Track Review: Bjork – Wanderlust (Ratatat Remix)

Bjork’s last album, Volta, was mostly a mess. Boasting collaborations with artists from all over the globe (Konono No. 1, Timbaland, Antony Hegarty, among others), it tried to appeal to everyone and instead sounded like Bjork’s most unfocused work in years. Thankfully, though, Bjork has managed to salvage the project by issuing a series of singles from the album, all of which contain new takes on its material.

Ratatat’s remix of “Wanderlust” is the best of these new versions, perhaps because their take sounds very little like the original. Replacing Bjork’s claustrophobic horns and fuzz bass with a giant guitar army and skittering electronics, the Brooklyn-based duo’s remix is a lot more fun and a more engaging listen. Slow-building and spacious, it’s better than anything on Volta. Count me among those shocked by the fact that nobody has offered Ratatat an album-length production opportunity yet. They deserve it.

3 Comments on “Track Review: Bjork – Wanderlust (Ratatat Remix)

  1. God, I couldn’t agree more with the Ratatat sentiment. I feel similarly about their work remixing The Knife’s “We Share Our Mother’s Health.” Also, it’s not everyday that I am led back to my own university’s website when google searching for track information. Props to WGTB.

  2. This is a fucking hot remix though I disagree completely with your sentiments on Volta I think it is a tad unfocused but tracks like “hope” and “vertebrae by vertebrae” are genius.

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