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INTIMACY REMIXED is the remix album to Intimacy , the third album by indie rock band Bloc Party
Bloc Party
. It was released on 11 May 2009 in the United Kingdom through Wichita Recordings , the band's primary label, in limited edition CD and triple LP formats to coincide with Bloc Party's worldwide touring schedule. The record entered the UK Album Chart at number 79. In the United States, it achieved a peak of number 15 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

The band members gave each of the original tracks, including those on the deluxe edition of Intimacy, to a number of musicians from different genres; Mogwai
Mogwai
, Filthy Dukes , and No Age
No Age
were amongst those who reworked the songs. "Signs ( Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
Remix) " was released as a single and a music video was also made for "Ares (Villains Remix) ". Critics often considered the record as a poor showcase for electronic music , although a minority of reviewers commented that it was a forward-thinking piece of work.

CONTENTS

* 1 Release * 2 Critical reception * 3 Composition

* 4 Track listing

* 4.1 Bonus tracks

* 5 Release history * 6 Chart positions * 7 References * 8 External links

RELEASE

Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
is the second remix album of Bloc Party's work following Silent Alarm Remixed , the remix album to debut full-length release Silent Alarm
Silent Alarm
. Details of the record and its track listing were confirmed on 16 March 2009 after the band's European tour in support of Intimacy. Several dance acts, DJs, and alternative music groups were asked to rework tracks. Mogwai, whose debut album Mogwai Young Team is frontman Kele Okereke 's musical "Year Zero", were drafted in to remix "Biko". "Talons (Phones R.I.P Remix)" is Intimacy co-producer Paul Epworth 's last song remix under the "Phones" name. Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
's reaction to the release news was mixed; Tom Breihan indicated that the concept could be successful, but noted that the idea of remix albums in rock music has become stagnant.

Bloc Party
Bloc Party
spent much of March and April 2009 touring in the US and Canada in support of Intimacy Remixed. The band members invited fans attending their one-off London Olympia concerts on 11–12 April to film the performances on their mobiles and send the recordings to the band online. A music video for " Ares (Villains Remix) " was created by collating the resulting footage and was webcast . "Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)" was released as a promotional single on 27 April 2009. Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
was released in Europe on 11 May 2009. The album was distributed in the rest of the world on 26–27 May but no physical copies were released on US record labels. The cover art is a negative of the close-up of a couple kissing by freelance photographer Perry Curties used on Intimacy.

CRITICAL RECEPTION

PROFESSIONAL RATINGS

REVIEW SCORES

SOURCE RATING

BBC
BBC
(highly favourable)

Drowned in Sound (2/10)

The Irish Times
The Irish Times

NME
NME
(3/10)

Planet Sound (5/10)

PopMatters
PopMatters
(3/10)

Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
(3.2/10)

Rockfeedback

State.ie (favourable)

This Is Fake DIY (4/10)

Media response to Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
was generally negative. Emily Tartanella of PopMatters
PopMatters
explained that the remixers' efforts ultimately make Bloc Party's work "less engaging, less meaningful". Ben Patashnik of NME
NME
stated that the album is largely monotonous and includes too many pedestrian experiments in dance music. Drowned in Sound 's Chris Power indicated that "in putting their names to the album Bloc Party
Bloc Party
seem to be saying they either don't care about what they ask fans to spend their money on or they don't know much about electronic music".

BBC
BBC
's Lou Thomas was more receptive and commented that Intimacy Remixed is unprecedented in its field and entirely better than Intimacy. James Hendicott of State.ie described the album as "something special" that should appeal to both Bloc Party
Bloc Party
fans and dance music lovers due to its "highly listenable, subtly energetic sound". Pitchfork Media's Ian Cohen was largely disappointed with the record and concluded, "Remix albums all but acknowledge their own inessentiality—why not take more chances when only the diehards are going to subject themselves to 60 minutes of someone else's idea of what Intimacy could sound like?"

COMPOSITION

Electronic music
Electronic music
duo Villains reworked "Ares " by replacing the big beat percussion of the original with electronic drums and synthesisers. The result was compared to the music of French band Justice by Lou Thomas of the BBC. British DJ Hervé 's mix of Mercury " removes the horns of the original and instead includes keyboards in an electro house -like composition. We Have Band's version of "Halo" is the only dub song on the Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
and incorporates a modulating synth line on top of cut-up vocals. Alex Hibbert of Rockfeedback noted its "euphoric" percussion. Scottish post-rockers Mogwai
Mogwai
infused Bloc Party's blueprint in "Biko" with electronica elements. Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
added trance elements and extensive studio effects to "Signs".

"Trojan Horse" was given a drum and bass reworking by English DJ John B , while another U.S. DJ, Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
, remixed "Signs " through the inclusion of trance beats and studio effects such as high-pass filters . Synthpop
Synthpop
group Filthy Dukes took charge of "One Month Off " and created an electro house version of the track according to Chris Power of Drowned in Sound. Paul Epworth's "Talons (Phones R.I.P Remix)" contains samples from "You Don't Know Nothing About Love" by Carl Hall and the use of a vocoder . "Better Than Heaven" was remixed by American noise pop duo No Age
No Age
and begins with a rhythmic pattern on the piano. The song features feedback , distorted drumming, and backmasked vocals.

London-based Italian solo act Alessio Andalusia, under his Banjo or Freakout alias, provided the remix for "Ion Square" and created an ambient version of the original. The track infuses Bloc Party's blueprint with keyboards, looped strings , and ethereal vocals. Power concluded, "By taking the percolating synth from the end of the original version and wrapping the sweet ee cummings -borrowed lyric—"I carry your heart here with me"—in a dense cloud of treated, looped guitar, he produces a remix that ... offers an interesting, possibly even superior, reading of its source material." Album closer "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Optothetic Remix)" was named as a "generic commercial dance music" song by Lee White of This Is Fake DIY .

TRACK LISTING

All songs originally written and composed by Bloc Party
Bloc Party
and remixed by each credited artist.

NO. TITLE LENGTH

1. " Ares (Villains Remix) " 5:31

2. "Mercury (Hervé Is in Disarray Remix)" 4:49

3. "Halo (We Have Band Dub)" 4:34

4. "Biko ( Mogwai
Mogwai
Remix)" 4:24

5. "Trojan Horse ( John B
John B
Remix)" 6:53

6. "Signs ( Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
Remix) " 5:47

7. " One Month Off
One Month Off
( Filthy Dukes Remix)" 5:47

8. "Zephyrus (Phase One Remix)" 4:10

9. "Talons (Phones R.I.P Mix)" 5:16

10. "Better Than Heaven ( No Age
No Age
Remix)" 3:01

11. "Ion Square (Banjo or Freakout Remix)" 4:24

12. "Letter to My Son (Gold Panda Remix)" 5:33

13. "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Optothetic Remix)" 5:06

* The limited edition UK triple LP version and the Japanese edition include "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Double D Remix)" as track 13.

BONUS TRACKS

* "Talons" (Acoustic) – 4:32 – track 14 on the Japanese edition * "Signs" (Acoustic) – 3:24 – track 15 on the Japanese edition

RELEASE HISTORY

REGION DATE LABEL FORMAT(S) CATALOG

United Kingdom 11 May 2009 Polydor
Polydor
Limited edition LP 3621210

Wichita Recordings Limited edition CD, digital download WEBB210

Europe CD

United States 26 May 2009 Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
Digital download —

Japan 27 May 2009 Hostess CD HSE-70062

CHART POSITIONS

ALBUM

CHART (2009) PEAK

UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
79

Billboard 200
Billboard 200
(US) —

Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums (US) 15

Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders ) 71

Japanese Albums Chart —

SINGLES

SONG PEAK

UK

"Signs ( Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
Remix) " 115

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

REFERENCES

* ^ "Bloc Party: Releases". blocparty.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. * ^ " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
to release \'Intimacy\' remix album – exclusive". NME
NME
. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. * ^ A B Breihan, Tom (21 January 2009). " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
Tour Tirelessly". Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
. Retrieved 12 August 2009. * ^ A B C D Breihan, Tom (16 March 2009). "No Age, Mogwai
Mogwai
Sign on for Bloc Party
Bloc Party
Remix Album". Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
. Retrieved 12 August 2009. * ^ A.V. Club staff (17 September 2007). "It Was 40 10 Years Ago Today: 18 Reasons 1997 Might Be The Next 1967". The A.V. Club . Retrieved 14 April 2009. * ^ A B C D Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
(CD booklet and case back cover). Bloc Party . London: Wichita Recordings . 2009. * ^ A B " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
invite fans to make new video". Metro . 12 May 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. * ^ A B "Official Singles Chart: For the week ending 2 May 2009". ChartsPlus
ChartsPlus
. Milton Keynes: UK ChartsPlus
ChartsPlus
(401): 3. * ^ A B C D Thomas, Lou (8 May 2009). "Bloc Party: Intimacy Remixed – Review". BBC
BBC
. Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B C D E F G Power, Chris (13 May 2009). "Bloc Party: Intimacy Remixed". Drowned in Sound . Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ Carroll, Jim (8 May 2009). "Rock/Pop – Bloc Party: Intimacy Remixed". The Irish Times
The Irish Times
. Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B C Patashnik, Ben (8 May 2009). "Album Review: Bloc Party". NME
NME
. Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ Earls, John. "Bloc Party/Intimacy Remixed". Planet Sound . Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B Tartanella, Emily (16 July 2009). "Bloc Party: Intimacy Remixed". PopMatters
PopMatters
. Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B C Cohen, Ian (14 May 2009). "Bloc Party: Intimacy Remixed". Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
. Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B C Hibbert, Alex. " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
– Intimacy Remixed (Universal)". Rockfeedback. Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B C Hendicott, James (15 June 2009). " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
– Intimacy Remixed". State . Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ A B C D E White, Lee (13 May 2009). "Album Reviews / Bloc Party – Intimacy Remixed". This Is Fake DIY . Retrieved 25 July 2009. * ^ See ratings. * ^ A B C Dixon, Rob (15 May 2009). "Bloc Party: Intimacy Remixed". Inthenews. Retrieved 12 August 2009. * ^ " Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
UK Triple LP". Esprit International. Retrieved 8 August 2009. * ^ "インティマシー・リミックスト : ブロック・パーティー (Intimacy Remixed: Bloc Party)" (in Japanese). Oricon
Oricon
. Retrieved 8 August 2009. * ^ "Official Album Chart: For the week ending 16 May 2009". ChartsPlus
ChartsPlus
. Milton Keynes: UK ChartsPlus
ChartsPlus
(403): 6. * ^ A B "Bloc Party: Album & Song Chart History". Billboard . Retrieved 20 June 2009. * ^ " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
– Intimacy Remixed". Ultratop . Retrieved 20 June 2009.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Intimacy Remixed
Intimacy Remixed
press release at Bloc Party
Bloc Party
official site *

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