Wednesday, February 23, 2005

DJ Shadow vs. Keane

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I was at the record store yesterday and stumbled across this odd little 10" single - Keane as remixed by DJ Shadow. I have Keane's Hopes And Fears record, and enjoy it's blend of moody melodrama and oddly configured instrumentation - a trio of singer, pianist and drummer. It's slightly derivative melodic rock - think Coldplay with a touch of U2, so the fact Shadow was the remixer intrigued me. In it's original form We Might As Well Be Strangers is a big, swoony epic ballad. Shadow totally converts it into a very pretty, glitchy electro pop song that reminds me musically of something The Postal Service might do - but with more piano. Another fine example of a remixer making a song into something new, and IMO, a lot more exciting than the original. A very pleasant surprise.

5 comments:

Jockohomo said...

Woo Hoo...seriously interesting, this is what remixes are all about, morphing and presenting another an alternative take on the structure of the song. This is a great team, and Dj Shadow delivers, thanks for posting!

guanoboy said...

very nice, thanks...

dj shadow is quick, isn't he? this is a slightly different sound than his usual stuff, and it works well...he's so good and taking a song to the next level.

loki said...

love the remix. the beat added by dj shadow kicks total ass and the remix obliterates the original, imo. thanks for sharing this! shout outs from philly.

djmaru said...
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djmaru said...

i picked this up yesterday and the first thing that came to mind was postal service. very cool remix though. shadow ceases to amaze me with every product he puts out.