Earlier this year, Gang Gang Dance released the mind-melding track 'MindKilla' as a double A-side 12" alongside 11-minute opus 'Glass Jar' (taken from the New York group's fifth studio album Eye Contact). Propelled by the tight pulsating beats from Jesse Lee, and eerie and ambient samples rising from the keyboards of Brian DeGraw and guitar of Josh Diamond, 'MindKilla' mixes lyrics borrowed from 'Hush Little Baby' and Lizzi Bougatsos' vocal delivery lends a deeply sinister edge to the usually innocent traditional lullaby.
Placed in the hands of veteran reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, 'MindKilla' has been stripped bare and transformed into an 8-minute wonder, interlaced with the Jamaican pioneer's hallmark rhythms and charismatic toasting.
Speaking of his experience remixing 'MindKilla', Lee "Scratch" Perry said:
"I did have a great fun in the studio in Negril (Jamaica) recreating the riddim. The ingeneers and people around also enjoyed the vibes and the great voice of Lizzi. All the blessings for the remix from LSP."
Gang Gang Dance member Brian DeGraw commented:
"I feel blessed...like ACTUALLY blessed...to have made some form of musical communion with LSP. I think about him a lot in day to day life but never really imagined our paths would cross in any other way. And I really have to give it up for anyone who gets handed a song about fear and turns it into a club banger about eating cops. Perfect."
Download 'MindKilla (Lee "Scratch" Perry remix)' here.
Download the original version of 'MindKilla' here.
The band tour North America in July and then September/October. All dates listed below. In advance of those shows, watch Gang Gang Dance's mesmerising 4AD Session here.
8th July - Brighton Music Hall, Boston
9th July - Il Motore, Montreal
10th July - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
11th July - Grog Shop, Cleveland
12th July - Outland Live, Columbus
13th July - Zanzabar, Louisville
14th July - The Bishop, Bloomington
15th July - Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago
17th July - Brillobox, Pittsburgh
18th July - Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington
19th July - Ottobar, Baltimore
20th July - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia