With violent simplicity, a four-day holiday teases with the trappings of summer. Relinquish reason, and fall for this meteorological trick.
Time away from work affords us an almost yogic opportunity to restore balance, as reflected in the patient build-up to apotheosis in the DFA remix of Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom’s “Rise“. Fragments of joy float atop a Balearic rhythm in Percussions’ “KHLHI“, which swirls in and out of a lost Motown classic that’s filtered through a Floating Points DJ set. There’s a more brutal scrape, of juddering strings against a Travis Bean, on Shellac’s “Ghosts“, but it’s rooted in a darkly comic bassline that points in the direction of a Sun.
“Shadrach“, by The Beastie Boys, is the sound of fratboys’ gassing morphing into something historical, philosophical, beatific; Real Estate’s “Crime” finishes the affair with an end-of-the-summer return to hearth and home — a reminder that the pleasures of Easter are only fleeting.
- Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, “Rise (DFA Remix)”;
- Wilco, “I’m The Man Who Loves You”;
- Percussions, “KHLHI”;
- Shellac, “Ghosts”;
- Spoon, “Me And The Bean”;
- Beck, “Diskobox”;
- The Beastie Boys, “Shadrach”;
- Le Tigre, “Deceptacon (DFA Remix)”; and,
- Real Estate, “Crime”.