Remix reinterpretations of an artist’s catalogue can be a mixed bag. Usually, the mixes are thrown together, the motive being the record label looking to cash in on former glory as was infamously the case of Talk Talk, who sued when their songs were recycled without their consent. Sometimes, however, the result is special, as in Casino Classics, which breathed new life in the pop brilliance of Saint Etienne. It’s now Depeche Mode‘s turn who are about to release reMixes 2: 81-11. The roster of contributing remixers is impressive: M83, Eric Prydz, Jacques Lu Cont, Digitalism and UNKLE. Here is the remix by one of my favorite artists, Røyksopp, and their take on their 1981 track, Puppets, from Speak & Spell.
Diamond Rings is Canadian singer John O’Regan from Toronto. It’s Not My Party is off his debut album that was released last year. The album has got a lot of buzz and may be worth pursuing if you like this track. I am not sure if the video is a morality tale of what can happen if you go out alone and mix alcohol and dolls, or if it captures the essence of self discovery within the confides of isolation and alienation. But whatever you take from it, it is a beautifully shot although I am not sure why he is singing with a bruised eye when in the video he is hit and is bloodied in the mouth. The video reminds of another video, The Knife‘s, Pass This On, which also features the theme of crossdressing, but instead of a bar, takes place in what appears to be an inhouse rehab center. It may very well be where Diamond Rings will be heading after his night of debauchery. The Knife need no introduction and are truly innovators in electronic music. In addition to The Knife, lead singer Karin Dreijer Andersson has also provided sublime vocal work for Röyksopp and whose side project Fever Ray released one of the most buzzed about albums of last year. So who wins? Ultimately, in this bout the winning blow comes from The Kife because whereas in the Diamond Rings video, crossdressing leads to a bashing, in The Knife’s version, it encourages acceptance and understanding. I guess I am an optimist here, because I think that is ultimately the better message.