Step one:Â Gather a red leather jacket with matching glove, a batâ€™s head (must be bitten off), a polka-dot flying V, a Moog synthesizer, a 1970â€™s protest song, a 68 year old androgynous Brit with big teeth, and a panda bear wearing a red scarf (for vegetarians, substitute panda with stuffed panda plushy).
Step two: Place them in a blender and push PUREE.
Step three: Pour contents into a milkshake glass (if there is extra put it in a large metal cup) and give it to Dave Einmo of Seattleâ€™s Head Like a Kite (or HLAK if you are in the know). Now waitâ€¦
Ok, so you donâ€™t really need everything listed above but Dave Einmo equipped with a Moog would be a good start. And of course it goes without saying that I am not a proponent of reducing the numbers of a dwindling species just for a good remix album, but I am at a loss of how to start this review without diluting its integrity with praise. But the truth is I have nothing bad to say about Remixing The Classics (RtC) by Head Like a Kite.
First off, a very cool (not the coolest) fact about this E.P. is itâ€™s FREE! RtC is available only as a digital download from HLAKâ€™s website so upon your finishing of this review go download it. Click here â†’ http://www.headlikeakite.com/covers/
Typical of each new HLAK release, Remixes the Classics remains true to the character while adding a fresh spin on their sound.Â The opening track, Ohio of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame, gets the party started with a glitchy synth line clean-cut enough to get any audiophileâ€™s head bobbing like a waddling pigeon. Track 2, The Rolling Stonesâ€™ Gimme Shelter is a perfectly balanced mash-up between elements from the original and Daveâ€™s signature disco beats and skillful Moog wielding. This track would make a great opener for a DJ set or a dance party mix-tape.
HLAK is well known for their incorporating guest singers to accompany Dave, or outright take over for him as front man; Asya from Smoosh, Zera Marvel, Tilson and Graig Markel are a few of the heavy hitters who add flavor not only to the studio albums but also live performances. But track 3 of RtC offers up a unique duet partner few, if any, HLAK fans could have ever anticipated; David Lee Roth! Another mash-up of the original tracks backed by Einmoâ€™s electronic spice (this time we get a vocoder); Van Halenâ€™s Ain’t Talkin Bout Love is the highest energy tune of the lot. However, what I found most enticing about the tune is it’s unexpected breakdown that brings a dark feel to the otherwise upbeat nature of the original.
The last track, a mash-up of Black Sabbathâ€™s Paranoid and Rockwellâ€™s (featuring Michael Jackson) Somebodyâ€™s Watchin Me. This is hands-down my favorite track on RtC. Here Einmo takes liberties with the cadence of the lyrics from Paranoid, creating his own melody over the backbeat of Somebodyâ€™s Watchin Me (which of course is enhanced ever so slightly with a few new synthy textures). Â The pinnacle of the song, and possibly the entire collection of remixes, is brought to the listener by the incorporation of 2 surprise samples from a couple of very popular classic rock songs; The names of which I will not say. GO FIND OUT YOURSELF!
If you enjoy pop-driven electronic indie rock then I cannot recommend Remixing The Classics highly enough. If you are a HLAK fan then there is no question: you will love it. Â If this is the first you have heard of HLAK then do yourself a favor and go download this (itâ€™s free after all) and check out their previous 3 studio albums as well as Einmo and Asya Smooshâ€™s collaboration Daydream Vacation.
Thanks for reading, and thank you for supporting your northwest artists.