Ghostly founder, production maestro and experimental pop visionary Matthew Dear breaks out a roll call of remixers for the release of "Fighting is Futile," the third single off his acclaimed album Beams. The single comes accompanied by four remixes, each holding a mirror to the original and refracting it into a surfeit of fascinating new forms.
Seth Troxler's mix accentuates the original's outro, building it into a strange, dreamlike journey that echoes the song's "Take a trip on something else" refrain. Bulgarian producer KiNK places the highlight firmly on the track's bottom end, stripping the song down to its pulsing bassline and insistent kickdrum, before slowly building it back up into a brooding dancefloor filler.
Ghostly labelmates and DFA affiliates Benoit and Sergio, meanwhile, launch the track into a spaced-out interzone of echo-laden vocals and slow, intricate synth textures. And finally, the aptly-named Laid Back remix drops the tempo and reinvents the track as a sort of post-millenial dubplate, placing Dear's vocals over a slowed-down funk groove and atmospheric effects. As a whole, the single functions as an exploration of the possibilities inherent in a single track, and a celebration of one of the standout moments of Beams.
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