This Christmas, in addition to surprise tracks from old schoolers LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead, modern music titans Shlohmo and Kelela each released individual remix EPs for their respective 2015 projects, Dark Red and Hallucinogen. On his four-track revisitation of his third full-length album, Shlohmo invites tourmate Jim-E Stack and Canadian house savant Jacques Greene to dismantle and transfigure into more textured, dance-ready tunes. Baauer makes a brief, three-minute appearance during his simple but utterly bombastic remix of “Ten Days of Falling,” while Chet Faker takes a much more subtle route dilapidated vocal dub of “Remains.” It’s a good time.
But let’s be frank: Positioned against Kelela’s Hallucinogen Remixes EP, which closely rivals its source material, Shlohmo’s attempt feels lackluster. Curated personally by Kelela, the seven-track release puts an eccentric, sometimes wildly aggressive spin on some of the most well-produced R&B and electronic songs of the year. Arca‘s production of “A Message” gets an adrenaline-fueled jump start from Teklife’s DJ Spinn. The project’s lead single “Rewind” gets reworked by MC Bin Laden and RATKING‘s producer extraordinaire Sporting Life. Hallucinogen‘s excellent closing number “The High” gets two remixes, one from Mike Q & Divoli S’vere and another from DJ Spinn and Heavee, each noteworthy in their own right. It’s the EP’s stunning centerpiece, though, that leaves a fierce lasting impression–a dystopian trap banger courtesy of Kahn featuring a startling effective guest verse from rising UK experimental rapper GAIKA.
Stream Dark Red Remixes via SoundCloud and Hallucinogen Remixes via Spotify below.