Caribou has shared Toro Y Moi’s remix of his track, ‘Home’, which featured on the Canadian producer’s 2020 effort, Suddenly.
The track featured on Suddenly Remixes, which came out on March 12th. The record saw Caribou AKA Dan Snaith recruit a handful of his favourite fellow DJs and producers to put their spin on a track from the album, with the likes of Floating Points, Logic1000, Four Tet stepping up to the challenge, as well as Toro Y Moi.
Commenting on the remix, Snaith said in a statement: “Chaz is an incredible musician fluent in seemingly every musical vocabulary but with a sensibility all his own. His remix is like an Alexander Calder mobile or a Kandinsky painting where the musical geometries of the original song circle each other in space.”
There’s an expansive charm to the remix, which allows ‘Home’ to float into your subconscious. Toro Y Moi removes the fierce sampled jazz vocal that takes centre-stage in the original. He instead relies on Snaith’s vocal track to carry the track, giving it a more ambient and dejected feeling, which sets it apart from the euphoric original.
The remix arrives alongside a video directed by Richard Kenworthy. He noted: “When I first heard the mix I was taken aback – he’s pulled the song apart, laid all the bits on the floor and made a minimalist sculpture out of little wiggly pieces. So similarly I want to strip this right back and focus on minute details by making a sort of scratch film – the kind of animation which got me interested in animation in the first place.
“The idea is that each day I would isolate a tiny fragment of the song and hand animate some little doodles by scratching into black. No preconceived end goal, just whatever occurs to me daily, so it has an improvised, freewheeling, dreamlike and fragmented quality. Just little weird details and evaporating thoughts. Little fleeting sketches.”
Hearing these two worlds of Caribou and Toro Y Moi colliding is an unbridled joy, even if the latter’s remix does add an air of bleakness contrasted with Snaith’s. Whilst many remixes create a minimal difference; Toro Y Moi manages to bring out a completely different set of emotions from the same piece of music and delivers a slab of melancholia.