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M.I.A. - "Paper Planes (DFA Remix)"

The biggest hurdle for me to enjoying a remix is forgetting how good the original is. "Paper Planes" is one of the most memorable songs of last year, so trying to forget it is kind of impossible. Which is why DFA is so right-on by getting rid of the gunshots. No gunshots? Yes! No gunshots! And it's still a successful song. It finds a marvelous beauty in M.I.A.'s singing, it places her squarely in the place of a funk diva, and look at her go! No one on the corner has swagger like this. And there's even a jaunty piano solo at the end, where DFA is channelling Huey Smith for a minute or so. It's a risky, brilliant vision of a song I previously considered untouchable. [site]

Thee Oh Sees - "Block of Ice"

1. The B-52's, on medieval beach blankets, stilettos in the sand.

2. Grace Slick lost in a punching-bag gauntlet, being chased by monster-cops.

3. Thee Oh Sees, surviving only on bridge mixture and broadband, emitting light from every point of impact. The pick on the strings, the sticks on the skins, the bones at all the joints.

[April 8th]

Posted by Dan at February 29, 2008 3:44 AM

Agreed. That's a fantastic remix. Such a good guitar sample.

Thanks alot.

Posted by Joe at February 29, 2008 8:21 AM

Nice remix. I don't even like MIA, but this is good.

Posted by ticia at February 29, 2008 9:17 AM

the link for 'block of ice' aint workin...

Posted by startfunkel at February 29, 2008 12:02 PM

fix block of ice PLEEZE

Posted by chr at February 29, 2008 12:26 PM

fixed! sorry

Posted by dan at February 29, 2008 12:58 PM

you should check out the intelligence's version of 'block of ice' from their latest ('deuteronomy')...
i think CAN is responsible for the least i think i heard that somewheres

Posted by startfunkel at February 29, 2008 1:35 PM

Damn. That MIA remix overloaded my neurons responsible for processing awesomeness.

Posted by vinny at February 29, 2008 5:34 PM

I think the MIA remix would've been better if Holy Fuck hadn't gone and topped it three times over before.

This one's definitely got the funk, though; you're right.

Posted by karpe at February 29, 2008 10:14 PM

Er.. um.. no.

There's some beautiful work between choruses, but there DFA simply give up. As dancefloor homage, this works. As song, less so. It does, however, underline just how great the original, cartoon-sound-effect gunshot-gunshot-gunshot-gunshot-ka-ching! chorus was.

Mel Blanc is jealous.

Posted by wcw at March 2, 2008 2:45 AM

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