Low, owL remix Low [Vernon Yard / Caroline]
Back in the day, the definition of the word 'remix' might have been
"A second version of a hit song that replaces the previous rhythm
track with something more dancable." These days, the concept of the
remix has mutated; remixers simply write a new song and incorporate
elements of the track they're remixing. So don't pop this disc on
expecting the reverb- drenched, ambient pop you're used to from these
three. Rather, think of owL remix Low as a tribute to Low from
some of electronica's most happenin' acts.
Porter Rick opens the disc with his take on "Down," a mellow journey
through a cushion of soft noise. The heartbeat- like rhythm kicks,
later followed by bass, then keyboard, then vocals. And Jimmy Somerville
and Sally Herbert get their borderline industrial dance groove on with
their remix of "Words." Ninja Tune's Neotropic spins two versions of
"Anon" (the shuffling "Spore" mix and orchestrated retro "Pollen" mix)
as well as an atmospheric, Cranes- like rendition of "Do You Know How
To Waltz." Tranquility Bass walks away with the trophy, though, for
their delightfully wacky "'91 Party Dance Mix" of "Over The Ocean."
Ultimately, whether you're going to be able to get into owL remix Low
depends on whether you think you can stomach their eerie, candlelit melodies
fused with electronic grooves. But either way, I recommend checking it out
just because... well, under what other circumstances would you expect to be
able to dance to Low?