Today’s Listening: Lunar Twin / Champagne (Remixes EP)

I have just discovered one of my new favorite songs, and it’s Champagne by Lunar Twin. That’s not just lip service…the synth and piano driven Grand Cru Edit of Champagne is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. I am a huge Nick Cave fan, but he frustrates me. He often does things in his songs that are almost intentionally off-putting just for the sake of being difficult. Champagne by Lunar Twin is the Nick Cave song I’ve always wanted. I don’t want to take away from what they’ve done here, but comparing anyone to Nick Cave is most certainly a compliment of the highest order.

With this Remix EP on Emerald and Doreen Recordings, Lunar Twin have a gold mine of ways to hear the song. Whether you want something stripped down or something dancier, there’s something for you here. The Woolfy Remix is a club-style body mover. It’s fun and bouncy and balances the lead off Grand Cru Edit. This is followed by the Haioka Remix, a more subtle and sparse affair. It’s a pensive reflection on the song with good layering of sounds. Ummagma give the track their paralleled dream pop treatment. Their vision of the song floats in the ether…a reflective sound that is one of my favorites in the collection. The Statickman Remix is old-school synthpop and I absolutely love everything about it. It’s a contrast of sounds that works amazingly well. The Mushrooms Project version of the song is a tribal infused electronic soundscape, reminiscent of something iVardensphere would release. The Romin Remix has a dark undertone, with a bass guitar that adds a depth that can be felt as well as heard. The Go Satta Remix is a shoegazy walk about version of Champagne, with some great keyboard loops and an airiness to it. The collection closes with a chiptune Berlin Remix of Metroplex, a song that could have been cut out of 1983 or 1984 without any argument about its origins.

I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that remix compilations are hit and miss, more often miss than anything else. Lunar Twin were very brave to trust their song to so many sources but for the most part everyone was respectful of the source material. This is a fine collection of remixes and I’ve got to say that I enjoyed them all because there’s so much different about each version. Lunar Twin have new music on the way in a few weeks! Check out their Soundcloud and Bandcamp for more details.

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