Portishead – Machine Gun (Noise Floor Crew Remix)
So, after god only knows how long Portishead are back with their new single Machine Gun. Portishead hare well known for their melancholy demeanor but this is something else with Beth Gibbons’ vocals fractured over a minimal backing track that owes more to Suicide than their previous West-Country sound.
To me this is a tune that’s crying out for a big dubstep remix from someone like Kode 9 – strip all the vocals off and echo them back in snippets and fill that vicious beat with sub-bass. The only mix I could find approximating this is this one by Noise Floor Crew, who speed it up a bit too much for my liking (check out how the drums sounds reminiscent of Blue Monday when sped up!) but it still adds depth to the original and grows stronger as it progresses.