Something of an anomaly, this: New York's Panthers aren't known, at all, for fitting with commercial trends - their forthcoming Things Are Strange is harDCore with an Icarus Line intensity via Dead Meadow's dronescapes - yet 'Thanks For The Simulacra' is the greatest punk-funk single to hit shelves this year.
Deplore that pigeonholing with all you have if you must, but this _is_ some truly punky funk, albeit courtesy of Jesse Keeler's MSTRKRFT remix. The man best know as fifty per cent of Canadian full-throttle rockers Death From Above 1979 has twisted Panthers' original into a Rapture-plays-Daft Punk, slap-bass-happy dancefloor anthem, all coo-along vocal harmonies and incessant party beats. If DFA1979 expanded their minimalist ranks, a song like this could conceivably be the result.
The original, for the curious, is a little meatier: guitars are manhandled 'til they cry feedback-soaked mercy and vocalist Jayson Green spits 'n' hollers rhetoricals with absolute menace. However good it is, though, it's no potential anthem in the making. Turn on the remix, turn it up and get the fu(n/c)k down.
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