Review : The Field - Looping State of Mind Remixe
PitchforkTwenty years ago, dozens of dance remix EPs were released each month, and it was no big deal. They were just tools, admittedly helpful ones, aimed at people who got paid to make people dance. A remix might occasionally be radical or righteous enough to become an all-time anthem, or such an obvious improvement on second-rate source material that it might even replace the original in ravers' esteem. Most remixes, however, were raw materials; even the most fleshed-out were still made to be "completed" by a creative DJ in the mix.
And they usually still are. Just listen the Junior Boys' remix of "Looping State of Mind" from this three-track collection of remixes from the Field's 2011 album of the same name. It is as sonically sumptuous as any of the band's own recent material. Their "Looping" mix would make a sparkling little segue in someone's retro electro-pop set, but on its own, it's a just-okay instrumental, or maybe a Junior Boys song in search of the actual song.
In 2012, not much has changed about remixes except context. Dozens of remix EPs are still released each month, most of them still no big deal. This Field EP doesn't entirely transcend the limited appeal of a DJ tool, nor is it necessarily trying to, even as it gestures toward the home-listening crowd. True, at least two of these tracks (Blondes' and Mohn's) will probably please those who like to sit in dark rooms and conjure spooky mental movies. And at least two of these tracks (Blondes' and Junior Boys') will probably please those who need groove, whether their interest is as a professional or as a fan. But no one's gonna shut this thing off and feel their mind's been blown, their expectations scrambled, or that they've just heard the possibilities of the remix EP wildly expanded....full text
Xlr8rIt's unlikely that there could be a more appropriate collection of artists assembled to remix The Field in 2012 than those featured on Looping State of Mind Remixe. Not only are there three distinct eras of electronic music represented by Junior Boys, Blondes, and Mohn, but the same number of varied regions and subgenres, as well. Whether the remixer selections came about coincidentally or deliberately, the lines drawn between all four of the names attached to this record create an exciting trajectory that outlines much of where ambient techno has been and where it continues to go, which is a lot more than can be said for most remix records.
Always reliable for a unique production, Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus bring in Junior Boys' tasteful brand of rigid synth-funk on their remix of the title track from Axel Willner's stellar 2011 LP. It's the only tune that actually does away with most of The Field's trademarked micro-samples and swishy ambiance, and creates a clear-headed and vibrant dancefloor groove over the course of seven and a half minutes instead. Of-the-moment Brooklyn duo Blondes, which shares more than just a penchant for ambling dance jams with The Field, narrows the scope of "It's Up There" to focus on a subdued analog pulse and the spectral swirl surrounding it. Though its contribution may be the least distinct remix on the record, Blondes makes a point of imbuing the original track's refined vibe with a touch of its beloved warehouse grit. Ambient-techno godfathers Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger close the tracklist with a slow, cacophonous take on Looping State of Mind standout "Then It's White." Under their recently christened Mohn guise, the veterans give Looping State of Mind Remixe its least dancefloor-appropriate and most cohesive production, as they drop booming kick drums over the original's core vocal samples and wrap the whole thing in starry arpeggiations. The meditative track doesn't exactly rival Willner's phenomenal song (neither do the other remixes, for that matter), but nonetheless holds its own as a waypoint in the gradually expanding ambient-techno landscape....full text
PrefixmagOn June 30, Kompakt Records will be releasing an EP featuring remixes of tracks from Looping State of Mind, last year's acclaimed album from the Alex Willner-led electronic project the Field. According to XLR8R, the remixes will be handled by Canadian duo, Brooklyn's Blondes, and Mohn, the latest project from German native and Warp Records vet Wolfgang Voigt. It's unclear how many tracks will be on the EP, but that's its artwork above and it will be titled Looping State of Mind Remixe....full text
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