Out of all of the projects that have sprouted out of Radiohead, Nigel Godrich’s Ultraista might just be my favorite. Godrich’s silky-choppy production and Laura Bettinson’s lofty vocals just hit the spot in a way few other acts can. Hot off the release of the Scarlett Groove EP, London duo Maribou State have taken on Ultraistra’s “Gold Dayzz” applying their luxurious house aesthetic to the already brilliant original. This is electronic music for people who don’t like electronic music. It’s delicate, vocal-based and crisp, but also reliant on an intricate percussion and otherworldly guitar. Maribou State have really dug out a niche and are widening their scope with every release. Stream below and cop the remix here.
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet just recently released his fantastic Pink LP and is now following it up with a remix of Ultraista’s “Smalltalk”. A little background on Ultraista: the band consists of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker (produced for Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M, Elliot Smith and others) and London artist Laura Bettinson. Needless to say, with a cadre like that, the original is phenomenal. Bettinson’s subtle vocals are accentuated by delicate synths, which Four Tet then blows out into his most dancefloor oriented track in a while Breaking the song down to Bettinson’s eerie vocals, he then continues to add on intricate layers of his now recognizable percussion. Catch the original here and stream Four Tet’s remix below.