We were listening to The XX remix of Yacht's "The Afterlife" when word of the "Islands" video came through. Skipping from one to the other definitely illustrates the wide plane The XX inhabit. "Islands" is a slow burner from their debut album, the now familiar lovelorn pang that stoked fires for The New Yorker and Apollo Ohno. But the remix is a reconstituting of Yacht's original into a dark dance music inversion, replete with rattlesnake shakers and the hard dub ka-ching of a stoned snare. It's wild. Stream: Yacht, "The Afterlife (The XX Remix)"
April 21, 2010