|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
|This complete overhaul of Marc Bianchi's highly noted 2003 album, Young Machines, this release is not so much remarkable for its content, which is undeniably excellent, as it is for the mere feeling that comes from reading down the list of remixers who, by methods of fission or fusion, create a startling energy from such melancholic material. Not that any of these remixes are "rev'd up." But reading down the names: The Album Leaf, Arab Strap, Matmos, Super Furry Animals (excuse me, I know this list is long, but there's a point), Dntel, Blockhead, Broken Spindles, Boom Bip, Stereolab and finally Nobody; it's striking in that these ten acts represent a new nation of indie artists who, without the ballyhoo of a mainstream "movement," have nevertheless coerced the genre-challenged listening habits of today's iPod nation. From alternative-veterans Stereolab to post-IDM mavens Matmos and new-school indie hip-hop head Boom Bip, the commonality of electronic beats, Beatles' melodies, digital abstraction and space rock psychedelic sound effects are ubiquitous. A pristine history of popular music spanning the '60s through the '90s which has become the norm in clued-in circles. Tune in, turn on, geek out. - iTunes