The [lastfm]Temper Trap[/lastfm] create music that is not of this world. Though the guys in the band hail from Melbourne, Australia, their songs seem to inhabit another orbit entirely, plucked from the outer atmosphere of some distant planet and brought here to teach us Earthlings what the future sounds like.
After two years of solid touring, and the release of their fantastic 2009 debut album Conditions, the [lastfm]Temper Trap[/lastfm] now find themselves the subject of a major remix project, Conditions Remixed. Listen to a stream of the new “Drum Song” as remixed by BretonLABS featuring [lastfm]Kate Tempest[/lastfm].
Remixing songs by a band with such standout, signature sounds can’t be an easy task. Songs like “Fader” and “Sweet Disposition” have elevated the [lastfm]Temper Trap[/lastfm] to the status they enjoy today, so offering ‘official’ new versions of the songs poses an unique risk. But like their labelmates [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm], who last year released an excellent remixed version of their breakthrough album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (now certified Gold in the U.S.), the [lastfm]Temper Trap[/lastfm] were not afraid to give it a try.
The first morsel to be released from Conditions Remixed is “Drum Song,” remixed by BretonLABS and featuring vocals from [lastfm]Kate Tempest[/lastfm]. Listen to the entire track below, and and then also check out the sublimely minimalistic video they put out to accompany the song.
As good as the remix is, it will be hard to top the original version of “Drum Song,” which has become a staple of the [lastfm]Temper Trap[/lastfm]’s live show. Their on-stage theatrics during this song have become legendary – hit play below to witness the guys doing it live at the O2 Academy Brixton in the U.K.
Here’s the full track listing for Conditions Remixed:
1.Love Lost (Sister Bliss and Rollo Mix)
2.Rest (Three Trapped Tigers Remix)
3.Sweet Disposition (Alan Wilkis Mix)
4.Down River (Fool’s Gold Remix)
5.Soldier On (RUSKO’s F’kin Seagull Remix)
6.Fader (Adam Freeland Remix)
7.Fools ([lastfm]Peter, Bjorn & John[/lastfm] Hortlax Cobra Remix)
8.Resurrection (Penguin Prison Remix)
9.Science of Fear (The Count (aka Hervé) ‘Medusa’ Remix)
10.Drum Song (BretonLabs Remix featuring Kate Tempest)