VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Free Design: CD

The Free Design were apparently some ‘60s band who stomped the same mellow rock terra as bands like the Association. They have developed some modicum of cult status in the ensuing years since their dissolution, which explains why musicians like Madlib, Stereolab, Super Furry Animals, Dangermouse, Peanut Butter Wolf, and others have “redesigned” some of the band’s tunes. The resulting remixes are actually quite good, coming off as something Holly Golightly (the heroine of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and not the Headcoatee) might be rockin’ on her hi-fi if she was feelin’ a tad funky. This could’ve been really, really bad, but those involved have pulled it off, coming up with something that manages a level of hip freshness while showing proper respect for the past.

 –jimmy (Light in the Attic)