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Vampire Weekend Meets Toy Selectah – Contra Megamelt

With this “Free CD given away with initial copies of 2010 album “Contra,”” here we find myself, your intrepid reporter, admitting that I don’t know anything about Vampire Weekend, but the cover and the name attracted me to the purchase. Also, it was $1.50 for a 3-track single. Hard to say no!

Both Contramelt A and B are exclusive ‘megamixes’ of songs found on the Contra album.

Anyway, Contramelt A has a definite eastern, Indian feel to it. It’s a bit too techno/dance-y for me, but I can appreciate what happened here and I know many people would fall hugely for this. Contramelt B is almost classical at the start, then goes into a bouncy beat and a lot of experimental sounds that the dance crowd would really love. Myself, I thought it was rousing and interesting. I couldn’t play it all the time.

There’s also Cousinz (Toy Selectah Mex-More Remix), which goes even further into the electro-noise thing. It could be a fun tune if they laid off that damn scritchy noise over (almost) everything.

In Sum:

I get it, I do. I’m glad I didn’t pay a lot for it. I feel like I listened to world music and dace music all at once. And that’s cool, by me. but I’m not entirely sure how much I’d play it, going forward. Maybe I’d like the main Vampire Weekend album more…

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