Digitalism - Idealistic

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These days Digitalism are as popular on the indie circuit as they are in the dance scene. They have increasingly become known as the electronic act that everyone can rock out to, having remixed Tom Vek, The Cure, White Stripes, Klaxons, Cut Copy and The Futureheads. Their latest single is ‘Idealistic’.

It’s a phat, grinding electro number, built around a familiar guitar sample. A distorted riff and punchy kick drum do most of the initial damage, before things are quickly dimmed with an early break down. Here the vocal hook is introduced and the tune falls back into rhythm, with some additional melody to soften the harsher, washed-out sounds. Electro house with a slightly retro feel, although the harder sounds in this release may scare off a few house heads it will do well on the more adventurous floors.

A-Trak delivers a stripped-back interpretation that works well, ditching the guitar and some of the harder sounds to focus on the adventurous bassline. Some playful synth stabs have been added to funk the track up a little, and even though it’s apparent that you’re listening to an electro house track, he does broaden the tune’s reach considerably. Some lush synths in the back half round out what is probably the pick of the remixes.

The Hystereo remix takes things down a more acidic route, with most of the punch being delivered by a vicious riff. There’s some broken beats in the break down, which offers some variety, but overall it’s a fairly by-the-numbers reworking and doesn’t add too much. Also available is a version by Danish three-piece Who Made Who, providing a true indie interpretation.

Overall, it’s a diverse package that sits comfortably between rock and house.

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