I just received this little tidbit of new information from Ratatat, as reported on their official site and MySpace page.
"New Ratatat mixtape coming soon!
14 new remixes featuring: Bun B, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude, Young Jeezy, T.I., Beanie Sigel, Pimp C, Ludacris, Young Buck, Saigon, Juvenile, Z-ro, Memphis Bleek, Kanye West +exclusive tracks from Despot and Beans.."
My only question now is, how soon is soon? The first Ratatat Mixtape was a self-released effort in 2004 and was sold primarily at their live shows, but it looks like this time around the remix album will be more widely available. The two members (guitarist Mike Stroud and synthesizer driver and producer Evan Mast) apply their brand of electronic music to the vocal stylings of current popular rap and hip hop artists, and for the most part they vastly improve on the original recordings.
Hear a track from the Ratatat Mixtape Vol. 2:
Z-ro, Devin the Dude & Juvenile - "The Mule (Ratatat remix)"
And from Ratatat Mixtape Vol. 1:
Beanie Sigel - "When You Hear That (Ratatat remix)"
Kanye West - "Get Em High (Ratatat remix)"
The boys from Ratatat will be making another stop in Austin on Friday, April 6th at Emo's. Current tour dates, below.
Feb 16 2007 Point Ephemére Paris
Feb 17 2007 Beurrschouwburg Brussels
Feb 18 2007 Kamp Bielefeld
Feb 19 2007 Club 103 Berlin
Feb 20 2007 Prinzenbar Hamburg
Feb 21 2007 Loppen Copenhagen
Feb 22 2007 Pink Flag Malmo
Feb 23 2007 Debaser Stockholm
Feb 24 2007 Sticky Finger Gothenburg
Feb 25 2007 Garage Oslo
Mar 15 2007 Paradise Boston, Maine
Mar 16 2007 Showplace Theatre Buffalo, New York
Mar 17 2007 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 18 2007 Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio
Mar 19 2007 Southgate House Newport, Kentucky
Mar 21 2007 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
Mar 23 2007 Bluebird Theatre Denver, Colorado
Mar 24 2007 In the Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 26 2007 Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Mar 27 2007 Neumo's Seattle, Washington
Mar 28 2007 Richard's on Richard's Vancouver
Mar 29 2007 Wow Hall Eugene, Oregon
Mar 30 2007 Bimbo's San Francisco, California
Apr 1 2007 Glass House Pomona, California
Apr 2 2007 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, California
Apr 6 2007 Emo's Austin, TX
Apr 10 2007 The Loft Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 16 2007 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
Apr 17 2007 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Apr 18 2007 Webster Hall New York, New York