Anyone ever attempting a remix should bear one thing in mind: unless you’re supremely talented, do not go anywhere near a track that could be considered seminal. Christian AIDs just about managed to get away with messing around with the splendid tones of Death From Above last week, but did so by essentially using the base material to make a track that sounded more like their own. PheleTones don’t have quite the same buzz, nor the same amount of nous to know how to handle a classic, as the sour end to their ‘Green’ EP shows – a tepid stab at subverting LCD Soundsystem’s New York I Love You.
For an act such as PheleTones, though, it’s the kind of thing that you’re willing to overlook, along with the substandard name, given the quality elsewhere. Clocking in at just under 10 minutes, the remix takes up around a quarter of the running time – the rest is the kind of creeping, sampled electro that makes you want to sway, a cruise through the best of the genre without ever really settling upon one touchstone. Maybe that’s the greatest failing – this feels like the work of an act trying to be a jack of all trades and ending up as a master of none. There’s a bit of atmospheric synth, some dubstep-lite bass and a few woozy hip hop beats, but it doesn’t really manage to grab ahold of one with any real intent. Perhaps it’s best to view this as a sketchbook rather than a finished piece it’s pretty good either way.