announcing A. G. Cook remix album ‘Apple vs 7G’ with Charli XCX
PC Music proudly announces co-founder A. G. Cook’s forthcoming remix album Apple vs 7G with ‘XCXOPLEX’, his first track on the label together with his long-term collaborator, the boundary breaking pop-artist and songwriter, Charli XCX.
Apple vs 7G features remixes and edits of songs from Cook’s pair of acclaimed 2020 albums Apple and 7G, together with Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, Hannah Diamond, No Rome, Oklou, Baauer, Boys Noize, Airhead, Eartheather, GRRL + more. PC Music is a collaborative outfit like no other – A. G. and all the artists in the PC world are constantly cross-pollinating each other's music, feeding into a fruitful and unique creative world. The remix album and two previous albums embody this approach to their very core.
‘XCXOPLEX ‘featuring Charli XCX, is a powerful rework of “Xxoplex” taken from Apple, and sees the duo push the boundaries of pop once more, the first time both artists have officially featured on a track together. The original “Xxoplex” was a work of controlled chaos with flickers of beauty shimmering beneath the surface, a track described by Cook as “the dark, industrial heart of Apple”. The rework brings the melodies of the original out of the darkness into the light, with Charli adding a soaring vocal hook at it’s centre.
Hannah Diamond and Sarah Bonito angelically step into the vocal booth for their remix of ‘The Darkness’, following the bouncing escapism of Caroline Polachek’s ‘Oh Yeah’ and bass nihilism of umru on ‘2021’. French singer Oklou delivers a classic acoustic cover of ‘Being Harsh’, Denzel Himself delivers furious stuttering beats for ‘H202’, Boyz Noize head straight to euphoric dancefloors for ‘Stargon’ and there’s the off-kilter pop of GRRL ‘Gold Leaf’. New York’s Eartheater delivers a breathless drum n bass version of ‘The Darkness’, caro <3 ‘Drinks Blood’ and Max Tundra hark back to classic dream pop.
On Apple vs 7G Cook says, ”When I was working on both Apple and 7G, I really wanted to capture the fun, limitless potential of music – a sense that anything could happen at any time. After so many directions, it felt logical to tie up both campaigns by pitting the two albums against each other. The remixers range from frequent collaborators to longtime influences, and the tracklist includes edits and covers that happened naturally over the last few months, either as part of other people's mixes or virtual live sets. There's really no organising principle other than the feeling that everything is a remix.”
2020 was a landmark year for Cook, who released two albums 7G and Apple. 7G was an all encompassing 49 track album, splitting key ingredients of Cook’s sound into 7 individual discs of 7 tracks. Apple was a tight 11 track collection, combining the sounds of 7G into one cohesive whole.
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Speaking on Apple Cook said, “ I've always been interested in the blurred line between bedroom and professional studio production, and at what point a personality either gets created or accidentally takes shape. For me there's a great sense of freedom in combining something slick with something naive – a reality where anything could happen. In calling the album ‘Apple’, I wanted to draw attention to one of the simplest, most everyday objects, which somehow contains references to almost everything imaginable – from computers to The Beatles, New York to Snow White, and an entire world of history and mythology. A little free advertising doesn't hurt”