8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 14 October 2010
Haven't really been keeping up with BHP's progress over the past few years. I saw them play a while back and really enjoyed the morbid display of rock minimalism. Nowadays they seem to have perked up a little and even enjoy a bit of the old remix treatment. So, here we have a kinda mini-album EP thing with three BHP originals interspersed with remixes from Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mr. Tube (this is BHP man Pall Jenkins making two appearances) Eluvium and Samuel Saxon all compiled into one fantastic 40 minute mega-mix. Opener 'Blank Page' is probably the best track I can recall ever hearing by the band. It's a syncopated kraut rock wet dream with super tight, super savvy beats and colourful instrumentation. It also benefits from a restrained vocal delivery of ohhs and ahhs as opposed to full on lyrics. 'The Orchid' hits familiar minimalist noir territory with it's mix of wailing vocals and doom ridden grand piano but things soon take a turn for the strange once the remixes kick in. Mr. Tube takes a semi industrialist approach whilst adding left field, quirky bits. Lee Perry kicks it eccentric style, adding backward banter that makes as much sense as you'd expect but it's Eluvium who goes the distance reshaping 'Drugs' into a ten minute epic trance-off. It comes as no surprise that this is good quality stuff but it deserves extra props for attention to detail and variety....props indeed.
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