Crystal Castles don’t even have a disc out, but remixes of their music are burning up the blogosphere. Check out these tracks.
Air War (Casanova Remix)
Mstrkft’s buddy from Miami, Lazaro Casanova, no doubt first heard Crystal Castles emitted from the laptops of Jesse Keeler and Al-P, who regularly play the South Beach nightclubs. Casanova tweaks Air War as a more straightforward, club-ready track, but he extends the mix too long – it runs empty a third of the way through.
Alice Practice (Futurecop! Remix)
Brits Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol are known mostly for their heavy synth-based odes to 80s movie soundtracks. However, they give Alice Practice a contemporary banger treatment, chopping up the already disturbing vocal part to sound even creepier, all while giving it a rough French house sound. A pretty decent upgrade.
Air War (CFCF Remix)
When Crystal Castles held a remix contest for Air War, Mike Silver (aka CFCF) impress the duo. The Montreal producer, known mostly for his D.A.N.C.E retouch, makes Air War less video-gamey and more Italian disco. He smooths the edges, lays on a thick vintage synth and makes it textured and danceable. Might be better than the original.
No Skin (ON-OFF Remix)
Local producer ON-OFF is a regular at Ourspace studio space in Kensington (famed location of the Daft Punk after-after party where DP actually showed up in human form). ON-OFF sampled No Skin while Crystal Castles were crashing there and made this icy Berlin-flavoured techno remix. Not bad, considering that the original sounds like Super Mario on a bad acid trip.
Halcyon (In Digital Form Remix)
New Jersey’s Jake Holliday is getting blog hype for his prolific remix output, in particular for this weird trance-like mashup of Orbital’s Halcyon with CC elements. He keeps the Orbital’s dreamy drug vibe and injects CC’s Atari 2600 sound bites into the intro, then uses them to furnish the melodic vocal part. An interesting idea, but CC’s sound is lost in the shuffle.
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