Battles | ‘Dross Glop 1’
Today, Battles announced the first installment of their four-part 12” remix series Dross Glop, due out on February 6. Featuring stellar remixes from Gui Boratto and The Field, Dross Glop 1 sets the bar high, and given that no announcements have yet been made regarding who might yet be on the roster for the remaining three releases, it’s pretty fair to expect some surprises. You can preview both tracks below, and find out more about the series itself here. In the meantime, the folks with Bleep are already doing preorders, and you can even subscribe to the entire series there.
Lee Perry Remixes “Mindkilla” by Gang Gang Dance
Gang Gang Dance's most recent release on 4AD is by far their most cohesive and accessible record, which is saying quite a lot for the art-rock outfit. Their long transition has most certainly been an exciting one to witness, as at their very best, their compositions are compelling in their beauty, and when their trajectory is uncertain, it’s as if trial and error is the very glue that holds them together. Of course, if weird is the ultimate goal, the recent remix of “Mindkilla” by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is right on the money. The Upsetter pretty much nails it with the fury only he possesses, and to fun effect. Just make sure to check your brain at the door. Download the track here.
SBTRKT | “Wildfire (Objekt Remix)”
We’ve made it no secret—our love for SBTRKT runs pretty deep—so to find that his stunning collaboration with Little Dragon, “Wildfire”, is already drawing out some equally strong remixes is more than just a little bit of icing on the cake. Check out the below remix from elusive artist/ label Objekt, which is soon to be released on Young Turks. It sails right out of the park.
Edit: Looks like this one is down. We’re leaving the link up for now—but it’s looking like we’re all going to have to wait until this one hits the stores.
Cut Copy | “Need You Now (Carl Craig Remix)”
You know those collaborations that evoke fond memories of the Dream Team (ed—if you’re old enough to remember the 80’s, that is)? Well, this one pretty much steals it right off. Carl Craig lays his hands on “Need You Now”, the first single from Cut Copy's latest album, Zonoscope, and the result is an elemental banger. You can stream the track below, or pick it up at Beatport.
Fuck it. I’m just gonna say at least I knew I was going to eat my hat on this one. I even talked a wee bit of jive for a second there, ‘cause the original album is perfect as it is. However, I love being proven completely wrong by music this beautiful.
Carl Craig | “The Climax Bootleg”
Carl Craig takes a swing at bootleggers, posting this “re edit of a portion of a mashup from Unknown Artist Underground Solutions”, complete with free download in WAV format, in response to discovering this version of his track is being sold via a Japanese record store (that usually purchases its vinyl directly from Planet E). Apparently it’s still uncertain whose track makes up the latter portion of the mashup, but this edited version omits that half entirely to avoid potentially stepping on any toes. Not a bad way to send a message to people who steal others’ music for profit.