New Bloc Party – “Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)”

It’s no Silent Alarm, but Bloc Party’s rush-released Intimacy is at least the best BP album since Silent Alarm. Meaning it was better than A Weekend In The City. It’s not an opinion I can get a lot of support for amongst the people I talk to because not a lot of the people I talk to still listen to them after Weekend. But don’t go by my ears, take the band’s decision to release a track-for-track remix recreation of this year’s LP, as they did for Silent Alarm but didn’t for AWITC, as probative. The album’s tracklist was announced today, and the cast of remixers features a mix of those right in our wheel house (No Age, Mogwai), blog-friendly up-and-comers (Banjo or Freakout, We Have Band), and the usual suspects (Phones). Armand Van Helden’s take on “Signs” is the first freebie MP3. And it’s already got a watch-worthy video. I couldn’t use the image I wanted to as a post thumbnail for NSFW-related reasons, mostly because a screengrab superimposing a pair of lipsticked lips into an upskirt shot is still probably enough to get one of you fired.

Here’s a version without the talented vagina:

Bloc Party – “Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)” (MP3)

Intimacy Remixed is out 5/11 in the UK, and one day in the US, too. Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Ares (Villains remix)”
02 “Mercury Herve is in Disarray remix)”
03 “Halo”(We Have Band Dub)”
04 “Biko (Mogwai remix)”
05 “Trojan Horse (John B remix)”
06 “Signs” (Armand Van Helden remix)”
07 “One Month Off (Filthy Dukes remix)”
08 “Zephyrus” (Phase One remix)”
09 “Talons” (Phones RIP remix)”
10 “Better Than Heaven (No Age remix)”
11 “Ion Square (Banjo or Freakout remix)”
12 “Letter To My Son” (Gold Panda remix)”
13 “Your Visits are Getting Shorter (Double D remix)”