- Earlier this year, DJ Metatron's 2 The Sky sold out with the speed of a stadium tour, with one fan commenting that they had "literally pulled over on the side of the highway driving home to buy [the] record." This says a lot about Giegling today—once something intimate, it's now an institution, continuing to widen the reach of its melancholic sound. Not only has the label upped its number of releases and sub-labels, it now also features artists outside of the core crew. First came the Huerco S. remixes for Olin's From Iceland, and now it's Easy Listening Remixes, which hands Kettenkarussell's 2014 LP over to Lawrence, Losoul, Ezekiel Honig and Giegling mainstay Vril.
The EP's first and last tracks rework album closer "Of Course." While the original piano ballad evokes quiet scenes of dusk, Lawrence crafts a shadowy house groover for the deepest part of the night. Ezekiel Honig, known for his abstract electro-acoustic compositions, stays closer to the source material's delicacy. Lulled keys are still the focus, though here they're broken up like snapped branches and paired with dusty, snubbed percussion.
Losoul's take on "Konstant Sleep" is a stripped and muscular pumper, its stark groove still in the clutches of the original's hypnotic gloom. On Vril's extended version of "Spirale," he obscures its striking, crystalline patterns with a dubby techno fog. No track on Easy Listening Remixes outdoes the originals, but the overall richness of styles has a draw of its own.
A1 Of Course (Lawrence Remix)
A2 Konstant Sleep (Losoul Remix)
B1 Spirale (Vril Remix)
B2 Of Course (Ezekiel Honig Remix)