Toro Y Moi – “New Beat (Star Slinger Dancehall Remix)”
I’m Corban Goble, the younger of the two new Stereogum staff writers (shout outs Breihan). Previously I was a staff writer for Time Out New York’s music section and I’ve contributed to a bunch of other places and for a while had a pretty decent webzine going. I’m from Kansas, have a delirious love for pop music and had an everything-Radiohead phase in high school where I purchased $40 import B-sides off of eBay and read horribly under-reported unauthorized biographies. The moment I realized I had something going, in terms of having a good feel for new music was when like five separate dudes in my super geeked-out high school Calc class asked me to burn them The Black Album. I’m a bit of closet bro, pigskin-watching, barbecue-eating, rec-hoops playing, beer-drinking, college homecoming-attending, all of that stereotypical awesome Midwestern stuff. New York City always had a mythical hold on me from the first time that I visited, and I moved here as soon as I could and that’s where I’m currently holding it down.
To be able to do this, write about music full-time, is something I recognize as tremendously precious; and not saying that I haven’t done this at least once, I try my best never to take it for granted. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to write for Stereogum, which would probably blow my 16-year-old-Stereogum-reader self away (though I wouldn’t tell him about Kansas University’s 2008 college basketball national title. That one’s for him to enjoy).
So let’s do this, guys. It’s going to be fun. I promise.
Moving on to official business, a new remix of Toro Y Moi’s Underneath The Pine LP-standout “New Beat” dropped this morning and UK producer Star Slinger is the culprit. Padded out with some hand drums and a crystalline starry vibe, it’s a worthy re-interpretation that lives up to its “Dancehall” claim. Grab it here and see for yourself.
Underneath The Pine is out now on Carpark.