- The canny devils at Warp bring Nicolas Jaar together with two of their best-known artists for a special Record Store Day outing. This 12-inch shows the Chilean artist reducing Brian Eno's "LUX" from its original 45 minutes into eight minutes of augmented quiet. For the first minute or so, you have to strain to hear if the record is even playing. But rather than some John Cage homage, it gradually unfurls, like a time-lapse film of a blossoming sunflower. Piano notes are scattered sparingly, a slither of an ethereal vocal unwinds slowly. It's a reverential rather than radical remix.
More interesting is Jaar's take on arty alt-rockers Grizzly Bear. "Sleeping Ute," from last year's Shields, is transformed into deep burnt, ultra slo-mo house with the addition of piano, heavily-treated guitar loops and distorted bass. It demands repeated plays to fully grasp its many nuances, but it may be one of the best pieces of music Jaar has put his name to.
A Grizzly Bear - Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jaar remix)
B Brian Eno - LUX 2 (Nicolas Jaar remix)