The Aston Shuffle is EPIC. You may have noticed that we really enjoy them here on CasaSwoop (just check our earlier posts). Yet another unbelievably talented duo out of the Australian electro scene, The Aston Shuffle have done a great job of producing tracks that push the limits in a number of ways. With “Tear It Down,” they confront more conventional house elements with some more progressive indietronica elements. They manage to blend them remarkably well. First, you get that incredibly powerful lead vocal that is honestly the star of this track, such a common element of house-centered tracks. The beat as well seems to push this trend with a very uptempo rhythm. Just as soon as you think you have a grasp of where this song is headed, you’re slapped with a mind-blowingly intricate set of synth lines. Oddly enough, if you added a funky bass line underneath, it might easily double as a disco groove. Somehow though, the complexity of it feels oddly natural within the instrumentation like the sampled vocal and relatively understated bass. As a result, it’s a very exposed synth line, so when the vocal does come back in, it’s such a contrast of styles. That type of conversation across styles is what makes tracks like these, and by extension The Aston Shuffle, so exciting. I’ve said before that I believe these types of tracks are like playgrounds for remix artists and that’s no exception for Gamper & Dadoni. The duo from Germany take a very different approach to this song, something that becomes quite apparent almost instantly. You’re immediately placed in a very sultry R&B mood with a smooth piano, a soulfully strummed guitar line, and the repurposing of the vocal as an R&B line, rather than the epic house anthem we hear in the original. It’s incredible how those little stylistic changes completely change the context of the vocal. Oddly enough, just as you get into the smooth R&B mood, you’re dropped into this low toned bass and simple lower register synth line. It’s the sort of change that catches me a bit too off guard, unlike the original where those changes are more refreshing. Then comes the saxophone, which (I have to admit) was a pretty interesting touch. It really livens up the track and pushes the boundaries of how far most people are willing to go with remixes. All in all, it’s a good track, but I don’t think it’s as strong as the original (no easy task, I might add). This track does, however, do a fantastic job of being risky with their decisions, especially adding so much instrumentation, like the acoustic guitar and of course the saxophone. Please listen to them both below and let us know what you think in the comments section!