British electronic ensemble Metronomy plays the Rickshaw Stop tonight. Back in its home country, Metronomy scored a coveted Mercury Music Prize nomination for its last album, The English Riviera, which dropped earlier this year. That project's second single, "The Look," also grew into something of an anthem for the summer (and, much more importantly, featured a video starring stop-motion seagulls).
Beyond Metronomy's own success though, founder member Joseph Mount has amassed a credible and extensive remix portfolio; he's re-worked songs by high profile acts like Franz Ferdinand, The Gorillaz, and The Klaxons. Here, then, is a svelte round-up of five of the best Metronomy remixes.
5. Franz Ferdinand, "Do You Want To (Metronomy Remix)"
Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand's original cut of "Do You Want To" is fueled by a scuzzy, scrappy charm which seems motivated by working on student indie rock dance-floors. Metronomy's vision for the track takes things in a more sophisticated direction, smoothing out the frayed edges without loss of attitude. It's a winning flip.
4. Lykki Li, "I'm Good I'm Gone (Metronomy Remix)"
Blount might not be one for thinking up quirky names for his remixes, but he's fine to throw a few sonic curve-balls into there -- here he manages to make some sort of recurring telephone ringtone sound not at all too annoying. Signature spacey synths balance out another sterling re-rub.
3. The Klaxons, "Atlantis To Interzone (Metronomy Remix)"
A glorious gutting of a remix job, the Metronomy flip of the Klaxons is hooked around deconstructing the furious mayhem of the original song. The infernal siren refrain still remains, but here it's accompanied by a stripped down babble of sounds that takes an already somewhat curious song in an all-new freaky direction.
2. Gorillaz, "El Manana (Metronomy Remix)"
On Daman Albarn's cartoon fantasy band's Demon Days project, "El Manana" came over like a slightly eerie, otherworldly lament. Under Blount's sonic knife, the track retains its poignant air, but is given more thrust by a pounding beat allied to shimmering synth lines. This is a remix that improves on the original.
1. Lady Gaga, "You And I (Metronomy Remix)"
In which Ms. Gaga's slow-rolling, radio-friendly warble is sucked up and then pitched for the stars, thanks to astutely layered, tremulous synths and a scant beat that creeps up and then disappears as the song unfurls. These are sophisticated pop remix shenanigans -- and a signifier that Bount seems able to successfully turn his hand to re-working songs from any genre.