All of us at Binary are extremely excited about tonight’s show at the Echoplex, celebrating our friends at TILT’s 3rd anniversary. The bill is absolutely stacked: Jamaica, French Horn Rebellion, Parallels, and Binary’s own NightWaves will all be performing. There will also be four DJ sets, including one by Short Circuit. I don’t know about you, but as I read each name on the bill my jaw dropped successively lower; this is a lineup not to be missed.
Jamaica are fresh off the release of their debut LP, on their FIRST American tour. French Horn Rebellion are putting the finishing touches on their new album, so their set is bound to include loads of unreleased goodies. Our own NightWaves have been hard at work the past few months on new material. No word on whether they’ll premier some of it tonight, but you’ll definitely want to be there in case they do. Doors open at 9, get there early because you won’t want to miss a single minute. If you aren’t in LA, or have other plans tomorrow night (though I would really recommend cancelling them), you can catch half of the lineup (FHR and NightWaves) performing together again next week at the Hype Machine/dubFrequency CMJ showcase in New York City. Sorry to all of you in the middle states…you’re kind of out of luck on this one. In the meantime, prepare yourself for tonight’s showcase of aural ecstasy by downloading this new NightWaves gem, a remix of Walter Sobcek’s ‘Je Me Souviens.’
The first time we saw these two artist collaborate was earlier this year when Walter Sobcek released their fantastic remix of NightWaves’ ‘Sweet Carrie.’ Now the tables have turned, and between these two songs I think it’s fair to say that the Sobcek/NW combo is one to beat. The two groups seem to know how to perfectly compliment and supplement the others’ work, to breathtaking results. NightWave’s remix of the beautiful ‘Je Me Souviens’ (that’s French for “I Remember”) takes the aural experience to another, otherworldly level.
I was a NightWaves fan long before I formed a relationship with the Binary label, and the thing that has always struck me as unique about the group is the level of professionalism they render onto all the remixes they tackle. In my opinion there’s a stark difference between a re-mix, in which an artist reinterprets an original work and changes the overall mood; and a “re-fix,” in which the artist takes the original song and capitalizes on the emotions and themes already present in the piece. The “re-fixer” doesn’t reimaging the song; he enhances it, taking it to a higher plane of interpretation and production while maintaining the original’s emotional and melodic integrity. The re-fixer reinforces a piece, enriching the weaker elements instead of erasing them completely. NightWaves are masters of the “re-fix.” Every remix they do retains the original message of the song while adding a coat of polish that takes the work from a “catchy little number” to a virtual masterpiece. We see this style manifested once again in their remix of ‘Je Me Souviens.’ They heighten the sense of nostalgia and mystique present in the original piece by cutting out the majority of the lyrics, instead highlighting the line “je me souviens” and framing it with glistening synths and delicate snares. The result is a blissful, ethereal ode to your fondest memories, when the world seemed so beautiful you wondered if you were dreaming.