Remix albums often turn out to be mediocre affairs, more an opportunity for the artist to make a quick buck than to say, scribble or sing something that hasn’t already been, well, said, scribbled or sung. Sadly still, remixes very rarely shine a new, and more importantly, favourable light on original compositions. They just remind us that the music business is just that; a business.
So, for starters, you’ll have to overlook the fact that LCD Soundystem got into bed with Nike. Or that, what usually is meant as an accompanying soundtrack for jogs around the park and workouts was, in this case, produced by someone not exactly known for his sporting prouesse. What is more, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy actually admitted to lying completly about composing this 45″33′-long mix with joggers in mind, saying that he merely wanted to make one long song. Simple.
To be honest, I quite liked the original 45″33′ production. Not in a conscious way though, but rather in a “now that you make me think about it” kind of way. It glides through, omnipresent yet discreet, melodious. Classic LCD, with Murphy once again proving his genial musical vision, pulling in everything from heavy techno drum sequences and the ubiquitous handclap to his now infamous background ramblings (“it was scuh a looong journey…it took hours….days…yeeaaars”) and random trumpet outbursts.
I have to say though, it never really made me want to jog, contrary to what A-Track or Simian Mobile Disco had done for the same Nike series (De La Soul, Aesop Rock and Cassius being some of the others artists and producers having also been given the priveledge of making the masses run).
Same goes for the remix. It packs nice tones and hits all the right chords. It isn’t as moving as the original though, despite remixes by Padded Cell (by far the mix’s standout track) and Theo Parrish amongst others. Its at times deflated and, you’ll have to excuse the pun, sometimes out of breath. Still is a good run though…
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Here’s the band playing the eponymous ‘Daft Punk is Playing at my House’ on the Late Show David Letterman