The Knife - Marble House
How to raise interest in the fourth single from an album? Why not draft in a host of cutting edge names to give it the remix treatment? That certainly seems to be The Knife's plan with Marble House, enlisting talent as diverse as German techno kings Booka Shade and David Sitek of "alternative" band TV on the Radio to give the track a facelift.
Perhaps the main problem here is with the raw materials. Marble House, although pleasantly mournful, isn't quite one of the duo's best. So Rex the Dog's take can't match his wonderful remix of Heartbeats, despite a similar plastic pop treatment. Additionally, most of the draftees haven't done much bar set the vocals against a new backing, ranging from electronic (Emperor Machine, the aforementioned Rex The Dog) to harps and choirs (Planningtorock) to something more dense and fuzzy (David Sitek). Only Booka Shade dismantle the original for what is easily the best mix here. Fans of their dark techno (here with a dose of art) won't be disappointed.
This is a decent package, although one that falls short of being as interesting as it could (and should) have been.