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While Dave Sitek is best known as TV On the Radio’s guitarist, he has also built a reputation as a producer par excellence by working with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, and Holly Miranda. For his newest project, Maximum Balloon, Sitek recruited some of his favorite vocalists, including Theophilus London, Karen O., and David Byrne to add guest vocals to his songs.
The album version of “Groove Me” is a synth-drenched, guilty pleasure, and Jneiro Jarel’s remix doesn’t stray too far from the original’s structure. The Philadelphia-based producer plays up the backbeat, adds cowbell, and scuffs up the slick ‘80s veneer a little, but he wisely leaves London’s magnetic vocals at the front of the mix. London, a Brooklyn-based artist who has collaborated with Mark Ronson as Chauffer, and rapped over dance beats while referencing the Smiths on “Humdrum Town,” is a singular talent whose come hither vocals carry both versions of the song.
Check out Maximum Balloon in its entirety when it’s released by Interscope on September 20, 2010.