Icona Pop "Manners (Deniz Kurtel Remix)"
- Words: Derek Opperman
We're not entirely sure why Deniz Kurtel (pictured above) decided to remix "Manners," Icona Pop's saccharine 2010 single on Kitsuné. Frankly, the original is a pop-culture nightmare, right on down to its clichéd "ba ba ba" chorus and the subsequent Chiddy Bang remix. Given such questionable source material, it's a credit to Kurtel's talents that her mix ends up sounding pretty good. She accomplishes this by detuning the vocals, stripping the track of its instrumentation, and rebuilding from zero. Kurtel begins with a dusty Rhodes bassline, adds a loose four-on-the-floor, and finally brings in a percolating synth strung through a rising low-pass filter. The resulting track achieves a dynamic range entirely absent in the original. More importantly, it's a solid remix that stands on its own as a distinct work. (via Discobelle)
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