Au Revoir Simone – Night Light review
Already no strangers to awesome remixes, after Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Foster found her backing vocals for Friendly Fires’ “Paris” pushed into centre stage by the magnificent Aeroplane, Moshi Moshi go one better and let the latest ARS album get an overhaul by some of the smartest producers out there.
Neon Indian brings his trademark lo-fi VHS funk to “Another Likely Story”, recalling the terror-electro of Kavinsky. In contrast, both Jens Lekman and Jensen Sportag opt for more gentle treatments – Lensman adding sweeping Hollywood strings and a waltz beat to “Shadows” while Sportag’s ‘Cotton Club’ mix adds a jazzy, exotica feel to “All or Nothing”. Dirty Projector’s Angel Deradoorian also chooses beauty over dancefloor mayhem with a stunningly icy version of “Only You Can Make You Happy”, which pairs up nicely with Max Cooper’s echo-chamber-fest “Take Me A I Am”. Combining further chilled vibes with more than a touch of Yacht Rock, Your Twenties turn in a stunning mix of “Anywhere You Looked” featuring possibly the smoothest guitar solo imaginable – worthy of Chris Rea himself.
Anyone after a bit more poke in their pipe will find Bass Clef’s and Silver Columns’ mixes definite dancefloor favourites, while Aeroplane get in on the action yet again with the mighty “Another Likely Story”. Almost like a part two to their mix of “Paris”, it glistens with the same euphoric mid-tempo disco action that made “Paris” one of the remixes of the decade. Be sure to check Mark Brydon’s incredible Kate Bush-on-pills mix of “Shadows”, or the bass-heavy beats of “Knights of Wands” by Prespeus Homework, and the uptempo dubstep of Roar Terror’s “Organised Scenery”. There really isn’t a duff moment in the entire collection, just a lot of quality to slowly get acquainted with.
Review: Oliver Keens