Those politicking for the total destruction of Miley Cyrus’ recent teen-pop insipidity “We Can’t Stop” are in for a good day: Los Angeles-based Mabson Enterprises has just released its new 37-track remix/rework collection that tears apart the song from countless angles, then patches it back together.
But before her legions of fans launch an attack, Miley’s army should take note: A few artists transform the song in ways that successfully argue for the validity of “We Can’t Stop." But only a few.
Taking to heart the gluttonous message of Cyrus’ song -- “It’s our party we can do what we want, it’s our party we can say what we want” -- the musicians involved proceed to variously demolish, celebrate, deconstruct and otherwise have their way with the former Hannah Montana star’s work.
With Bandcamp as a platform, artist Kyle Mabson issues a call-for-remixes and compiles the best onto collections. He’s got exquisite taste, and he has in the process built a following and stable (Geis, DJ mdmHEY, Extreme Animals) whose work shines across the various projects.
And they keep getting better. The biggest name on “We Can’t Stop” is producer-composer-artist Dan Deacon, who builds something grand from Miley’s record. In a previous installment, Deacon famously layered Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” 147 times, and the four-bar exponential build led to a crescendo unlike anything you’ll ever hear.
To examine Cyrus’ song, he does the opposite. His “We Can’t Stop 50% Reduction (Straight Chop Remix)” is a more formal exercise. Using only the original track, he eliminates half the music, making it something more minimal. Here it is below.
<a href="http://mabsonenterprises.bandcamp.com/album/we-cant-stop">We Can&#39;t Stop by Dan Deacon</a>
Josh Slavin reworks the original as a heavy rock song that descends into weird double bass-kick madness and electronics at the end. Parents who want to make their tweens angry might succeed with Slavin’s version below.
<a href="http://mabsonenterprises.bandcamp.com/album/we-cant-stop">We Can&#39;t Stop by Josh Savin</a>
One of the most convincing versions is a sincere cover by DJ mdmHEY, who offers a soulful, live version that argues for the song’s structural and melodic integrity.
<a href="http://mabsonenterprises.bandcamp.com/album/we-cant-stop">We Can&#39;t Stop by dj mdmHEY</a>
Cyrus fans will probably be angry at Extreme Animals’ chopped, screwed and twisted “Only God Can Judge Us,” a noisy, reverb-heavy rework. Filled with a sheet of distorted guitar and a crawling beat, it successfully argues that even the lightest, most commercial jam can be transformed into serious density.
<a href="http://mabsonenterprises.bandcamp.com/album/we-cant-stop">We Can&#39;t Stop by Extreme Animals</a>
Signals, which features former members of longtime Smell mainstays the Mae Shi, begin within a Kraftwerk-suggestive rhythm before devolving into a synth-voiced, hard-beated breakdown that would throw Hollywood velvet-rope types into fits of tantrums.
<a href="http://mabsonenterprises.bandcamp.com/album/we-cant-stop">We Can&#39;t Stop by Signals</a>
Warning: 37 versions will succeed mostly in embedding "We Can't Stop" into your psyche for the rest of the day, so proceed with caution.
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