A steady drum track, catchy keyboard riff, and mesmerizing melodica accompaniment make Small Black’s “Despicable Dogs” a thoroughly engaging track. It communicates nostalgia for a time and place that the song renders intimate and tangible. I am hooked on the combination of intonation and imagery with the lines “smoke machine begins to blow” and “indifferent to the written wall.” In addition to the studio version of this song, I have also been listening to Washed Out’s remix. In many ways, it feels like a very different song from Small Black’s original version. The tempo is slower, the sound is synth driven, and the vocals are textually smoother. For those reasons, Wahed Out’s remix is an interesting listen since he effectively places his stylistic mark on the track. After the jump is a video of Small black performing “Despicable Dogs.” Is that Juan from Pitchfork’s Juan’s Basement on bass???