As with any major release nowadays, the number of remixes, both official and bootleg, can be overwhelming. So how does one decide which rework of a band as beloved as The XX is worth listening to? How about asking Jamie XX of the group itself, who debuted a remix of their current single, “Angels” done by Four Tet, whose recent remixes of indie luminaries such as Radiohead, Vampire Weekend and Battles (plus his own superb catalog of work) has made him one remixer you can certainly count on.
Hot Chip remixes are rarely as good as the originals, but we’ll give it to Four Tet serious props for turning the UK five-piece’s melancholy single, “Look At Where We Are,” into an epic extended workout. The first three minutes sound like “In The Air Tonight” re-imagined, before the kick drum comes in starts a tech-house groove that shifts shape freely for the remaining four minutes of sultry dance floor energy.
In preparation for next weekend’s Bloc Festival in the UK (July 6-7), showcase presenters Bleep.com have assembled a free 5-song EP featuring an impressive grip of artists who will be performing over the weekend—including Battles (remixed by Kode9), Four Tet and Martyn, as well as Cosmic TRG and Jon Hopkins. You can download the EP for free by “Liking” this Facebook Post.
This surprise release picks up right where Burial and Four Tet‘s last collaboration, “Moth/Wolf Club,” and their tune with Thom Yorke, “Ego/Mirrors,” left off. Shuffling drums and tasteful atmospherics by two producers who have been at the top of their game longer than Tiger Woods. The track will be released soon on Four Tet’s Text Records.
Thom Yorke has really embraced the art of DJing the past year or so, dropping inventive mixes online and in the flesh. This latest selection come via Mary Anne Hobbs‘ XFM radio show and features an unreleased bit of tuneage by Yorke entitled “The Twist,” as well as several Radiohead remixes and some goodies by Fela Kuti, Four Tet and Modeselektor. Stream it after the jump. …MORE