Monday, September 15, 2008

Truth Derailed

I don't know about you, but when I download a remix I expect to hear something I can dance to. Admittedly, the nature of the remix seems most suitable for the dance floor: you take a song that you can't dance to, add a four-four electronic bass drum and then work your magic. Indeed, where else might you hear those often obscure remixes but through a DJ at a club. But then, it's not often that you'll hear a Four Tet remix at a club. Nowadays, however, that doesn't always have to be the case, especially if you're working with songs to which you can already dance. So why not remix a song without the intentions of making it danceworthy? Enter Trentemøller.

Ever since I heard Trentemøller's remix of Moby's "Go," I was intrigued. The beat seems just slightly too slow to dance to, like just barely misses the mark for appropriate BPMs. But that doesn't take away from the quality of the remix. I love the way he uses the percussion in the beginning, almost like a drum solo wandered into the wrong party. It definitely sets the tone and raises the intensity level to get the song kicked off.

Moby - Go (Trentemøller remix)

In the Dane's latest work he pays respect to his fellow countryman-and-woman, The Raveonettes. He uses a similar sounding drum line to get things started, seems to be his signature sound. But then when the somber guitars chime in, you can hardly tell it's a remix: definitely not suitable for the dance floor. I wonder then what it was meant for. Well, that's for you to decide.

The Raveonettes - Lust (Trentemøller remix)

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