Always confusing druids and druze
Way back in ’09, remixes of The xx tracks like “Islands”, “VCR” and well, the whole album, were all the rage in blog world. Actually, they still are today. The band’s use of empty space and minimalist ethos lends especially well to the remix game. I’m not sure whether it’s due to a more critical eye on my part, but the large majority of Coexist remixes I have listened to are god awful. Four Tet’s take on “Angels” is one of the few worthwhile reworks out there. And there are a lot. Kastle’s Symbols Recordings recently released Druid Cloak’s The Grove EP, a brilliant take on modern bass music that has garnered support from the likes of Machinedrum, Cedaa and Bambounou. Not much is known about Druid Cloak, but he (?) does claim to adhere to “what the earth tells [him to make].” He recently remixed Coexist standout “Fiction” in a bout of half-step (is there any other way to remix The xx) wizardry. Stream below and grab the track for free from Symbols’ facebook.