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Kero Kero Bonito remix Max Tundra's "MBGATE"

10 August 2022, 12:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Max Tundra has unveiled another outing from his Remixtape ahead of its release on Friday (12 August), which is a Kero Kero Bonito remix of his Mastered by Guy at the Exchange song "MBGATE".

Following the release of Katie Dey's cover of Max Tundra's Parallax Error Beheads You track "Will Get Fooled Again" last month, Kero Kero Bonito have remixed his Mastered by Guy at the Exchange track "MBGATE".

Kero Kero Bonito's Gus Bonito says, "For me, Max Tundra was a foundational fixture in a teenagedom spent discussing MilkyTracker and charity shop expeditions in between romance and house parties. He was possibly the first musician to collate the references that later codified our corner of pop music, like trance supersaws, jazz fusion chords and hated General MIDI sounds. Such tropes represent pop's capacity to spin wit and craft into impossible compulsion, and also - crucially - challenge arbitrary cultural orthodoxy (especially in the '00s, but even now)."

"The original track constructs a neck-snapping groove through dizzying sample editing, and we had little choice but to base our track on this groove wholesale, though our cheerleader chants and unplayable solos are two KKB trademarks that sit happily in Max Tundra's universe too," Gus Bonito adds. "Today, we're doing the mashing up, and the collective quest for magic pop continues, but Max Tundra's discography remains a frontier marker for where music can go."

Max Tundra, real name Ben Jacobs says, "The fleshing out of the weirdo disco portion of my 20-year-old musical capsule into a fully-fledged verse-chorus pop anthem is one of the most unexpected, life-affirming treats I have ever received. I couldn't believe how the good folks at Kero Kero Bonito managed to unlock such a prize. I hope it brings you as much joy and euphoria as it did for me."

Remixtape will also include June's A. G. Cook remix of "Lights", as well as other contributions from BABii, Julia Holter and more. Remixtape will also be released alongside reissues of Max Tundra's Some Best Friend You Turned Out to Be, Mastered by Guy at the Exchange and Parallax Error Beheads You albums.

Kero Kero Bonito's remix of "MBGATE" is out now. Max Tundra's Some Best Friend You Turned Out to Be, Mastered by Guy at the Exchange and Parallax Error Beheads You reissues will arrive via Domino on Friday (12 August) with his Remixtape, and are available to pre-order now.
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