Among the spectacles and soy taco set, this remix is tantamount to Ray Davies circa 1970 tweaking a Marc Bolan cut featuring John Lennon. The analogy’s dubious, but the sentiment isn’t. Right now, if Panda Bear, Four Tet, and their Teutonic cohort traipsed through the Mission District, they would be showered with rose petals and Kombucha’s like they were Dave Eggers, the Dalai Lama, and the spirit of Harvey Milk. After all, What is What? was actually a jettisoned album title for Merriweather Post Pavilion, plus a sly allusion to Geologist’s favorite Biggie song.
This remix doesn’t meet the grandiose expectations engendered when three of the most gifted musicians of their generation get together to accept that Rough Trade remix money. But considering the parties involved, it’s still a cut above anything else you’re likely to hear on this Monday morning — barring a listen to Gwyneth Paltrow covering “Killing Me Softly,” which only lives up to half of the bargain implied in the song title. Turning the patient build of the original into a pulsing techno track, Kieren Hebden adds enough caffeine to help you make it to lunch, further illustrating the dance bent that’s taken hold of him in the last year or so. Better than soy tacos and maybe even soy milk.
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MP3: Pantha Du Prince ft. Panda Bear – “Stick to My Side (Four Tet Remix)”