|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
|Matmos's remix of "Tech Romance" on The Young Machines Remixed, a second look at Marc Bianchi's 2003 The Young Machines takes the original's lush electronic dynamics and wraps them in folk sensibility via serene acoustic guitar. The guitar mocks the original's looped strings and swelling chimes and stuttering, spacey clinks take the place of beats and vocals. Liberties such as these are taken almost everywhere on The Young Machines Remixed, where a star-studded cast of artists re-interprets the already resonant songwriting of Bianchi, the man behind Her Space Holiday. Blockhead's presence is massively strewn along swirling flutes, brass, a menacing guitar loop and his signature downtempo rhythm for "Meet the Pressure." He drops Bianchi's vocals to offer a stoned instrumental track that's as rewarding as his recent Ninja Tune solo record, Music by Cavelight. Stereolab, Boom Bip and Nobody take advantage of their respective slots with memorable abuse of atmospherics and an array of tempo changes, proving The Young Machines was worth the second look. - Prefix