Shields – Remixoscope (EP) (self-released)
In between playing shows around Europe and writing material for their debut album, Newcastle alt-pop quintet Shields will be releasing a new remix EP entitled ‘Remixoscope’ next week, which will be available as a free download from from their website.
Though listeners were given a taster of the band’s vibrant, synth-laden sound on their ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP, on this remix EP things are taken to a whole other level.
Recent Bastille remixers Tyde are up first remixing the track, “Mezzanine”. Having only formed in late 2012 and remaining somewhat secretive about their identity, the West London duo have kept themselves busy in the remix world, having also worked with To Kill A King and Jamie N Commons. Their mid-tempo remix is an extremely percussive reworking, showing hints of Apparat employing blips, stabs, and as well as more organic sounding percussion to make this one an utter delight to listen to. Meanwhile, the layer of organs give the song a solid foundation and deep resonance.
The second remix comes from Celestial Trax, a young producer who dabbles in many dance and electronic sub-genres and draws influence from UK garage, house, footwork, R&B and hip-hop as well as commercial chart pop. In comparison to Tyde’s remix before it, this track is more clubby, more up-beat and danceable, and more direct. With a less is more approach, the remix accentuates all the right elements but also creates ambience by allowing the elements to breath.
“Turning Corners” is remixed by Melbourne based singer, producer & multi-instrumentalist, Fractures. A vocal-driven remix with a massively complex arrangement, the “Turning Corners” remix is lightly coloured with shimmering and atmospheric arpeggios, earthy but glitchy beats, and rumbling sub-bass.
The remix of live favourite “Silhouette” comes courtesy of Touurs, a 22-year old East Coast artist who has worked with labels such as Young Latitudes, Bobby Cahn Records and Purr Tapes. A bass and vocal driven reworking, Touurs applies a tasteful and minimalist approach to the track to create the most atmospheric remix on the EP. Like the Celestial Trax remix earlier, Touurs’ remix spans several sub genres while the cut-up vocals give the remix an extra touch of class, all in all sounding not unlike that of say, Flume.
The reworked “Momentum” comes courtesy of TWOS. Little is known about this producer, not even their location, but their remix is a M83-style slow-burner. Last but not least, on the iTunes version of their original EP, Shields also covered the SBTRKT song, “Pharaohs“. Having already produced official remixes for the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Maximo Park, here the band turn their skills to producing a shimmering, up-tempo, poppy and completely danceable remix. Fun stuff.
A solid collection of remixes from five exciting new talents.
The ‘Remixoscope’ EP will be released as a free Download on Monday August 5, 2013 via the Shields website.
Stream the EP below in its entirety: