Boomkat Product Review:
No strangers to being on the receiving end of a remix, Yo La Tengo this time undergo a selection of hip-hop themed overhauls from De La Soul, RJD2 and Pete Rock, having previously worked with the likes of Tortoise, Kevin Shields and μ- Ziq. As Yo La Tengo songs go, 'Here' To Fall' takes on a wistful, uncharacteristically epic quality, calling upon some stirringly soulful instrumentation in the form of spacey rhodes piano, head-spinning wah-wah sounds and a great Serge Gainsbourg-like string arrangement. The De La Soul version dismantles the original right down to its vocal, a few churning power chords and a mighty, shuffling beat. The song remains very much intact, and the piece feels like a triumph of minimalist production. Pete Rock concocts a heavier sound, setting down a crunching kick-snare arrangement and inserting a few vocal ad-libs. The best entry comes from RJD2, who lays on a fuller sounding spread, putting the original's strings to excellent use while hammering out some choice, vintage funk-styled beats and the occasional bluesy sample.