Animal Collective take on Phoenix: Remix mania!

Remix fever—typically a contagion afflicting the realm of Top 40 radio—has gripped indie music. French disco-pop outfit Phoenix’s 2009 album—the acclaimed (and modestly-titled) Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix—gets the remix treatment from some of the biggest names in underground music in a digital-only album due October 20 and includes reworked versions of album tracks by Animal Collective, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Chairlift, Devendra Banhart and Yacht.

Yeah, you heard right: Animal Collective. The band with one of the most-acclaimed indie releases of the year have taken on the biggest breakthrough band of 2009. Be sure to have a towel ready when you tell your hipster friend.

AC’s Deakin takes Phoenix’s “Love Like a Sunset” and adds some Air-esque looped vocal reverb and adds a bongo drum backbone to hold the whole thing down. The end result might be less sophisticated musically, but it certainly adds a hypnotic beauty not present in the Phoenix original.

Who else is infected with the urge to remix these days? The xx, the minimalistic pop buzz band we talked about a few weeks ago, recently remixed Florence and the Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love.” Check it out here. The result is electro-funk bliss, featuring Atari-style synths and trip-hoppy syncopated beats. It might even be better than the original.

Worth mentioning:
This revamp by the xx adds another level to the already complicated past of “You’ve Got the Love.” It was originally a Christian soul song by Candi Staton, only heard in a straight-to-video ’80s documentary. In 1991, British DJ The Source and Staton recast the song as a techno-soul mash-up. But Florence and the Machine brought the song back to its soul roots last year, only for the xx to pull “You’ve Got the Love” back into the dance dimension. Whew! This is a song that refuses to be forgotten.

What do you think of these remixes? What other indie bands would you like to hear remixed by their contemporaries?

More from EW’s Music Mix:
Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Elton John on their ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ collaboration
Fever Ray in concert: A pagan laser-fest at granny’s house

Sufjan Stevens’ “Enjoy Your Rabbit” Osso cover: A Music Mix exclusive
Paul McCartney to document Citi Field shows with Good Evening New York City

Comments (2 total) Add your comment
  • Brian Bozarth

    Love the xx, their debut album is great….

  • SheSings

    love phoenix, like (not love) AC….sadly, pretty “meh” about the result.

Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Latest Videos in Music

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP