Both President Bongo & Jack Schidt and Thomas Fehlmann tear into the first track on their newest album, "Gobbldigook" and come up with wildly different, but equally as satisfying remakes. Gus Gus's Bongo and Icelandic club gadfly Shidt start slowly, taking advantage of the original's hymnal state, and build it into a club banger that roils with handclaps and skittering percussion underneath a resolutely normal tech house beat. Things eventually coalesce, but they do so slowly that you almost don't realize it. Typically untypical work.
Schaffel is the name of the game on the flip, with Thomas Fehlmann popping in to remind us of the long, hot love affair we had with the beat in the early half of the '00s. Fehlmann never gave up the rhythm—seeing a group of dancers go off to it when he deftly shifted into the glam-inspired beat at Mutek was a sight to behold—and it's a good thing he didn't. His take is phenomenal, sounding a bit like Animal Collective, a bit like DJ Koze and a lot like Fehlmann. Which is just a long way of say, if we're still keeping score, Kompakt Pop is most definitely "up."