What the Kids Don’t Stand
Although remixes can be a cheap, sly way for bands that aren't producing new material to stay afloat, when Chromeo remixes Vampire Weekend, brilliant things happen.
They could learn a lot from Chromeo. Though they only have two albums to their credit, and though they are touring constantly in support of last year's Fancy Footwork, Dave 1 is currently earning his PhD in French literature from Columbia university. Which is where he probably met those fine, young Vampire Weekend men. Which is probably what led to this, where both bands performed together for mtvU last week.
The live version of VW's "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" is interesting, if only for the addition of a vocoder, but the version that appears on the new EP, remixed by none other than Chromeo, is nothing short of a revelation. Retaining Ezra Koenig's plaintive vocals and the song's most basic keyboard melody, Chromeo throws a seductively glossy and disco-digital framework underneath. Combining the best elements of each disparate group, the resulting product is euphoric, colorful, brilliant. More like this, please.