I wrote a somewhat negative review last week of “More”, which is the newest offering from Arp, also known as Alexis Georgopoulos. I stand by what I said – that the record, while pretty and not offensive, per se, sounds less like art than it does a conscious attempt at creating art. Since then, however, I’ve received an email linking me to the Peaking Lights remix of track 7 from that same album, which is entitled “Gravity”.
I gave it a listen today and can report that while the original track is 6+ minutes of piano loops and ambient knob twiddling, the remix is completely different, and…well, it’s better. Virtually every element of the original track is gone from this remix, and what replaces it draws from a much broader array of influences.
Most interestingly, there are shades of Kraftwerk here, especially in the repeated keyboard line, and there’s also a breakdown at several points throughout that reminds me of the Latin-by-way-of-West-Germany sound that Can and Holger Czukay were producing during the very late 60’s and early 70’s.
That’s two “krautrock” influences that I detected in this track, so I should add that somehow, this remix manages to retain a distinctly un-German sunniness. It’s a little repetitive, but then I suppose that most remixes are – they need to be so that the DJ in the club that this is meant for has plenty of room to manipulate the track, blending to and from the other songs in his or her playlist. This remix is due to be included with others in a forthcoming 12 inch, due on November fifth. which, if this track is any indication, promises to be a more experimental and stimulating affair.