A couple years ago Breton were looking for a remix and I made this. I had just moved across the country and it was so muggy and gross all summer and I had a lot of fun flipping their abstract art-rock into a cute lil sing-along. It didn’t end up getting used but here it is now.
Babe Rainbow “Things That Were Not” (from Falling Apart)
Another new track from the forthcoming record. It’s a reworking of a track that Grimes and I were working on back in 2010. We never finished it (though the demo might still be floating around the internet), so I went back and expanded the instrumental for my own record.
Dummy Magazine says of the new album: Titled ‘Falling Apart’, the Canadian artist-producer’s debut is sometimes downcast and sometimes uplifting, sometimes ambient and sometimes energetic, but always with a proper sense of melody, emotion, and the intangible feeling that is ‘vibe’. There’s a clarity to it that his earlier material averted, and a weird sense of presence to it, as if it’s still being made as you listen to it.
I started to mixdown a song I had neglected for almost a year and found a bunch of discarded ideas for a lead melody that didn’t make the final mix. There were five discarded melodies in all. As I listened to each back-to-back they seemed to accidentally form a song structure. So I moved the pieces around a bit and mixed them down. Here’s the results.
It’s kind of beautiful, kind of cacophonous. A happy accident.
Here’s a clown-ish demo I made back in February of 2010. I think it was the first track I made when I switched from producing on my clamshell Macbook to my desktop iMac. You can really hear the difference?
Babe Rainbow x The Jealous Guys - Wasted Youth (Rough Mix)
In the summer of 2011, Davey Boy Smith linked me with Bay Area’s the Jealous Guys. They loved my Punks Jump Up To Get Beat and intended to use it on their next mixtape. As things progressed they ended up working exclusively with Zodiac instead of a melange of producers (like most tapes). No hard feelings, of course. They song still came out pretty hype.