2. Harper Lewis
The epic “Navigate, Navigate” highlights the artistic ambition and raw talent of the young band whose rich and disparate influences range from the sound of early 80’s industrial music to numerology, from This Heat to Dubsteb, and from J. Dilla to the films of David Lynch. The track begins with an unassuming sound collage of ambient electronics and feedback drones, which quickly fade out to make way for an urgent drum beat accompanied by brash guitar stabs and Jack’s dislocated vocal musings. Over the course of 15 minutes the track is an ever-mutating blur of layered vocal chants, taut rhythms and subtle details. A track of such stature had to be given an entire side on this, the band’s debut North American 12” release.
On the flip side is a club ready remix by Tim Goldsworthy under The Loving Hand moniker. Tim Goldworthy is part of the heralded DFA production team who have worked with and remixed artists such as The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and more.
Kitsune & Daniel from Cazals sent me the stems about 2 weeks ago, after that, i started this important remix, trying to make something of original, different and alternative. I used the vocals and guitar impulses mounted on a sampler, totally recomposed and added over a distorted synth, it took me about a week just for the impulse extraction and for the whole set-up of that synth sound. The Drum & Bass section is pretty special too, it rounds 360° in the small feedback (Took the idea from the Boys Noize Remix of Snoop Dogg), it sounds amazing on a huge soundsystem.
“My dream is that when people hear the music it will remind them of their youth,” explains Summer, “their childhood and the joy and wonderment they felt exploring their first pack of crayons.”
A number of collaborators have been roped in for what will be presumably be production duties on the album, including Danielle Brisebois, (The New Radicals), Greg Kurstin, (Lily Allen, Mutya, Peaches), JR Rotem, (The Game, Snoop Dogg) Lester Mendez, (Shakira, Nelly Furtado) and another called Evan Bogart who DiS has never heard of, but sure is impressed with his name.
The album will come out through Sony BMG imprint Burgundy Records on May 20th, and is the first new material since Mistaken Identity was released in 1991.
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