|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
|Emo-tronica epic gets reworked by your knob-twiddling favorites. Upon its initial release late in 2003, we couldn't stop lauding Her Space Holiday's opus to touch love and hard truths, The Young Machines. Finding inspiration in indie rappers like Slug and Aesop Rock, Her Space Holiday brain trust Marc Bianchi wrote lyrically bleak songs about self-loathing teenage girls and wicked fantasies involving lazy music journalists. All set to dreamy, atmospheric computer music, it was among the best releases of that year. Now he's allowed a stellar line-up of remixers to reinterpret these tactile tunes into one of the best remix albums of this year. The ever-meticulous Matmos get intimate with the strings and plucked guitars of "Tech Romance" stripping away layers until the song ends. Dntel turns up the sadness on "Japanese Gum" highlighting the lyrics with backwards samples and subtle clicks. Blockhead adds a quite hip-hop beat behind "Meet the Pressure" and Boom Bip goes grandiose on a majestic version of "The Luxury of Loneliness." While most of the remixers maintain the melancholy mood, Stereolab has nothing but fun on "Girl Problem" throwing bleating Farfisa organs and manic tempo changes all over the song to create something completely different than the original. Altogether, this is a fine diversion while we wait (im)patiently for the next Her Space Holiday long-playing opus. - Urb