In honor of the recent remix of his single by CFCF, Curtis Everett Pawley offers Document a playlist of his own favorite reproductions

In an era defined by its mass of multihyphenates (or, at least, alleged multihyphenates), the manifold of a person isn’t so surprising. Curtis Everett Pawley is one of the few to emerge from the thicket of writers/photographers/artists/archivists/part-time baristas to embody that descriptor as more than just a hobbyist. He’s best-known as a reigning instigator in the redemption of the bro-cast (think: How Long Gone, Joshua Citarella), reclaiming cool for male podcasters in a way that combats the instinctive social-swipe-left their class has otherwise invoked.

Pawley’s podcast, The Ion Pack, is scathing and specific in its critiques, saying and memeing that which most of us reserve for hyper-curated group chats. It’s surprising, then, that his music is characterized by sincerity, favoring the sort of pop-rock with straightforward storylines that most artists have traded in for obscure references, hyper- or pseudo-intellectualized lyrics, and a desperation for all things “genre-bending.” Under the moniker The Life, the “Prince of New York Nightlife” envelops his music with an unself-conscious earnestness; on “Grace,” he whines, “The train is leaving / Homeward bound / I ran into you / You made me come around.”

In honor of the recent remix of his single by CFCF, Pawley offers Document a playlist of his own favorite reproductions—smart and seductive and sexy feats in sampling.

“Baby (Breakbot Remix)” by Pnau
“My absolute favorite remix of all time. It sounds amazing on a dance floor, of course. But when you wake up, immediately go for a walk with this on your headphones, and you’ll quickly realize anything is possible.”

“Come Together (Andrew Weatherall Remix)” by Primal Scream
“An extended version of the classic that does away with the lead vocals entirely—distilling the atmosphere and feeling of the song, and expanding it until it’s all around you and you start ascending. Music rarely sounds this inviting, but when it does, how can you argue that we need to come together?”

“Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Mix)” by Cornershop
“Sometimes you just need to speed a song up a little, and put a breakbeat under it. Fatboy Slim is a genius.”

“Girls Just Wanna Have Dub” by Chromatics
“Chromatics remixing their own cover of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ The best covers always reveal something else in the lyrics—a perspective you wouldn’t have seen otherwise—and Ruth Radalet’s wistful vocal does just that.”

“Full Body” by Ana Caprix
“A forgotten classic from the SoundCloud era, but has stood the test of time. A remix of Travis Scott’s ‘Upper Echelon’ or of Solarstone’s ‘Seven Cities,’ depending on how you look at it.”

“The best covers always reveal something else in the lyrics—a perspective you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.”

“Missing (Todd Terry Remix)” by Everything But The Girl
“Tracey Thorn sounds even more captivating as the beat rolls on. Just let it carry you off. An absolute classic.”

“Zombie (Camel’s Hump Mix) by The Orb” by The Cranberries
“What about a remix for the ride home? An insanely hypnotic, otherworldly, chill-out odyssey from The Orb, with the familiar melody helping pull you along. Tune in, drop out.”

“New Noise (Bloody Beetroots Remix)” by Refused
“Refused is one of my all-time favorite bands, and they’re what I want to hear on the dance floor. It seems like the Bloody Beetroots had the same idea.”

“4 AM (Adam K and Soha Mix)” by Kaskade
“More music to ascend to. Best setting is driving on the highway at night, when you still have a ways to go.”

“Walking Machine (SebastiAn Remix)” by Revl9n
“I could’ve put any SebastiAn remix on this list—he’s the absolute master. Still sounds fresher than ever. This hits like powerviolence or something.”

“Where Is Home? (Burial Remix)” by Bloc Party
“Burial’s music is something I can’t even put into words. It does something no other music can do. He twists this Bloc Party track into something beyond. Every Burial track has quick, fleeting moments I could live inside forever, and this remix is full of them.”

“6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)” by Sneaker Pimps
“A remix so good that the official music video uses it instead of the original. A subtle but true elevation, and some of my favorite sampling of all time.”

“Kinetic (Orbital Mix)” by Golden Girls
“Equal parts sexy, ecstatic, and dreamy. And an acid midsection. And it has the Fairlight Shakuhachi sample, one of the best sounds of all time.”