Monday, July 24, 2006

Daft Punk - "Human After All" Remixes

Daft Punk, "Human After All"

Daft Punk, "Human After All (Alter Ego remix)"

Daft Punk, "Human After All (Guy Man After All Justice remix)"

Daft Punk, "Human After All (Sebastian remix)"

Onward with Daft Punk Week, this time with a look at the remixes from their last album, Human After All. Today we're gonna concentrate on the title track and its reworking, tomorrow we're delve into some other joints from the import-only Human After All Remixes album.

"Human After All" was the third single from the album, an underrated song on an underrated album (shockingly, Pitchfork led the way on this perception as always). It sets the tone for the theme of the album, an ironic look at their machine music and its criticisms. This is vocodered to within an inch of its life and I like it. The drums are a little more rock-y than I like, but the bass carries the song.

The remixes all take very disparate routes. Justice actually trims some time off the original, an uncommon remixing feat. They don't make the song any more dancefloor friendly, fuzzing the bass and making the song very choppy and inconsistent. It's good, but the other two outdo it. Sebastian takes out the vocodered bass, which I don't get behind. He tones the drums down a bit, adds some great feedback towards the end, nothing too crazy.

All of this is overwhelmed by the simply massive remix Alter Ego does. That name hasn't been mentioned around these parts, a tragic mistake. We will rectify that in the near future, but for now, download this song and listen to it 1000 times this week. This is a bass train running at full steam, you're not sure if it's gonna go off the tracks or what, but who cares? It is exhilarating, one of the best remixes I've heard in a minute. Huge buildups with a driving bass and synth sounds, hell I even duck calls towards the end. I can't stop listening to this one, you need this in your life.

-Browsing through Tower yesterday, I saw that the three classic Depeche Mode albums - Violator, Speak and Spell and Music For the Masses- have been remastered with lots of extras and a DVD. I'll try to cop those soon, go here to do the same and enjoy some of the greatest albums in the history of music.

-I wanted to hype myself a little more, if you don't mind (if you do, keep it shut). Check out my preview for the Diplo/CSS/Bonde show this past Friday, which is the headline banner on the Philadelphia Weekly site. Yeah. Also, check out my preview for the Sound Team show at the North Star. Yeah yeah. Finally, as I write, Pound for Pound is the 8th most popular blog on Hype Machine with 4 of the top 50 songs. Yeah yeah yeah. Let's keep this rolling people, take a second to click on a Hype Machine link, let's take this to Number One.

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