Monkey Been to Burn Town, Animal Collective.

Monkey Been to Burn Town, Animal Collective.

To even to so much as suggest Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz LP of yesteryear was patchy would be at best a rich compliment, for truth be known it was by and large rather more miss than hit. We suggested then that it was one which needed more time to develop and grow on you tumorously, for it initially seemed ridden with larval earworms (earcentipedes, perhaps) in need of further fertilisation. Though as Brian DeGraw of albeit all too modest Gang Gang Dance fame tonks in with a viciously compelling reworking of the otherwise drab Monkey Riches, it becomes apparent that all it needed was a severe rethink as the Manhattan wunderkind ferociously severs the once grating vocals of Avey Tare, only to reaffix ‘em in weird ‘n’ overtly wondrous places. It’s thus a track akin to that disconcertingly multiplicative complex of your average earthworm – hack it up however many times, and you’ll have however many more. And, well, DeGraw just made this one immoderately more listenable, appreciating Monkey Riches exponentially with warm synths and boinging soundbites upraising the track to all new, and newly euphoric heights. It sounds like an older incarnation of AnCo, and not that newfangled breed they’ve become of late which, you know, is no bad thing…

DeGraw’s radical overhaul is taken from forthcoming AnCo remix EP Monkey Been to Burn Town, which is itself expected May 27th on Domino.

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