Was album opener 'Here To Fall' your favourite 'cut' from Yo La Tengo's most recent long player Popular Songs? If it was, you are in for a right proper treat. Potentially. The track will be remixed by such luminaries as RJD2, Pete Rock and masters of a remix or two themselves De La Soul, who have now collaborated with approximately 78% of artists and bands currently still active. Impressive stuff. This remix EP will be released in early June, sometime.
Without wishing to completely nick stuff from the press release, I feel it'll do a much better job of describing the reworkings contained on it than I ever could, having not actually heard any of them.
Maseo from De La Soul strips the song to its core only to add driving guitars and a heavy groove. RJD2's take is as cool and atmospheric as you'd expect. It is the EP's closer that truly takes the song to the next level - Pete Rock's remix is dusky, minimal, abstract and hypnotic - carving the song down to the discrete elements of the human relationship, then dropping a verse about Yo La Tengo themselves - in a word, awesome.
Awesome? We hope so. Here's what the cover art looks like:
Look not much further to reacquaint yourself with the original track:
Photo by Michael Lavine