Label: Carpark Records Release date: 26/04/09 Link: Official Site OK, now wait a minute – here’s a remix EP by Dan Deacon? And it’s from Bromst? What to do with these percussion indebted compositions, the layers of electronics, and Deacon’s sense of balanced insanity? Of course the right answer would be to let Deacon remix (or Deakin remix) his own stuff and get in a few of the best remixes to emphasize the pop and dance aspects of the fine use of repetition. Instead, the result is a pleasantly benign white label kind of affair, the kind that gets pulled out once every few months. Ah, Woof Woof. The pitch modified guitar loop, slide whistle and blistering drums present on the (Original Mix) all scream and play, each part delicately intertwined into a weird canon before the snare overtakes and brings the song to a crashing halt. It’s not too far off from other songs in Dan Deacon’s oeuvre, so the chance to tear away from his mould is instead showcased here. The (Hudson Mohawke) remix of ‘Woof Woof’ uses more pitch modifications here, vocoding the guitar and rearranging the vocals to create a more down in the mouth key and tempo, turning a party song into a slightly melancholic elegy. It’s the dilemma of this disc, for the chance to take just one or two components would leave the chance to make a new song completely, but then you get the 50-50 of making something dull or just plain bad. Both the (Allez-Allez remix) and (Luke Abbott remix) tracks (‘Build Voice’ and ‘Surprise Stefani,’ respectively) turn these songs into more soporific basic dance or jangly Four Tet lite style remixes, all bells and whistles in a sense far too literal. Like mentioned above, it’s similar to a white label 12”. You have no idea who could be on it or what to expect except for maybe a small label that says the artist on the front cover – each track is a risk. Each risk is a gamble, and only one of them pays off. Now the remixes aren’t bad, they’re just typical and dull, the kind of thing that you expect a person to do given Deacon’s maniacal happiness. Having the normal version again isn’t awful, and the Hudson Mohawke mix manages to make a really nice song out of ‘Woof Woof.’ Sadly the dance remixes resonate hollowly, without soul or drive, only there to repeat 8 bar loops endlessly. Half for half. Photobucket