For fans of: Cocteau Twins, Stereolab, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, CHVRCHES
When I wrote about the Canadian-Ukrainian Ummagma last year, I said they were going to have a busy 2014, and so far that has been proven correct. Last month we were one of 20 blogs from all over the world who premiered their video for “The Road To Lees” and tomorrow, May 16, they are releasing Lama, which is an LP featuring the song “Lama” and 7 remixes of “Lama” by artists from many different countries including Italy, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, and Russia.
The different DJ’s and producers who remixed “Lama” completely reimagine it and make each remix completely unique, despite being based on the same song and featuring singer Shauna McLarnon’s dreamy voice. The first remix is by Theatre of Delays of Germany, and reminds me a bit of modern electronic pop in the vein of stuff like CHVRCHES. The Italian Alexander Robotnick’s remix is a hypnotic and dreamy loop. Sweden’s Copycat created a remix that is a fantastic overload of synth awesomeness and employs an extra layer of reverb on the vocals and the original guitar part here and there. On go nogo’s remix, McLarnon’s vocals are brought front and center before it’s groovy backbone kicks in about of the third of the way in and it becomes otherworldly. Italy’s Irregular Disco Workers bring a modern funky acid feel to their remix. Sounds of Sputnik of Moscow take the track to another level by adding some extra weight by the way of drums and cutting synthesizers. Mind Movies’ take is absolutely epic.
The final track on the record is the original recording of “Lama” which is yet another gorgeous addition to the Ummagma discography. Brilliantly placed reverb on instruments, and a huge epic build towards the end. Their brand of shoegazey dreampop has impressed me from the first listen and that does not change at all here. There will be even more things coming from Ummagma as the year progresses, including remixes from Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Malcolm Holmes (Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark) and a collaboration with Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver and for a short time, the Brian Jonestown Massacre)
Check out a preview of the LP below. For more info on contributing producers/DJ’s click their name in the article above to go to their website or soundcloud.
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