Tune of the Week – “Roscoe (Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve remix)”
Yes, I’m a sucker for remixes. I like the way some remixers take a tune which you might know like the back of your hand and turn it into something which now resembles the back of your ankle. Sure, there …
Yes, I’m a sucker for remixes. I like the way some remixers take a tune which you might know like the back of your hand and turn it into something which now resembles the back of your ankle. Sure, there are some remixers and remixes which should never see the light of day, but we’ll ignore them for now.
I didn’t really think it would have been possible to remix Midlake’s “Roscoe” and not make a hames of it. Taken from “The Trials of Van Occupanther, the Texan band’s glorious album from last year, the track is as as beautiful, wistful and spell-binding as the opening tunes from albums written from the point of view of a 19th century hermit go. Every time you hear it, you sighed a little at just how perfect it is. Perfection usually cannot be improved.
Enter Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve. They are serial pranksters Erol Alkan (he used to run Trash, the ace punkhouse and electrodisco club in London) and Richard Norris (he used to be in The Grid), two lads with a lot of experience when it comes to pulling indie tunes apart and putting them back together again.
What they’ve done with “Roscoe” is a little bit more than that. By embellishing everything about the tune which works and superscaling the emotions, this remix works on so many different levels. If you’ve interested, they’ve also redone Peter, Bjorn & John’s “Young Folks” and Findlay Brown’s “Losing The Will to Survive”. but it’s “Roscoe” which is getting all the applause from this quarter at the moment.
Download Midlake’s “Roscoe” as remixed by Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve
Want to hear the original? Have a listen to this.