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Mild Minds – SWIM Remixes

Talk about taking amazing sounds and rocketing them to a whole new level. Synth-pop newcomer Mild Minds has tapped a dream team of talent that includes some of my personal favorites like ford. and Roland Tings and there’s not a second on this release that’s not spine-tingling goodness. Cabu kicks things off with a groovy, almost r&b flavored take that has a whole lot of delicious swing to it. Christopher Port follows it up with a lesson in garage-driven hypnosis that’s like a psychedelic haze in music form, while Roland Tings comes in hot pursuit with some extraterrestrial house that feels like getting a lobotomy on a spaceship cruising down the interstellar highway (surf’s up!). ford. brings things back down to Earth with a gorgeous, subdued number that finds beauty in simple pleasures, like watching a sunset wane into the ocean and peace stretching over the horizon. Daedelus wraps up the EP with a funky little fever dream to keep us dancing into the night and I couldn’t imagine it ending on a better note

Remixes can feel like unnecessary momentum extenders (cough, Skrillex’s “Sicko Mode” remix, cough) but there’s such a genuine purpose to this package. You can feel the passion of each producer taking their assigned track to places that are not only exciting in their own right, but give a welcomed perspective to just how wonderfully versatile Mild Minds’ EP is in the first place. There’s so many good vibes to go around here and it gives me a sense of ease knowing that there’s plenty of purity still thriving in the music scene.