By Elizabeth Walker | November 13th, 2011
Remixes are life’s answer to the thought “oh shit, if only this track was longer I’d give up lattes for a week.” Unfortunately, longer is not always better (music, I speak of — music!), which would fall under the “be careful what you wish for” column. The best remixes/refixes/edits push boundaries and make a track into an entirely different animal, one of the most important purposes.
Norway’s Todd Terje does exactly that with indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club’s track “Lights Out” — ingenious elongation and interpretation morphs the track from a black lab puppy to a frolicking dolphin. The original is innocent and playful, while the remix takes on a summer/beach vibe. Elongating it into almost twelve minutes, there’s an incredible intro threaded with chillwave — yet it lacks the predictability of the rest of the genre — as well as a percussion heavy bridge long enough to grab another beer from the cooler. Good for a day at the beach? Duh.
For more on Todd Terje check out his Resident Advisor page here.