Monday, July 09, 2007

Soulwax - E Talking

Soulwax, "E Talking (original)" (YSI link)

Soulwax feat. Nancy Whang, "E Talking (Soulwax Nite Version)" (YSI link)

Soulwax, "E Talking (Tiga's Disco Drama remix)"
(YSI link)

Soulwax, "E Talking (Rex the Dog remix)"
(YSI link)

Soulwax, "E Talking (Jagz Kooner Black September vocal mix)"
(YSI link)

Part of the weekend never dies. Part of the weekend never dies. It's finally time to drop this song on Pound for Pound, after a beautiful weekend with all sorts of madness and parties and room keys and wonderful moments happening everywhere. In honor of the Radio Soulwax Essential Mix, here's the monstrous Soulwax single from 2004, "E Talking." I love this song so much it's hard to know where to begin, it stands out as one of those songs where I just got it, y'know?

Not sure if it's just me, but the remixes just don't come close to the original. The original was one of those great tracks when the whole indie dance or disco punk thing was making its first wave. It's actually more rock than you might think, some serious fuzzy guitar action. But for me, it's the Nite Versions one that kills hardest, the one with Nancy Whang doing the vocals. Every choice works, from the clearer, female spoken vocals, the more minimal, dance music sound, the drop-outs to let the vocals be so much a greater part. Oh yummy, so f'in good.

Obviously, it's kind of hard to fuck around with something sick and re-do it to get something better, but Tiga, Jagz Kooner and Rex the Dog give it a shot. Tiga's is good, sounds just like you expect a Tiga remix to sound like. He redoes the vocals, which is the main thing that reminds me of his other songs, not sure where the title comes from, as it's a pretty stripped down, heavy sound. It reminds me of a lost 80s classic or a B-side from The Faint, which you know is not an insult in my book. Jagz Kooner drops the most forgettable one, a swirly, distorted version that just doesn't do much for me. Rex the Dog puts out my favorite, as he turns up the synths to 11 and makes a gorgeous track that deviates the most from the original. Love it.

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