Diplo Remixes The Dead Weather

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]