Intimacy Remixed

Intimacy Remixed

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by Bloc Party
     
 

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After leaving 2007's A Weekend in the City firmly intact, angular rock quartet Bloc Party revisit the concept of the remix album, enlisting another set of highly acclaimed musicians, DJs, and producers to work their dancefloor magic on the group's third LP, 2009's Intimacy. While Bloc Party have always been indie-disco

Overview

After leaving 2007's A Weekend in the City firmly intact, angular rock quartet Bloc Party revisit the concept of the remix album, enlisting another set of highly acclaimed musicians, DJs, and producers to work their dancefloor magic on the group's third LP, 2009's Intimacy. While Bloc Party have always been indie-disco favorites, the original Paul Epworth/Jacknife Lee-produced breakup album pushed them even further into electro territory, particularly on the likes of the twinkling Hot Chip-esque "Signs" and the haunting choral drum'n'bass of "Zephyrus." Intimacy Remixed therefore isn't quite as radical as the similar treatment afforded to 2005 debut Silent Alarm, but for those slightly deterred by the chaotic nature of the likes of the discordant brass-fused robotics of "Mercury," these 13 remixes provide a slightly more accessible spin on the original's envelope-pushing sound. U.S. electronic duo Villains strip away the Chemical Brothers-style breakbeats and thrashing guitars of war anthem "Ares" in favor of chunky dirty synth riffs and electro-house rhythms to produce a similarly turbocharged but less aggressive floor-filler; the We Have Band Dub remix of "Halo" turns the angsty art rock original into a pulsating slice of ambient electronica, full of video game synths, throbbing basslines, and snatches of Okereke's tortured vocals, while John B. eschews the former prog-punk leanings of the frenetic "Trojan Horse," instead serving up an atmospheric blend of euphoric Chicane-inspired dream-trance, dub reggae, and skittering drum'n'bass. Elsewhere, Intimacy producer Epworth, under the guise of Phones R.I.P., samples Carl Hall's "You Don't Know Nothing About Love" on his old-skool Italo-house reworking of "Talons"; Scottish post-rockers Mogwai, the only act included who also contributed to Silent Alarm Remixed, produce a subtle and surprisingly faithful instrumental retooling of "Biko"; and Armand Van Helden and Filthy Dukes both provide Ibiza-friendly warped bass interpretations of "Signs" and "One Month Off," respectively. The album's free-form experimental nature doesn't always quite work so convincingly, particularly on noise pop duo No Age's avant-garde feedback-drenched arrangement of "Better Than Heaven," which feels hopelessly out of place among the more club-friendly material, and Banjo or Freakout's eerily hymnal production of "Ion Square," which bears little if any resemblance at all to the original album's uplifting finale. But while some of its remixes will amount to sacrilege for Bloc Party's fervently dedicated fan base, Intimacy Remixed is a brave and inspired companion that avoids the generic four-to-the-floor treatment of similar releases, and successfully continues the band's fascination with blurring the boundaries between dance and indie music.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4582214504131
catalogNumber:
862099

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bloc Party   Primary Artist
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Christopher Dean   Trombone
Dan Jenkins   Trombone
Paul Archibald   Trumpet
Guy Barker   Trumpet,Soloist
John Catherall   Tenor (Vocal)
Sid Gauld   Trumpet
Peter Jennings   Bass (Vocal)
Colin Sheen   Trombone
Tom Smith   Bass (Vocal)
Chris Wright   Bass (Vocal)
Henry Ross   Bass (Vocal)
Stephen Hall   Bass (Vocal)
Tom L. Smith   Bass (Vocal)
Roger Harvey   Trombone
Jacknife Lee   Keyboards
Malcolm Aldridge   Bass (Vocal)
Gordon Banner   Tenor (Vocal)
Alison Benbow   Alto (Vocal)
Chris Brasted   Bass (Vocal)
Sara Coffey   Soprano (Vocal)
Alex Cope   Soprano (Vocal)
Gretchen Cummings   Alto (Vocal)
Exmoor Singers Of London   Choir, Chorus
Claire Fletcher   Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Furse   Tenor (Vocal)
Victor Gan   Tenor (Vocal)
Philippa Gardner   Alto (Vocal)
Dave Garioch   Tenor (Vocal)
Desola Haastrup   Alto (Vocal)
Claire Hetherington   Alto (Vocal)
Peter Kenny   Tenor (Vocal)
Sharon Kniss   Soprano (Vocal)
Hayley Kruger   Soprano (Vocal)
Angharad Lloyd   Alto (Vocal)
Sarah Meunier   Soprano (Vocal)
Tim Meunier   Bass (Vocal)
Charlotte Nicklin   Soprano (Vocal)
Mark Rivers Moore   Bass (Vocal)
Frances Rowberry   Alto (Vocal)
Julia Saperia   Alto (Vocal)
Roz Sherris   Soprano (Vocal)
Ingalo Thomson   Soprano (Vocal)
Rebecca Wallis   Soprano (Vocal)
Rhian Walther   Soprano (Vocal)
Bettina Weichert   Alto (Vocal)
Jenny Marsen   Alto (Vocal)

Technical Credits

James Jarvis   Music Direction
John B.   Remixing,Additional Production
Mark Rankin   Producer,Engineer
Armand Van Helden   Remixing,Additional Production
Sam Bell   Programming,Engineer
Rob Crane   Art Direction
Mogwai   Remixing,Additional Production
Philip Rose   Engineer
Paul Epworth   Producer,Remixing
Villains   Remixing,Additional Production
Tony Perrin   Management
Avshalom Caspi   Brass Arrangment
Bloc Party   Composer
Jacknife Lee   Programming,Producer
No Age   Remixing,Additional Production
Simon James White   Management
Hervé   Remixing,Additional Production
We Have Band   Remixing,Additional Production
Perry Curties   Original Photography
Filthy Dukes   Remixing,Additional Production
Gold Panda   Remixing,Additional Production
Phaseone   Remixing,Additional Production
Optothetic   Remixing,Additional Production
Banjo or Freakout   Remixing,Additional Production
Phil Rose   Engineer
Simon White   Management

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