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Remix CD on Ipecac featuring Eye, Ranaldo, Makoto, Merzbow etc. etc..

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Chicken Switch by Melvins
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8/10 Ant 25 September 2009
It was years ago when I first read about a Melvins remix album, it had been so long I totally forgot about it and then all of a sudden it appeared. Now Melvins are a band very close to my heart and to most people the thought of one of your favorite rock bands of all time getting remixed would be sac religious to the source material. I'm not sentimental about it though and when I read the list of remixers I was very excited about hearing what had been done. It's an all star cast right here, just clock the list: Eye Yamatsuka, Christoph Heeman, V/Vm, John Duncan, Matmos, Lee Ranaldo, Merzbow, David Scott Stone, Panacea, Sunroof!, Kawabata Makoto, Farmers Manuel, Void Manes, RLW, Speedranch!!!!!! Eye Yamatsuka begins by mangling things right up with 'Sk8tronics', Heemans mix is ghostly and really very sweet indeed. Then V/Vm butchers things in his unique style and makes a bloody good racket and all, sounds kinda evil! John Duncan does a mighty fine job at reassembling the band but keeping true to their spirit. Matmos techno things up a bit with some bleepy action, while keeping Buzzo's guitar in an almost recognizable state. What Lee Ranaldo does to the Eggnog tracks is super nice in a kinda megamix sorta fashion. Merzbow brings the noise over a looped Crover ping pong type rhythm. David Scott Stone brings a totally monged out drone vibe. Panacea does his take on electroclash using audio from 'Queen' from the ace Stoner Witch LP. I never would have expected to hear this in a million years. I expected he would have splattered it with amens. Surprisingly the band selected Matthew Bower's Sunroof! alias as opposed to Skull flower and it's a refreshing nugget of reduced psychedelia Acid Mothers man Kawabata adds some extra filth and echo into what then becomes a distorted chaotic industrial riot!!! Farmers Manual take the sounds and transform them into their out there electronic zone. 'Nightgoat' gets well and truly buggered by Void Manes (???). Obscure electronic dude RLW introduces some heady frequencies with messed up sample parts. And then Speedranch does a good job with a dynamic mix that goes into all kinds of messed up places with breakcore/ noise and bizarrely some Fatboy Slim samples. He clearly got distracted there and must have forgot he was supposed remixing the Melvins, He gets back on task though and ends the package on a high. I reckon a lot of these mixes where done way back and I dare say some bits do sound a little dated. I'm amazed that Hot Chip never made it one here :p 'Chicken Switch' is CD only and out on Ipecac. Die-hard Melvins fans will have a laugh being all nerdy and spotting the original source material used here.


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