the stars can only get brighter

So, the most infectious new tune of 2008 has already graced us with its presence: Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" and its fantastic Frankie Knuckles remix are all over the internet, and for good reason. So why post about it here, you might ask? Well, because none of the other blogs did anything but a cursory mention of the track before posting it. It deserves more than that!

While the original is a great piece of dance music, the Frankie Knuckles remix sort of knocks it on its ass. He pumps up the bpm count, adds lush Chicago house synths and piano chords, samples horn bits from the original in a masterful way, puts in some pan-pipey samples, and avoids the somewhat grating electric guitar bits that mark the original. In addition, the minimal bass presence of the original is discarded in lieu of a grooving, flowing bass-line, the kind for which Knuckles is justly admired. Finally, much talk has been spilled over the resurgence of vocal house and techno, and this remix is perhaps one of the best new examples of this trend-- Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons fame) has the perfect set of pipes to bring raw emotion to a dance track, and he delivers in an incredibly powerful manner. Courtesy of those DFA boys, who've really been pumping out the jams recently.

Hercules & Love Affair- Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)

Next up? A mix I've been working on, featuring some old favorites and some new ones, too.


E-Heavy said...

hmmmm. seems like 2008 is the year that house is back. and there's no where this is more clear then the legendary mr. knuckles lending his talents to the dfa camp. totally unexpected. totally awesome.

like the blog btw. we linked you at soulclap.us. would be awesome if you did the same.

keep it up!

trees said...

hey thanks, e. you're definitely now in the blogroll! loved your site since i first noticed it a short while back.