Apr 2012 24

Hypefactor - Descriptive: The RemixesHypefactor
Category: Electro-pop / Rock
Album: Descriptive: The Remixes
Stars: 3
Blurb: The latest single from Hypefactor offers up a bittersweet selection of remixes that provide only the slightest hint of what’s to come.


After their initial association with Tinman and then eventually releasing two singles and the Exit Strategies full-length on their own MOGworld Recordings, New York’s Hypefactor hooks up with the Custom Made Music roster for this latest EP to foreshadow what the band has in store. Starting off with the single mix to introduce “Descriptive,” Hypefactor once again exhibit an edgy yet appealing pop sensibility, combining ambient electronics with clean pop rock tones that make for a song as catchy and familiar as it is flavorful and modern. Brandt Gassman’s subtly masterful touch on the guitars dances with F.J. DeSanto’s thrumming bass lines and restrained but flowing vocals, as Liz Hynes returns to provide a beautiful harmonic accompaniment that only adds to the song’s lushness. Six remixes follow for what should be an assorted mélange of styles and interpretations, and while the versions by The New Division and Screen Vinyl Image both take on an even more ambient/electro tonality with washes of sweeping pads and layers of alternating synth arpeggios, the structure of the song remains the same in these two versions. Not that that’s necessarily a negative, except that with the other remixes taking more chances with the song’s elements and progressions, they seem much less interesting in retrospect. Case in point, the collaborative remix by Baye and Deckard emphasizes the instrumentation, with the slapping funkiness of Charles LaBarbara’s bass taking prominence as Hynes’ voice is brought to the fore acting as much as an element of texture and atmosphere. The Clan of the Xy mix by WRKWRD takes on the quality of a danceable dub mix with the vocals being for the most part absent aside from a few distorted chorus lines that mesh with the music, while the Teff-Teff remix stands out as the most divergent with its booming overdriven breakbeat and slower tempo, which in tandem with the low piano tones makes for an ominously noisy interpretation. Fellow New York duo The Dossier closes the EP out with a version that, like the first two remixes, follows the song’s original structure, albeit it with some variation in chord progression and with vocalist Peter Riley lending his sonorous voice reminiscent of Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal to complement DeSanto and Hynes. Some tribal percussive patterns are added for flavor, and the electronics in this version are airily beautiful, making for an entertaining if not terribly adventurous remix. Given its status as a single, Descriptive is effective enough with its various mixes to showcase Hypefactor’s musical strengths and provide the slightest hint of what avenues the band plans to explore on the upcoming album. Alas, it is only the slightest hint, making for some enjoyable if not terribly essential listening.
Track list:

  1. Descriptive (Single Mix)
  2. Descriptive (The New Division Remix)
  3. Descriptive (Screen Vinyl Image Remix)
  4. Descriptive (Baye + Deckard Remix)
  5. Descriptive (Clan of the Xy Remix)
  6. Descriptive (Teff-Teff Remix)
  7. Descriptive (The Dossier Remix)

Hypefactor Website http://www.hypefactor.com
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Custom Made Music Website http://www.custommademusicva.com
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Custom Made Music Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Custom-Made-Music/44475896156
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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)


  1. baye says:

    Two things come to mind after reading this very well-written review:

    1. In the case of the Baye + Deckard remix,
    the bass parts were written and performed by Charles LaBarbara (Deckard).

    2. I understand and share the reviewers passion for adventurous remixes, especially regarding arrangements. However, another perspective I personally like to entertain is that of “remix as co-production”. I like to envision certain remixes as what the original song would sound like if the remixer were hired as producer by the band. In this way I can more appreciate remixes that don’t focus on altering the original arrangement. Just figured I’d share.


    • Ilker Yücel says:

      Thank you so much for the comment and for the insight – I’ve made the correction in the ReView.
      I certainly agree that many remixes do follow the notion of the remixer as producer; it’s just a matter of personal taste for me.
      As objective as I try to be, ReViews do have to include the writer’s personal opinion to some degree. =)
      But that said, your points are valid and it’s gratifying to get an artist/producer/remixer’s perspective. I thank you very much!

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