Death From Above 1979 – Romantic Rights (Download Review)

DFA ’79 are re-releasing what is surely their finest hour as a series of remixes on download. The angular guitars of ‘Romantic Rights’ are tweaked and warped by Erol Alkan and Jesper Dahlback. Jesper Dahlback takes the choppy original and in his remix adds a throbbing bass, hand claps and squelching synths to build the track into a track that is designed to get lost in and dance. Dahlback also provides a ‘dub’ version that is no less driven by House and freed from the distraction from hedonism that the vocals might provide.

The more familiar Erol Alkan remix that helped propel the original release is also available in all its discopunk style glory. There is a furious intensity about the track as it takes the energy impossibly high, crashed and rebuilds beautifully. The end of the track seems to come all too soon and demands numerous replays.

Meanwhile, Josh Homme has given what sounds like an eastern flavour to ‘Black History Month’, the trademark aggressive guitars remain but they are subdued and now play second fiddle to the vocals. The result has more depth than the original, curiously sounding like a prog dance punk experiment you’d associate with French experimentalists.

Label : 679

Release Date : 31 October 2005

Website :

Tracks available for download

  • Romantic Rights (Jesper Dahlback Remix) [5:47]
  • Romantic Rights (Erol Alkan Remix) [6:22]
  • Black History Month (Josh Homme Remix) [4:40]
  • Romantic Rights (Jesper Dahlback Dub) [5:44]

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