Remix City: Tame Impala + Canyons / Todd Rundgren Remix “Elephant”, Asaf Avidan + Wankelmut Turn Folk Into Dance

Remix City sifts through mountains of remix trash so you don’t have to, in an attempt to find those that contribute something original to their originals. Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala get some love from labelmate Canyons, and German producer Wankelmut creates the weirdest dance track out of a folk song by Asaf Avidan & The Mojos.

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Tame Impala

In the same way that Thee Oh Sees can work their mastery of garage rock over the unassuming masses and make it look ridiculously simple, Tame Impala can twork it out ’60s-style in the indie rock arena, like laid-back experts drowsily saying, “We’ve got this, dudes.” Canyons‘ Wooly Mammoth remix-interpretation of Tame Impala’s “Elephant” pays homage to the modern beast’s ancient ancestor and taps along like tesselated rows of the hairy beasts, propelling a rhythm forward with their marching bodies. Todd Rungren‘s remix spaces things out a bit by weaving sound experiments into important points of the track. See and hear more about Tame Impala’s upcoming release, Lonerism, on Modular Recordings. The music video for the original can be seen after the jump.

Tame Impala – “Elephant” (Canyons’ Wooly Mammoth Remix)

Tame Impala – “Elephant” (Todd Rundgren Remix)

 

Tame Impala (cont’d)

 

Asaf Avidan + Wankelmut

Androgynously-voiced Asaf Avidan probably wouldn’t have guessed when he released his passionate folk song “One Day/Reckoning Song” that it would turn into a country-twangy house track. Jacob Dilßner aka Wankelmut‘s remix of the track is no doubt bizarre, but certainly brings something different to the European dance scene, and has evidently been topping charts throughout Western Europe, iTunes, and Beatport. Go figure.

The video for the remix itself is divided into three parts — one with lyrics, one that follows the subjects on one particular day, and another that follows them on the next day. The videos with the two consecutive days are shown below, side-by-side, and let’s just take a note that the first has 22,000,000+ views and the second has only 37,000+ after a single day. Is it necessary? Probably not. But it’s an interesting ploy nonetheless. You can see the lyrical video HERE (it’s kinda pointless unless you like lyric videos for some weird reason).

Asaf Avidan & The Mojos – “One Day/Reckoning Song” (Wankelmut Remix) Part 1 and Part 2 Music Videos

Asaf Avidan & The Mojos – “One Day/Reckoning Song” (Original, Live A Capella)

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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