|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
|I'll be honest: when The Young Machines Remixed arrived in my box, I was disappointed that it was not a disc of all-new material. Though it's been just over a year since the original The Young Machines came barreling through the indie-electronic world, I am already craving more of Marc Bianchi's bittersweet beats. Remixes is a fine appetizer to stave off the hunger, though. Here, the entirety of Her Space Holiday's last release is remixed by electronic heavy hitters such a Joel Petersen (Broken Spindles, The Faint), Arab Strap, and Stereolab. The result is quite a diverse splattering. The Album Leaf's opener "The Young Machines" is sprinkled with the pristine fairy-dust chimes of mastermind Jimmy LaValle. Arab Strap couldn't have been given a more appropriate assignment; the lyrical content of the newly arranged "Something To Do With My Hands" is right up the Strap's sexually-depraved alley. Dntel gives "Japanese Gum" a new swank, while Stereolab gives "Girl Problem" its unmistakable signature sound. All in all, The Young Machines Remixed is an interesting new way to hear last years' Her Space Holiday gems. - Chord