Brooklyn breakout band Grizzly Bear recently decided to give their debut album, Horn of Plenty (Kanine), the remix treatment. It seems like everyone who's anyone got to mix up one of their songs: from the Postal Service's Dntel, to Final Fantasy (the string player for Arcade Fire), to the freak folk wunderkind Ariel Pink to avant-country wackos Castanets. In honor of this rockin' remix, we thought we'd ask the Grizzly Bear boys (Ed Droste, Chris Bear, Chris Taylor and Dan Rossen) to create an ultimate remix playlist. -- Jen Carlson
For the most part, remixes are fairly disposable. And rarely do you ever find an entire remix CD of classics. That's why you've got to cut and paste like the artists and make your own remix mix tape. Here are 10 of our all-time favorites; some real top notch tunes to track down immediately.
M83, "RUN INTO FLOWERS"
Jackson and his Computer Band remix
God, we think we've played this song 100 times. After having first discovered it on the Colette compilation, we were inspired to hunt down all things Jackson. Much to our relief, his songs are as great as this remix -- all choppy, syncopated and lush.
GWEN STEFANI, "WHAT YOU WAITING FOR"
Jacques Lu Cont remix
Stuart Price, aka Jacques Lu Cont, can do no wrong. We love Les Rythmes Digitales, we love Zoot Woman and we love what we've heard of Madonna's new album. This remix took a sometimes irritating single and turned it into the best eight-minute synth dance-out ever!
JORDAN KNIGHT "GIVE IT TO YOU"
Jitset's Screwpy remix
We actually never heard the original of this song until we started writing this, but we think we like Bobbi's version best. It's way creepier and accentuates the bad MIDI sounds.
R. KELLEY, "SEX IN THE KITCHEN"
OG Ron C remix
OG Ron C is one of the all-stars of screwed and chopped R&B jams. This one
really makes you realize just how ridiculous "Cutting up tomatoes, fruits and
vegetables and potatoes" is. Also check out his version of Christina
SHAKEDOWN, "AT NIGHT"
Alan Braxe remix
Man, Alan Braxe's Uppercuts CD is good. This remix, which is off the album, made us fall in love with house all over again. Let's all move to France.
KHIA, "MY NECK, MY BACK"
Screwed and Chopped remix
Once again, we've been pretty into this slowed-down Houston stuff and this track was one of the first we ever heard. This song was durty to begin with and the remix turns Khia into a terrifying drag queen.
CHICKEN LIPS, "MY GIGOLO"
Maurice Fulton remix
Again, we've never heard the original, but this remix is super funky with Maurice's classic, reverbed-out breakdown and some really crazy-fast synth lines. Oh, and while we're on the subject of Maurice Fulton and our recent obsession with slowed-down jams... try playing Mu's "Paris Hilton" single at 33... buugaaawk!!
MICHAEL JACKSON, "ROCK WITH YOU"
Masters At Work remix
This remix updates MJ's disco classic with a full on Chicago house-style arrangement with a sweet new synth bass line, piano stabs, and a hot breakdown. A Jacker's delight!
LOOSE JOINTS, "IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE"
Larry Levan remix
Two of our favorite people working together here. We're not totally sure if there is a version that is not the Larry Levan mix and to what extent exactly Loose Joints' Arthur Russell was involved with this, but the track is a classic.
DNTEL "(THIS IS) THE DREAM OF EVAN AND CHAN"
Safety Scissors Spilled My Drink Mix
It was actually this song that inspired us to get both Dntel and the Safety Scissors to remix our work -- solid gold efforts on both of their parts. A gorgeous song in its original form actually augmented by the fantastic, chopped-up skills of Mr. Scissors -- and a great way to end our mix.
The Horn of Plenty remix album is out on November 8th.