Thursday, August 30, 2007

Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe Remixes

Simian Mobile Disco, "I Believe (Switch mix)" (YSI link) DJs

Simian Mobile Disco, "I Believe (Prins Thomas mix)" (YSI link) DJs

Okay, I just wanted to do a quick post on our normal fare, wonderful, glorious dance music. Just a reminder that I haven't given up the throne yet, we're just expanding our horizons here. Don't get it twisted, we're still pound for pound the best around.

I can't think of a better way to get back to our roots than a Simian Mobile Disco song remixed by Switch and Prins Thomas. One of the most exciting developments of the past few years for me has been the way that so many of the best names in dance music have been involved in each other's music. Whether it's Justice being redone by MSTRKRFT or Erol Alkan redoing Hot Chip, it seems like there's a nice crossover between the people who are responsible for some of the most exciting music today. Well, that one fits right into that lineage, bringing together two of the UK's most important dance producers.

I remember the first time I heard "I Believe," the brilliant opener to Kitsune Maison 3. It was a departure in some ways from the more raging, main room jawns that many of us knew them from, i.e. "Hustler." It was as if the boys were maturing, like they had found their lady and they were moving away from the club and trying to hang out and tell her how much they love her and they are so excited about the future. Dave Taylor, a.k.a. Switch, comes along as the single, fun guy, subtly trying to bring them back out for that Friday night of mayhem. He doesn't turn this one into a full-on banger, rather he hints throughout with full-on bass and synth madness. This is really nice, love the catcall whistles, the progression of the keys into the higher registers during those interludes, the nice use of the vocals. The Prins Thomas one is even better, a long, space-y disco track, one the best things I've head from the Norwegian. This remix hews much closer to the original, letting the vocals stand more, but it has a much more muscular, focused feel in spite of its 8+minute length.

Don't forget to pre-order a copy of SMD's new album Attack Decay Sustain Release. In this year of neoelectro, this will be another essential purchase.

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