“Kiss of Life (Spiral Into the Storm Remix)”
Friendly Fires' "Kiss of Life" manages to be both ridiculous and irresistible, especially in video format-- all the uncomfortable eye contact and urban-shaman dancing, the masked drumline, the frost-diva refrains! In other words, it's a great pop song. The Canadian producer Spiral Into the Storm takes this fine-tuned mechanism and loosens its screws. For nine minutes, over fizzed-up woodblock breakbeats, he bathes slinky synths in acid, dissolves vocals into halos of breath and light, and nudges quick flourishes from the source material into motifs. It's a pretty extensive overhaul, with the original's held-back arpeggio pulled up near the front, the bass stretched and vibrated, and minor squelches gathered into a rangy climax. To SITS's credit, those nine minutes feel pretty action-packed (although most of the action is concentrated in the middle section, between seductively long vocal deconstructions). I don't know what he used to make the mix, but it has the exciting, slightly errant feel of live hardware-- more like he's jamming on "Kiss of Life" than remixing it. Is it indulgent? Sure. But it's a remix of a song with a hipsters-in-the-desert video. Something more tasteful just wouldn't do.