Every Tuesday, Torontoist scours record store shelves in search of the city’s most notable new releases and brings you the best—or sometimes just the biggest—of what we’ve heard in Sound Advice.
Guelph’s favourite synth-spazzes, Green Go, take a trip down memory lane with their newly released Remix Volume II. Before releasing their much-loved, electrifying debut album, Borders, a year ago, there was the Remix Volume I, and with remixes of some of Canada’s indie-pop breakouts from the past year on the mini-compilation this time, it’s another quick and easy new-music fix that allows Green Go delve a little further into their community and their auxiliary skill sets.
At the risk of a Diamond Rings two-single overkill (a full length is coming, hang tight), the lead track—”All Yr Songs,” redux—is one of the best on Remix Volume II. Stripped of its software-supplied click-track backbeat and soaked in etheral atmospherics and dramatic bass plucks, Green Go manages to bring out a repressed club kid who’s been lingering reluctantly at house parties and indie-rock shows, giving new dimension to a personality that seemed but a fluke to begin with. The rethink of their own “Watch Your Step” as well as of Montreal hip kids Think About Life’s “Sweet Sixteen” (streaming above) pushes Green Go a little closer into sounding like they’re coming from a strict electronic foundation (as retro-radio as it almost is) as opposed to using it as decoration, and with their slow and swirly psychadelic take on Woodhands’ mostly chugging, thugged-out original, Green Go sound ready to tear down their full band’s set up and DJ ’til daybreak.
Remix Volume II can be downloaded for free now from Green Go’s Myspace.w