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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Deftones – Rocket Skates (M83 Remix)

December 6, 2010

27. Deftones – Rocket Skates (M83 Mix).mp3

First of all, I’m never really sure whether to pronounce them as the Def-tones or the Deft-ones. (Wiki says “Def-tones,” but then Wiki says a lot of stuff. I’m going to go with the second.)

If you had to listen to one nu-metal band, you could do a whole lot worse than Chino Moreno’s band, which has been a formative force in many lesser nu-metal bands. Needless to say, we’ll try no to hold that against them.

But what we’re really here for is the remix. And m83 do a number on this one. Somehow, through unholy electronic sorcery, m83 manage to crank up the aggression while simultaneously losing every single guitar. There’s not a single six-string chord in sight and yet, the track still sounds raw and unhinged. Moreno’s vocals deserve some of the credit here, helping to pace the tune while being set adrift from his usual rhythm section.

It all adds up to a Deftones track that I would not only listen to, but listen to repeatedly.

The rest of the Top 50.

-CLT

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