Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Remix corner: Gaga, Beyoncé and more...

There's not much in the way of exciting new music today, so here are a clutch of remixes that have been rocking my iPod in the last seven days:

1) Beyoncé - Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)
It's an obvious idea - cutting up two songs with the same name and stitching them back together - but it needs a skillful seamstress to make it work. On this occasion, the needlework is perfect. Captain Cuts teasingly undercuts Beyoncé's girl power anthem with a ridonkulous playground rhyme from the Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill album.

Best of all, you can obtain a free & legal download of the mix on Neon Gold's blog.

Beyoncé - Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)

2) Young The Giant - My Body (Two Door Cinema Club Remix)
Young The Giant's performance of this song was bizarrely excised from the MTV VMA show when it aired in the UK. In truth, it wasn't a terrible decision. Unlike, say, the decision to cut all of Adele's acceptance speeches...

For the uninitiated, Young The Giant are what's laughingly termed "indie rock" in America and My Body is a song they gave to MTV's Teen Wolf TV series. The original mix is stodgy, joyless gristle, so Two Door Cinema Club's joyful remix is something of a miracle.

My Body (Two Door Cinema Club Remix) by youngthegiant

3) Marina and the Diamonds - Radioactive (Starsmith remix)
Marina's comeback hasn't exactly met with rave reviews, but I've had the chorus stuck in my head for days now. It might be something to do with this glamorous house retwizzle which (whisper it) might just be better than the original.

Marina and the Diamonds - Radioactive (Starsmith remix)

4) Lady Gaga - You & I (Metronomy remix)
There's a real sense that the Born This Way album has finally found its feet with the release of You & I. The Haus Of Gaga finally managed not to balls up a video with shonky editing or clumsy imagery. The appearance of Gaga as "Jo Calderone" at the VMAs overshadowed every other artist, bar the gestating ones. And the remixes that have been trickling out have all been surprising, revealing and artistic. Here, Metronomy take a similar approach to Wild Beasts, pushing the song into a minor key and framing Gaga's vocals with an unsettling electronic soundscape. Properly good.

Lady Gaga - You & I (Metronomy remix)

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