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Great to see this label back in action after their old distro took a shit as they say. I got this promo sent to me at home from our office with a post it attached which read “Metal dubstep - Bit oppressive”. It tickled me that one did. Now some of you may recall that I was well into the 'Versus Grain' album so an album of remixes was met with a keen sense of anticipation. The set opens with the thunderous, heavyweight 'Detritus Version' which comes like Scorn turned up to 11 with both feet on the distortion pedal. Legion Of Two remake 'Against' adding live drums (something which Scorn did recently too). Then Justin Broadrick showcases his JK Flesh pseudonym (a record forthcoming on 3by3) with a mix that's both aggressive and ethereal with big spooked atmospherics and tough rhythms, just as I'm getting into it a big chugging metal riff enters the mix which to be honest is not for me. Then on to 'R.F.I.D.' which gets remix action from Ancient Methods who I just fucking love. Their brand of banging, dark industrial techno has leaked into the original, creating a pounding slammer which really properly comes together after seven minutes. Stick around to hear it grow. 'Sixmenace One' is a brooder with crackles and hisses underpinning a warped malfunctioning monster distorted robotic bass sound. Oyaarss remoulds 'Sixmenace Two' into a gargantuan monster distorto-cunch-fest which is equally pummeling as it is beautiful with its semi-classical melodic flourishes. Dead Fader tackle '#00148' (I can never remember the bloody keyboard shortcut on a Mac for the # symbol so I had to google and copy and paste that). Anyway this mix sounds suitably evil, as does the Devilman mix of 'Against' which is like your fave DJ Trace or Ed Rush & Optical 12” slowed down to 33rpm with added synth stabs and '80s electro tumbling drum rolls. Finally Volt Music turn in their version of 'R.F.I.D' which is a high tempo distorted and filtered to hell high octane adrenalin Tekno rush. I can imagine this one tearing people's K-holed faces off at some squat party. You've probably not heard of many of the artists mentioned so keep your eyes peeled as this is a taster for the label's forthcoming activities.
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