Jack and Alison’s “Treat Me Like Your Mother” seemed to have seen its most radical redressing when the mercurial pair shot the shit out of each other in a desert, but then somehow Diplo got commissioned to fuck with the track a bit. Good call on that, too. Diplo, in a manner true to his alchemical abilities with samples and sound snatches, builds a solid Major Lazer-ish electro dancehall track on the back of what I find the most annoying part of the original, that make-it-stop “M-A-N-I-P-U-Late” refrain. (OK, well I don’t really like Jack’s “time to manipulate” stuff either. Sorry.) Anyway, the remix is all red light district synths and echoing shout outs, rumbling bass and sexy beats — mostly unrecognizable to the original save the vocal rephrasing and well worth a listen.
An MP3 of the remix is up for free download at RCRD LBL. The Dead Weather’s debut Horehound is out now via Third Man/Warner Bros. Those buying the album via iTunes received the bonus track “Outside,” a rattling and Kinksy garage rocker you can hear here:
The Dead Weather – “Outside”
[Photo by Natasha Ryan from the Dead Weather @ Bowery Ballroom 4/14/09]