The resurgent folk scene has surely found much inspiration in the figure of Adem Ilhan. After all, recent years have seen the London based musician (and Fridge bassist) assemble two stunning contemporary folk records, managing to find an accessible balance between beauty and experimentation on both outings.
The most recent album "Love And Other Planets" is a concept based on love and well... planets. The first single from the album is "Launch Yourself", featuring remixes from Fridge band mate Kieran Hebden under his Four Tet alias, London synth-pop act Hot Chip and Thomas Eriksen.
As you would expect a concept album consists of concept tracks and "Launch Yourself" is no different. This particular song uses a tale of abandonment on another planet as a metaphor for outgrowing relationships. Adem's soothingly beautiful vocals are delivered at half the pace of the rhythm, and it's this element of contrast that provides the song with an unusual feel. Spoons, wood blocks, bells, and glocks provide off the wall percussive rhythms, while the cello provides a heart-rending element.
The strongest remix is that of Four Tet, Kieran Hebden extracts the ambient edge from the track and really goes to work on it; chiming percussion, varied electronic blips and a low end 4/4 bass drum tell the story, the latter half of the track sees the introduction of a fierce acidic line that takes the track into new territory. The Hot Chip remix is a more minimal cut which features an almost experimental r&b-like rhythm, layered vocals at different pitches and Kraftwerk-like synth dwindlings, and the Barny's Radio Mix from Thomas Eriksen stays far too faithful to the original to be given any great deal of credit.
Launch Yourself is a pretty interesting track and certainly one of the strongest cuts from the record, and while the remixes hardly set the world on fire, they are reasonably fascinating. Worth the purchase.