Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Sing (Floating Points Remix) // Four Tet // (domino)

Four Tet's previous single had an excellent remix as the B-side (by Joy Orbison, no less) , and his latest release, Sing, is no different. Floating Points completely dismantles the song, extracting the ambience of Kieran Hebdens work and using it to bookend a frantic thumping that makes up the body long (nearly 14 minutes-long!) remix. Being Floating Points, of course, the isn't as simple as that. The main riff expands from a beat to a short, sharp synth, and glides about samples from the original song, interspaced with distant wistling noises. A very calming, ethereal atmosphere is evoked because of all this, which is a far cry from the rest of his back-catelogue. For only one moment in the duration of the song that it sounds anything like Floating Points is at the 10 minute mark, but the vast majority of the time it sounds like someone comletely different, which is particularly impressive as he has already spanned so many sounds in his previous work. The remix is subtle in its elegance, so the 14 minutes passes in a breeze.

On a side note, I really don't like Four Tet's music. On paper it has all the elements I like, but something about the way he constructs melodies around his rythms really annoys me, yet I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is. Strange, since the remix's of his songs are nothing but gold.

Sing(le) released 15 March.

Sing (Floating Points Remix) (10 minutes edit) // Four Tet :

Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) // Four Tet:

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