November 17, 2006

Beatzcast #11



01: T. Raumschmiere - So Leis Wie Noch Nie
02: Mike Dunn - Face the Nation
03: Roxy Music - The Thrill of It All (M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade Re-Work)
04: Antena - Camino Del Sol (Joakim Remix)
05: Rex the Dog - Maximize
06: Simian Mobile Disco - Tits & Acid
07: James Figurine - Eleven Numbers (Superpitcher and Thomas RMX)
08: Ozgur Can - On a Whiter Day
09: Claude VonStroke - Beware of the Bird

November 17, 2006

Antena - Camino Del Sol (Remixes)


Antena were the greatest post-punk bossa nova band never to make it big outside of France. Their first single “The Boy from Ipanema” (co-produced by John Foxx and released on Factory Records’ Benelux outlet Les Disques Du Crépuscule) has been a sleeper hit ever since, prompting this, the second re-release of the original material in CD form, for your retro-diggin’ cool-kid delectation. Who better then to remix the originals than men of the moment Todd (not) disco Terje and the re-update / re-edit master Joakim (Kitsuné, Tigersushi, Versatile, Pokerflat)? Joakim’s mix does unto Antena as Radio Slave recently did unto the Kills, rendering the original pumped and beefed enough for this season’s dancefloors while still retaining something of the original atmosphere, albeit very much in the background. He also adds some nice, celestial chimes and shapes the motherload into a growly arrangement with far bigger’n’furrier balls than any of the original members could have conceivably had (or wanted). Terje’s mix keeps much closer to the original arrangement, retaining the vocal and the flow, but sending the whole kit (as is his wont) into deep disco spaceland. Compared to Joakim’s mix it all seems initially underwhelming, but repeat listening reveals… a repeat of first impressions, plus the vague presentiment that neither treatments of the record—Joakim’s “too much” and Terje’s “too little”—have the right amounts of the good stuff to satisfy. Go for the original.

Permanent Vacation / PERMVAC 003-01
[Peter Chambers]