There are certain songs that are so very good, the only singular word that accurately describes them is “satisfying.” “Wait & See” is one of those: An aural pleasure that scratches an itch and hits the spot so precisely, it almost feels like self-denial not to listen on repeat. On Holy Ghost!’s latest EP, the absurdly catchy single from their self-titled 2011 debut gets a makeover from five of dance music’s titans: CFCF, Flight Facilities, Moby, Kris Menace and Richard X. And while this batch of remixes finds the artists behind each track steering in new directions, each finds a way to capitalize on the irresistible danceability of the original.
In Moby’s case, that process begins with a newly included guitar riff, an ominous synth and a hint of the familiar keyboard line; the song lies in wait before being overtaken by intense, swelling synthesized strings and percussion that hits like a kick. Australia’s Flight Facilities pump up the rhythm and energy, resting everything on a disco-funk bassline so flawless in both its selection and placement, it feels like perfection. CFCF start with a more fluid, laidback feel – think lazing synths and crowd-rousing drums – and then insert deep electro bass alongside the circular, swimming keys. Richard X takes a synth heavy turn, delivering a remix that feels like very essential (electro)pop. Producer Kris Menace’s Vocal Re-interpretation boils the vocals down to the party essentials, cutting straight to the hooky chorus and keeping all four beats squarely on the floor. And his straightforward redux snips even deeper, offering a voiceless instrumental to keep the night going.
DFA presents both a vinyl and digital version of this very necessary EP for dance music fans. The physical release contains the Holy Ghost! original, Kris Menace’s Vocal Re-Interpretation, and remixes from CFCF and Richard X. Included in the digital release are all of the aforementioned tracks, as well as contributions from Moby, Flight Facilities and Menace’s instrumental remix.
Published: 9th May 2011