TRACK REVIEW: 100 gecs and Dorian Electra teamed up for a catchy rework of a fan favorite.
For all but the most invested music listeners, 100 gecs’ 2019 album 1000 gecs served as an introduction to the duo’s wildly unique (and uniquely wild) sound. The band, a partnership between experimental music titans Dylan Brady and Laura Les, has a sound that is nearly undefinable – veering from genre to genre with a reckless abandon that seems theoretically exhausting. In actuality, the album was a rousing success, lauded by fans and critics alike.
Then, in October of last year, just a few short months after the release of 1000 gecs, the band announced that their follow-up wouldn’t be another album, but instead a remixed version of their first. In the time since, the band has dropped a slow trickle of singles from that still-upcoming project, featuring the likes of A.G. Cook, Injury Reserve, Charli XCX, Kero Kero Bonito, Rico Nasty, and now Chicago genderfuck pop icon Dorian Electra.
The one thing that is already apparent about this remix album is that these aren’t going to just be the same songs with a bit of a danced-up beat – these tracks are dismantled, reimagined, and built back up again as something completely new. Each of the featured artists have brought their own unique perspective to the tracks, and each one feels as authentic to their own aesthetic as it has 100 gecs’.
On this new version of “Gec 2 ü”, Dorian Electra contributes a significant portion of the vocals on the track, but that’s not the only change. The production here eases off on the noisy distortion of the original, replacing it with a gothy, witchy techno feel that is very remnicent of Dorian’s own Flamboyant album, also released last year. It is interesting, because 100 gecs’ own Dylan Brady did a significant amount of production work on that album as well. It’s a lot of fun to hear him play around with bringing elements of that soundscape to his own band’s work.
The final product is insanely fun, if absolutely nonsensical. There isn’t much of a stylistic through line here, but that is pretty standard for a 100 gecs track. Overall, it is so much fun to hear Dorian and the gecs crew working together here. Taken in combination with the other tracks released from the remix project so far, it seems like it’s definitely one to watch out for. If the remix project follows the lead of the original, there should still be six more remixes to wait for.
In the meantime, you can listen to the Dorian Electra remix of “Gec 2 ü” below, and be sure to tell me what you think in the comments.