A BTW and one of last year’s 40 most accomplished newcomers, Minneapolis smooth rock collective Gayngs are taking a strong turn away from the central conceit of Relayted’s saxophonic ’80s FM soul on Affiliyated, a seven-track freely downloadable remix EP they’re releasing right here. The concept of this “regrind” collection is just as particular and specific as the self-consciously retro-fitted aesthetic of the LP that spawned it: seven producers get to choose ten stems from the record, at random, then build something new and glorious from those parts. Here’s the process explained more specifically:
To create the GAYNGS’ Regrind EP all of the stems from the bands debut album, Relayted, were arbitrarily named and compiled into a list … [A] collection of producers and musicians … were then instructed to choose only 10, without knowing what songs they came from or what instruments they contained. One could choose anything from four sax solos and six bass lines, to eight keyboards and two background vocals. The combinations that could be chosen were indefinite…the only certainty was that the parts would all be set to the tempo of 69 beats per minute.
From there, the re-grinders were free to chop, pitch-shift, and otherwise pulverize the stems into a new, cohesive song. The only rule was that they must use all 10 stems they were given, and that the tempo must remain at GAYNGS’ standard 69 bpm.
The results hew away from the lush low blood-pressure hues of the original, and often take on a more directly danceable direction, as remixes tend to. Download it:
Gayngs – Affiliyated EP (.zip, 31.8MB)
01 “Fight, Fuck, Fall Asleep” (Sims:vox Cecil Otter: regrind)
02 “Coercion Van” (MK Larada: regrind)
03 “Cologne & Water” (Paper Tiger: regrind)
04 “Draper Drunk” (Mike Mictlan: vox, The Chocolate Ox: keys, Plain ole Bill: regrind)
05 “No Scrubs” (P.O.S: vox, regrind)
06 “Sprinkle Juice” (Lazerbeak: regrind)
07 “Sand In The Lotion” (Cecil Otter: regrind)