Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau – Changes

Your search for “alexandra stan house remix” returned about 330,000 results…


Alfred Soto: A European hit, which proves deejays can sprinkle house keyboards, samples, and horns like catnip on any keyboard preset.

Anthony Easton: If this was any more cloying, glurgey, or sentimental, it could have been written by Marty Haugen. 

Will Adams: I hate how this type of dimestore deep house is becoming so popular — not because it means a more mainstream crowd is listening to it, but it does a great disservice to its predecessors, when basslines grooved instead of yawned, when vocal samples inspired instead of annoyed, and when horns were integrated into the mix instead of grafted on top.

Katherine St Asaph: You make me dance. Bring me up. Bring me down. Play it sweet. Make me move, like a freak. Mr. House Saxobeat.

Patrick St. Michel: Nothing wrong with the silver medal in the saxophone-guided-dance-track category. Going to be tough to top the one on top of the podium.

Scott Mildenhall: An SEO disaster, but a musical wonder. The original’s phonemes wisely excised, but the rest C-ed and V-ed wholesale into a new, completely contemporary context. If to some the names are a Scrabble rack, the song is a completed board: disparate parts brought to order. Any potential disconnect — even between the nature of the choir and the words they sing — is too joyous and relaxing to notice.

Brad Shoup: Pnau once had the sense to remix “Grey Seal,” if not the ability to fully execute. There’s not much of a ingenuity bar to clear here: hush the percussion, toss in an itchy Balearic sax, tap the piano. But my goodness, let’s not bring in the kids unless we let them sing like kids, maybe? A cheap graft, even cheaper than the sax.

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