Guerolito

Beck got it exactly right when he added the Spanish diminutive lito to the title of his remixed version of Guero: Stripped-down and amped-up, Guerolito is like Guero's spazzy, endearing little brother. Most of the remixers — Diplo, Boards of Canada, Adrock of the Beastie Boys and El-P — keep Beck's vocals pretty much intact, making the tracks feel more like mash-ups than reinventions. The best of them — Air's gorgeous take on "Missing," 8-Bit's Gary Numan-style "Hell Yes" — amplify what was great about the originals, using a signature element (in Air's case, a huge analog-synth line) to do the work of all the layers of the richly textured album versions. Turns out Guero is like a burrito: It tastes just as good with different fillings.

From The Archives Issue 989: December 15, 2005