This remix version of Becks Guero tosses a few unexpected curveballs at the obvious similarities. Take Octets remix of Girl. While the original version is by no means harsh-sounding, Octets lilting and reverberated piano line and sparse instrumentation elevates the song to new heights.
And thats the pleasure of remixes; its impossible to expect anything out of a record like this, and therefore near-impossible to be disappointed. But at the same time, there are impressive moments.
Where Ghettochipp Malfunction (8-Bits remix of Hell Yes) works Nintendo Game Boy sounds into a groove, Shake Shake Tambourine by Beastie Boy Adrock calls to mind the bottom-heavy heyday of Pauls Boutique.
Guerolito is a prime example of how an established artist like Beck can take chances and still be relevant, successful and even poke fun at himself, more than 10 years after hitting big. The same cant be said about Britney Spears recent flop remix record, B in the Mix, now, can it?
Ben Blackwell writes about music for Metro Times . Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.