Free Todd Terje edit, Emeralds' Mark McGuire goes disco
Next week, Smalltown Supersound unleashes the second single off Lindstrøm's third LP, Six Cups of Rebel, released back in February. The Norwegian producer has tossed out some curveballs before — this year, he and Prins Thomas reworked Roxy Music's "Avalon," and he gave Todd Rundgren free reign to poke and prog his own "Quiet Place to Live" — but the new EP is wild even by Lindstrøm's elliptical standards.
Oneohtrix Point Never turns the sparkling Pachinko-parlor disco of "Call Me Anytime" into a beatless spray of vowel tones that sounds not unlike that version of Justin Bieber's "U Smile" that was slowed 800%. It might not sound terribly unusual for OPN, but it's certainly not what you'd expect from a remix of Lindstrøm. The opposite holds true for a remix of the Norwegian producer's "De Javu" by Emeralds' Mark McGuire. It's actually pretty faithful to the original, preserving its blocky disco-funk groove and peeled-paint textures, but that's exactly what's so striking about it: Who ever expected McGuire to lay down wailing, multi-tracked guitar solos over a distorted disco beat? That's not just stepping outside your wheelhouse — it's blowing up the whole damn boat. The standout comes from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, who turn the new-wave disco of "Call Me Anytime" into a slow maelstrom of voices and radiophonic swirl, set to a springy house groove. They manage to evoke This Heat, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ricardo Villalobos, Michael Mayer, Chicago footwork, and Meredith Monk before the tune melts into a puddle of sound. The first DJ who plays it out in its entirety deserves some kind of prize.
Listeners looking for something a little more straightforward needn't feel left out: For that, there's Todd Terje's edit of Lindstrøm's "Rà-àkõ-st." It's not as immediate as Terje's own "Inspector Norse," one of the year's feel-good disco-house anthems, but it still shows off his knack for punchy, slow-building grooves while keeping Lindstrøm's more excessive melodic tendencies in check. There are key changes galore, but thanks to a javelin-like bass line, it never spins off its axis. The track is currently available for free download; get it now from the player below, and check download retailers for the single's accompanying track, "Eg-ged-osis (Todd Terje Extended Edit)."