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Currents Collectors Edition

The Tame Impala ,”Currents Collectors Edition” box set includes the album on limited edition red marbled vinyl with alternate artwork, a 12” featuring two remixes, and a 7” and flexidisc with three b-sides. Plus a poster and a zine of images and scribbles offering a candid glimpse into the making of “Currents”.

Now, just over two years since it was released, Tame Impala’s modern classic is getting the deluxe treatment, with a collector’s edition of the record set to be released next month.

Tame Impala first hinted at the emergence of this release way back in July of last year, but now we’re seeing something a lot more concrete. Announcing the news via social media and YouTube earlier , Tame Impala shared a video of Kevin Parker in the studio back in 2014, crafting one of the unheard songs that is set to appear on the new version of the record. With a release date set for November 17th, the Currents collector’s edition is set to include a gigantic array of fan-pleasing goodies, including the entire album on red marbled vinyl, with alternate artwork. Also included is a 12″ record with two remixes, a 7″ and a flexidisc record containing three B-sides, including a poster and zine, which contains a whole bunch of handwritten notes made by Kevin Parker during the recording session for the album.

 

While we wait for the collector’s edition of Currents to drop next month, check out Soulwax’s remix of ‘Let It Happen’, which we’re hoping will be included in the new edition.

If you’re keen on grabbing yourself a copy of the new edition of the record, head over to Tame Impala’s online store to pre-order yours. While there’s been no official announcement about it yet, some folks over on the Tame Impala subreddit on Reddit have discovered that the box set seems to be limited to 2,500 copies, so you might want to get in quick.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Tame Impala have released an expanded version of their records. Back in 2011, they released a new edition of their debut record “Innerspeaker”, which featured an extra disc titled Extraspeaker that included a bunch of rarities and remixes.

 

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It’s not been been very long since Belgian dance-rockers Soulwax remixed such ‘big deal artists’ like Arcade Fire and Pulp. But this new remix for ‘Let It Happen’ is kind of mindboggling, taken from Tame Impala’s latest album ‘Currents’. Here it becomes beefier and funkier, spanning beyond a whopping nine minutes. While I prefer the innocent fuzz drift of their original early material, this is definitely one of the better remixes I heard in 2015. Judge for yourself.

If you want to, you can pull Currents apart to its component influences – a pinch of Supertramp, some sinister late period Beatles, a heavy helping of 80s Michael Jackson. But the experience of listening to the album, both intensely emotional and the best dance record in years, is such a forceful and clear expression of Kevin Parker’s point of view that it feels totally unique and original.

The idea that album with this kind of intricate instrumental interplay and impeccable disco groove could be created by one affable soft-spoken dude in his house in Fremantle is an achievement in and of itself. It all adds up to as good a substitute for caffeine – or most other drugs – you could wish for. Start your day with ‘Let It Happen’, start your nights with ‘Reality In Motion’ and walk home to ‘New Person Same Old Mistakes’.

Currents succeeds as the greatest example of the high exemplar of 2015’s dominant musical idea – purity is bullshit, and authenticity is a myth. Deeply personal and wonderfully lyrically direct, this album proves that singing about heavy feels doesn’t have to be wrapped up in mopey acoustic guitar strumming, and that tracks which kill in a 3am DJ set can break your heart as savagely as any maudlin piano ballad.

There were some raised eyebrows over the fact that Tame Impala was the night headliner. Are they really at the “closing festivals” stage of their career already? Why not go with Wilco or Ryan Adams, both of whom—on paper at least—seem like more obvious choices? But Tame Impala proved the skeptics wrong this year, commanding the crowd’s attention and captivating them with their trippy psychedelia. Add to that dreamy, soaring sound a top-notch light show, and you’ve got everything you need for a successful headlining spot. New tracks from this year’s best album “Currents” sounded just as strong as the hits from their excellent Lonerism, and we’re excited to see these guys in the top-billed spot for years to come.

Intro – 0:00:39
Let It Happen – 0:04:31
Mind Mischief – 0:12:47
Why Won’t They Talk To Me – 0:17:57
Kevin speaks Dutch – 0:22:58
The Moment – 0:24:08
Elephant – 0:28:50
The Less I Know The Better – 0:32:53
Eventually – 0:36:44
Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? – 0:43:41
Happy Birthday Joey – 0:48:30
‘Cause I’m a Man – 0:50:00
Alter Ego – 0:54:22
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – 1:00:38
Apocalypse Dreams – 1:04:23