Song of the Day: 2/16/09 Broken Spindles - Beatdown Breakup (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)
"Beatdown Breakup" is pretty direct, on a lyrical level, but the Cassettes Won't Listen remix has the added charm of shooting for about six different emotional textures and not quite achieving any of them - which, as it turns out, makes for a very fine mess. This version's skittish, with watery handclaps and percussive fills flitting like insects in an echoing cave, but there's undeniable bliss pushing up from underneath in the fat, simple analogue bass. Like an optical illusion, each time you notice one side of the song, the other drops slyly out of focus. And though it's muddled in mood, it fits the subject matter perfectly - actually, lends it a playful depth beyond the scope of the original. Go ahead - instead of wallowing after a breakup, throw this track on and have yourself a little one-person dance party.
- Phillip Taylor-Parker
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