Second Radiohead Remix Project Offers Mixed Results

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.


mojo-photo-reckonerremix.jpgYou gotta give it to Radiohead: they know how to use that internet. While other bands fret about file-sharing or unauthorized mashups and remixes, Thom Yorke and his merry bandits gave away 2007’s In Rainbows for free, if you wanted, and happily sold the individual instrument tracks from the song “Nude” on iTunes a few months back so amateur remixers could have their way with them. Now they’ve done it again, with (in my opinion) a slightly more compelling track from In Rainbows, the haunting “Reckoner.” The band have set up a “Reckoner Remix Project” web site where producers can upload their tracks and fans can listen and vote for their favorites. There doesn’t appear to be any prize (other than the possibility Mr. Yorke himself might pop your mix onto his iPod) and the fine print makes it clear that Radiohead owns everything, always and forever, but it’s still pretty interesting to see what people have come up with.

According to Pitchfork, both Diplo and James Holden cheated, as their remixes were requested by the band for the site. Holden’s is the more intriguing (although it sure takes a while to get going), while Diplo’s vaguely-Bmore beats sound kind of plug-and-play. Hip-hop producer (and Party Ben fave) Flying Lotus has a version in the top ten, complete with his signature static and fuzz, but there’s something a bit off about it—dare I say it’s out of key? The #1 highest ranked mix, with over 900 votes, is by someone called “Baskfield”; it annoys me from the get-go, with inexplicable staccato effects on the vocals that sound like mistakes. Clearly somebody has a “vote for me” campaign going on. My favorite at the moment is the #2 version by The Deadly Syndrome, a jittery mid-tempo take that adds retro-flavor Daft Punk beats and buzzy videogame-style beeps yet doesn’t come off as silly. On the contrary, it adds a Kraftwerk-like delicacy to the profound melancholy of the original. Listen to all the mixes and vote here.

I’d submit a remix, by the way, but I’d probably just want to mix the vocal with, like, “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and that’s not allowed.

REAL QUICK, REAL URGENT

Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

payment methods

REAL QUICK, REAL URGENT

Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate