Remixed is a column that will highlight remixes we actually think are worthy of praise, be they old or new. Because most remixes are rubbish. // Words: Saam Das
We know plenty about Alt-J now. But once upon a time, we didn't. Berlin's Marlais has/have picked up some tricks from the Leeds quartet's beginnings. I'm not even convinced that Marlais is from Berlin. I am convinced about the brilliance of this remix of 'Dissolve Me' however. Listen below.
I was pretty wary of Alt-J to begin with because of their shroud of secrecy - and ridiculous name - before they eventually revealed themselves/won me (and pretty much everyone else) over. I have to hand it to Marlais though, they've successfully kept anonymous for over two years. Although come to think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if Marlais was actually one of the Alt-J members.
Anyway, they've done a top job on this soothing remix of 'Dissolve Me' from last year's Mercury winning 'An Awesome Wave' album. The original is positively hyperactive by comparison. I'm also a fan of some of the original productions from Marlais, with the orchestral 'Camille' proving a particular highlight. Well played, Marlais, whoever you are.
Listen to more tracks from Marlais at soundcloud.com/marlais, and find more info on Alt-J at altjband.com.