Rostam has released Part II of his new, collaborative remix project, Changephobia Remixes. The complete version includes remixes by Japanese Wallpaper, EasyFun, ROTH BART BARON, and Ben Böhmer. The first installment, featuring remixes by A. G. Cook, Billy Lemos, and AK Paul, arrived in November.
One of the founding members of Vampire Weekend and producer of their first three albums, Rostam Batmanglij has producing albums for HAIM’s Women in Music Pt III, and Clairo’s Immunity, to soundtrack work for film and television, as well as collaborative work with Hamilton Leithauser, Lykke Li, Maggie Rogers and many others.
Rostam explains the inspirations and situations behind each remix:
“Ben (Böhmer) reached out about remixing ‘From the Back of a Cab’ and at the time I was unfamiliar with his music. I love his mix because it feels equally fitting for a morning commute or a night out in Berlin.
“Finn (aka EasyFun)’s ‘Be Your USA’ was my summer jam for 2018. I’ll always connect his unique musical style to that summer and this remix reminds of it in the best way.
“The drums on the original version of ‘Bio18’ song have all been replaced by the tabla performance by Neelamjit Dhillon. Though there are no tablas on my second album, my first album had tabla on the songs ‘Wood’ and ‘When.’ I liked that this remix serves as a connective tissue between the two records.
“Japanese Wallpaper aka Gab did this minimalist take of ‘These Kids We Knew’ and since he is on Australian time I received it in the middle of the night. I love that I first heard it in the middle of the night and in the morning it sounded like a dream to me.
“Roth Bart Baron are a group from Japan whose song ‘霓と虹 ‘I remixed recently myself. Their remix of Kinney was surprising and exciting at the same time. It was an unexpected take on a song that took some unexpected turns in and of itself.”
1. Kinney (A. G. Cook Remix)
2. These Kids We Knew (AK Paul Remix)
3. 4Runner (Backyard Version)
4. From the Back of a Cab (Billy Lemos Remix)
5. Bio18 (Tabla Version)
6. 4Runner (EasyFun Remix)
7. These Kids We Knew (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)
8. From the Back of a Cab (Ben Böhmer Remix)
9. Kinney (ROTH BART BARON Remix)