Remix of the Week
You know how, occasionally, you hear a piece of music so damn other-worldly that you just have to tell everybody about it? Well, I do, and it’s at such moments I’m thrilled to host a web site…
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom are the underdogs of the DFA label frequently overlooked by more easily-memorized names like LCD Soundsystem, The Juan MacLean and Shit Robot. Their debut album The Days of Mars was intriguing and intelligent but too subtle for the dancefloor and not quite experimental enough for the bedroom headz.
This week, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom release an alternate recording of album track ‘Relevee’ on CD and 12”. The lead cut is okay, if not spectacular, and the same could be said of the surprisingly formulaic DFA remix. Carl Craig’s funky tech-house piano-jazz version is much more like it, but it’s the closing mix by acid house pioneer Baby Ford (remember him?) that has me floored. This is dance music at its most inexplicably primal: bass-heavy, doom-laden, wriggly as f**k, utterly repetitive, totally lyric-free, of no similarity whatsoever to the original, and entirely and utterly infectious. It’s the kind of track that gets inside your skin and sends your nerves dancing all around the body. It’s the kind of track that has this ominous sub-bass which you just know will blow your speaker if you turn it up too loud. It’s the kind of track that people who don’t like electronic dance music will absolutely hate because it goes nowhere (but everywhere), says nothing (but everything), and has no discernible melody (but tons of rhythm and texture). And it’s the kind of track that reminds me why I’ve spent so many nights inside dark night clubs with eyes closed and spirits raised, soaking up cuts like this and hoping that the music never stops.