|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
|A look at the remixers on this project reveal a high potential for success. Among those credited are the Album Leaf, Arab Strap, Matmos, Super Furry Animals, Dntel, Broken Spindles and Stereolab. How's that for star power? But a big name isn't necessarily enough without melodic backing. In this case, many of the big names deliver. The Album Leaf does a beautiful job recreating The Young Machines working in the unmistakable, warm LaValle sound. Super Furry Animals strip down "Sleepy California" to a quirky, bouncy trip-hop. "Japanese Gum" is made significantly more cinematic and dramatic thanks to Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello. Broken Spindles provides the weirdest contribution, making "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" into a robotic, distorted industro new wave track. And "Girl Problem" remixed by Stereolab, might be the best thing here, combining video game synth sounds with guitar and hard-driving organ before moving through a series of tempo shifts. There are plenty of high points and enough variety to keep the listener intrigued. However, I'd recommend listening to The Young Machines first, otherwise this won't make much sense. And furthermore, it's a dandy little album all on its own. - Treble Zine