After cutting up and producing one of my favorite remixes ever–a version of the Klaxon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow”–Soulwax seems to have to outdone themselves again. This time, they’ve taken a “old” song that’s been mashed-up and slashed-up, Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” and remade one of the best songs of 2010 into something relevant again. Debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, The Suburbs’ rework is addictive listening, building off that calling-card cowbell percussion and disco influences, before grooving for the better part of five minutes. The brainchild of Belgium’s David and Stephen Dewaele, Soulwax proves time and time again that DJs these days aren’t all static and brain-numbing dubstep. The best of them can still groove.
Arcade Fire- Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (Radio Rip) (download)