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The Free DesignThe Now Sound Redesigned

Label:Light In The Attic – LITA 016
Format:
CD, Compilation
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop
Style:Leftfield, Breaks, Downtempo, Hip Hop

Tracklist

1Redesigned (Intro)
Voice [Commentary]Dave Perry (4)
Written-ByD. Ellington*
1:04
2Where Do I Go
RemixMadlib
Written-ByG. MacDermot*, G. Ragni*, J. Rado*
4:21
3Umbrellas
Written-ByB. Dedrick*
3:55
4Radio Break (Interlude)0:13
5Harve Daley Hix5:45
6Don't Turn Away
RemixSharpshooters
3:05
7Crossover (Interlude)0:23
82002 - A Hit Song3:38
9I Found Love3:49
10Funk Design (Interlude)1:06
11Don't Cry Baby4:17
12Blowin' Bubbles (Interlude)0:26
13Kites Are Fun
RemixMellow
4:32
14Girls Alone (Nobody Muzak Mix)
Keyboards [Lead Keyboards], FeaturingIkey Owens*
Recorded By, Mixed ByJeff Harris (3), Nobody
RemixNobody
4:05
15To A Black Boy
RemixDanger Mouse, Murs
Written-ByB. Teague*
3:22
16The Proper Ornaments2:28
17An Elegy4:52
18Light My Fire (Interlude)0:32
19Dorian Benediction
RemixCaribou
8:45
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Sequenced, edited and additional interludes for Nobody's Home Productions 2005.
In memory of Joseph Zynczak
ⓟ & © 2005 Zynczak Associates, Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 826853001625
  • Matrix / Runout: CDV/CA CDR05030421 DR2+62
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LW44

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Now Sound Redesigned (CD, Compilation, Promo)Light In The AtticLITA 016US2005

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When does the underground go overground? For years, The Free Design's original LPs have been sought-after collector's items -- with no small reason. The intricate harmonies and careful songwriting have garnered praise on their own, not to mention the use of their component parts in hip-hop circles. So here, on _The Now Sound Redesigned_, the Free Design gets a modern makeover from both the hip-hop and indie communities. So while Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf give some uptempo breaks to "Where Do I Go" and "Umbrellas," respectively, Stereolab and The High Llamas bring in their own modular pop sensibilities, even as the track drifts into an odd atonality. Styrofoam, on the other hand, go for a more straightforward rework, but with more droning. And there's some bubblegum self-referentialism in Chris Geddes' chopping of "2002 - A Hit Song." Sure, there a few lackluster mixes (particularly the Sharpshooter's version of "Don't Turn Away"), but the hazy psychedelia of Mellow's "Kites Are Fun" or the Nobody's swirling "Girls Alone" quickly pave over those tracks. Danger Mouse and Murs put a modern political spin on "To a Black Boy," telling the story of Marcus Dixon, and unfairly imprisoned young man from Georgia. But some of the musical contrasts are stark here: the bubbliness of "The Proper Ornaments" (as fiddled with by Super Furry Animals) with the somber "An Elegy," (scratched up by Kid Koala). Caribou ends ths album with his version of "Dorian Benediction," which swirls in neo-electronic folk psychedelia -- something I'm sure the Free Design themselves would have appreciated.