MGMT Congratulations Remixes

This has been played on BBC radio a bit, but unless you’re a regular listener you probably haven’t heard this Cornelius remix of Congratulations favorite “Brian Eno.” Because of the pace of the original (plus the line “I’m always one step behind him”), I imagined the song as a literal chase after a mentor or mountain top guru. I think the electric harpsichord, stuttering hand claps and restless piano emphasize the reckless spirit of the original track. Cornelius also gives Andrew VanWyngarden’s vocals lots of space — they sound more distressed than they did before, especially on his “What does he know?” as if Eno’s the key to some unknowable and esoteric puzzle. It’s a fun remix. Listen:

Congratulations Remixes EP is out 3/15.

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Comments (3)
  1. i never quite understood the backlash on these guys. I felt this record as whole was much better than their first. So what if they didn’t want to make electro-pop? If you listen to mid to late 60′s era Kinks you hear their influence, and that’s not a bad style to go for. maybe i’m just too old.

  2. I’ve been a fan of Cornelius since that Mic Check song on Fantasma was blowin’ heads in the 90s. I hadn’t heard the original version of this song, but now I’ll check it out. The power of having a track remixed by another artist? Probably.

  3. Oh Cornelius, how i miss you. Mic Check still gives me goosebumps, a new album would be highly appreciated.

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