A unique spin on the remix album.
The album's formats are an extension of that hybridity, in line with some of her past releases. Like 2015's PRODUCT, which came packaged with a custom dildo, the physical edition of the remix album is available only with a clutch bag. The digital version is only accessible via two continuous streams on YouTube. (For those who don't have a YouTube Music subscription, there's no easy way to listen to the album on the go.) SOPHIE has a way of making her releases feel unique, each one a part of some impossible puzzle, and this latest strategy underlines the uniqueness of her latest full-length.
On the first half, SOPHIE takes a tour through some of the original LP's most recognizable songs, molding them into twisted dance jams. "Ponyboy (Faast Boy Remix)," for example, is a bouncy club track with a deranged twist—the vocal sample from "Ponyboy" is battered until it all melts into textural filth halfway through. The second disc is less dance-oriented, focused instead on ambient passages, powerful vocal performances and five consecutive "Infatuation" remixes that fade into tranquil drone.
SOPHIE's remixing is as fluid as her DJ sets: old songs transform into new ones, and familiar elements pop up like motifs. Sometimes you can't tell which song a remix is meant to be remixing. This ambiguity feels purposeful, even political: "Queer people shouldn't be made to feel like their identities are not mainstream," SOPHIE has said. "I think it's really important to break down those binaries, and not feel that because you are making 'weird' music, that you are a 'weird' person."
While there are plenty who would consider SOPHIE's music "weird," there's also something universal about its appeal. You can hear it in action on this two-disc set, which beckons you to dance to even the most abrasive, helter-skelter sounds, underlining the joy in SOPHIE's music. The LP offers catharsis through rambunctious beats, sweet melodies and the gnarliest sounds SOPHIE can muster. It brings her themes of searching, self-acceptance and identity directly onto the dance floor, in ways that are as splashy, strange and unforgettable as you'd hope.
Wed / 21 Aug 2019
01. Cold World
02. Not Okay (Alone Remix)
03. XTC Acid
04. Ponyboy (Megadog)
05. Push Emission (wHor3 Moans)
06. Ponyboy (Faast Boy Remix)
07. Faceshopping (Lipstick Gel Remix)
08. Not Okay (Machine World)
09. Whole New World (Doss and SOPHIE Remix)
10. Infatuation (Lichtbogen Dreamin' Remix)
11. Faceshopping (Euphoria Remix)
12. Pretending I Give In (Let Go)
01. Leeds Heaven And Hell
02. Whole New World (Big Kiss Remix)
03. Pony Whip
04. Faceshopping (Money Mix)
05. Pretend World (SHop Front)
07. Cold Water
08. Dive (SDF)
09. Infatuation (Sunlight Zone)
10. Infatuation (Twilight Zone)
11. Infatuation (Midnight Zone)
12. Infatuation (The Abyss)
13. Infatuation (The Trenches)