You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge an artist by their remixes. The enigmatic English duo Mock & Toof shouldn't have any qualms with that. After all, the pair's notoriety has come thanks in large part to the strength of a few dozen club-disintegrating edits and radical re-envisionings. Mock & Toof first earned the ears of another pair of proficient remixers, Tim Goldworthy and James Murphy, when they blindly emailed a demo to an address listed on the Death From Above imprint's website.
Soon after, the duo would be routinely called upon to re-contextualize the work of The Juan Maclean, Holy Ghost, Hot Chip, and other crown jewels of the DFA stable. All that before their ecstatic, elastic-pop DFA debut, "Underwater," even saw the light of day in 2008. The single only increased the demand, as commissions rolled in from the likes of Maps, Scissor Sisters, Zero 7, Groove Armada, Ladyhawke & The Doves. But don't think a lengthy list of reworkings means these guys aren't able to create bangers of their own.
On the contrary. Tuning Echoes, released on their own Tiny Sticks label, proves there's more to this pair than the ability to turn up the dance knob on someone else's jam. The album -and the gloriously sing-songy "Farewell to Wendo" in particular- is a testament to strengthening one's own craft through strengthening others'. Ultimately, Mock & Toof is a production pair with a remarkable knack for editing, which makes Echoes an unimpeachably consistent listen.