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PREMIERE: Cassius - Les Infants (Gesaffelstein remix) Cassius reminds us why we love music. Specifically dance music, specifically French house. It’s nearly always chic, potent, bedazzling, and—at the risk of sounding like total fools—just makes us feel young, you know? Jump all night, play all day, sleep while wearing shoes, young. All of that and more on Gesaffelstein ’s version of “Les Enfants”—a ping-pong sugar rush of techy beats and blissful fog.
The music of London producer James Blake typically centers on mangled samples-- often sourced from soul and R&B-- pitch-shifted vocals, and slow-burn, bass-heavy beats. But even though his style is distinctive enough to pick out after a couple of bars, he continues to experiment and seek out new avenues of expression. "I Only Know (What I Know Now)", from the upcoming Klavierwerke EP, is an astonishing investigation of space and microscopic detail that may be his most striking track yet. Here, Blake works with just a small handful of sounds-- a bass thump, a bit of cymbal, one decaying, dubby piano chord, and a couple of voices, one of which mutates into chords while the other leaps out to serve as punctuation. There's also a handclap that is as dry and pure and simple as a handclap can be.
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