couple of years as a notable player in the experimental electronic scene.
Now, just in time for the holidays, it's dropped Pop Massacre, a new
label comp featuring interpretations of wonderfully low- and middlebrow pop
from a high-minded stable of producers (including S.F.-resident Shlohmo's
remix of Soulja Boy's "Pretty Boy Swag" ). And the best part? It's free.
Thirteen tracks span this compilation, which, in addition to the
Shlomo/Soulja Boy combo, pits established artists such as Mariah Carey,
Beach Boys, Britney Spears, A-ha, Katy Perry, Keith Sweat, Lady Gaga, and
Prince up against their remixers, which include Strangeloop, The One AM
Radio, Mexicans With Guns, Daedelus, Asura, and DNTEL.
On "Pretty Boy Swag," Shlohmo takes the frosty, minimal production of the
original track and warms it up with some dusty vocal samples, clangy,
off-kilter drums, and a wave of ominous, drone-y synths that kick in midway
through. Daedelus also does a weird post-apocalyptic number on Prince's "I
Would Die 4 U," opening up with booming, metallic, IDM-inspired noises
before sneaking in a quiet, acoustic guitar to level it all out. You
probably wouldn't even realize it was a Prince track if the actual chorus
didn't kick in at the very end of the song.
But check it out for yourself. This will be the most warped interpretation of
pop music you'll hear all day.