DFA Remixes: Chapter Two

The DFA Remixes: Chapter Two

by The DFA
     
 
The DFA are one of the few production groups in electronic music that warrants a single compendium of their remix productions, let alone two volumes' worth of material. Whereas the first volume featured the duo not only capturing the ears of slack-jawed bloggers but also figuring out their comfort zone, the second disc highlights their most recent work in hopes of

Overview

The DFA are one of the few production groups in electronic music that warrants a single compendium of their remix productions, let alone two volumes' worth of material. Whereas the first volume featured the duo not only capturing the ears of slack-jawed bloggers but also figuring out their comfort zone, the second disc highlights their most recent work in hopes of bringing casual listeners up to speed. There are some noticeable differences between the two discs. First, the remixes are more expansive and symphonic, at times extending passages and compositions to almost 14 minutes in length. Second, the group experiments more with textures, atmospheres, and arrangements rather than making a cowbell-driven dancefloor-filler meeting a percussive workout. And while the tracks are longer and more realized, they're still distinctly remixes instantly recognizable as DFA output -- a mark of individual distinction many remixers strive to attain but few reach. There are many choice cuts to select from, but the crown jewel of Chapter Two is their remix of Nine Inch Nails' "Hand That Feeds," which sounds more like a collaboration than a remix. The DFA lift Trent Reznor's vocals like a skilled surgeon out of its original body and transplant it into a funky ten-minute synth-and-percussion opus that surprisingly complements Reznor's angsty screeching very well. To suggest this disc over its predecessor is difficult to do, as they both have their strong points. It's best to get them as a set and explore the treasure trove of quality music that is equal parts cerebral and danceable while never losing the feeling that this is as original and enjoyable as dance music can get in this decade.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0094637122822
catalogNumber:
71228

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DFA   Primary Artist
Dave Grohl   Track Performer
Trent Reznor   Track Performer
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Chris Elliott   Conductor
Charlie Jones   Bass
Eric Broucek   Percussion
Stephen Dewaele   Background Vocals
Meredith Danluck   Background Vocals
Matt Thornley   Percussion
David Dewaele   Piano

Technical Credits

Alan Moulder   Producer
Trent Reznor   Composer,Producer
Atticus Ross   Programming,Producer
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Engineer
Nick Batt   Programming
Alison Goldfrapp   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Antony Genn   Composer,Producer
James Lavelle   Composer
Will Gregory   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Instrumentation
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer,Instrumentation
Cameron Craig   Programming,Engineer
Richard Flack   Programming
Richard File   Composer
Hot Chip   Composer
Thomas Troelsen   Producer
Chromeo   Composer
Stephen Dewaele   Composer
David Dewaele   Composer

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