeps on giving - Tokion / It's a dandy little album all on its own - Treble Zine / Undeniably excellent - All Music Guide / Very fun - Almost Cool / A fine diversion - Urb / Worth the trip to space - Remix
|The remix is a strange beast. It is an imperfect clone, a mouse sporting an ear on its back, a dupliicate whose deviations from the original template allow it to express the essence of its predecessor while simultaneously incorporating elements that, under previous circumstances, would simply not fit.The Young Machines Remixed, the album which follows Marc Bianchi's (better known as Her Space Holiday) 2003 Mush release The Young Machines, is an example of remixing at its most successful. Each artist featured on Remixed was given one track from the original album to pick apart and rebuild from the ground up, and the resulting album is both cohesive and refreshingly diverse. The lineup of contributors (Album Leaf, Matmos, Super Furry Animals, Arab Strap, Blockhead, Dntel, Boom Bip, Broken Spindles, Nobody, and Stereolab) does justice to the balance between sweetness and sadness that Hew Space Holiday creates in his tunes, but every track is also unique, infused with the singular, uncompromised musical perspective of the remixer. Glitchy IDM electronics pave the way fro downtempo hip-hop grooves, grimy guitars and keyboards, kitschy pop noodling, and sweeping, ambient soundscapes - and somehow, these juxtapositions all end up making sense. - Signal to Noise