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I don’t know whose idea this LP was but it’s a totally inspired concept - take the early electronic experiments of Canadian madhead Bruce Haack, and get them remixed by the big current names - Stepkids, Samiyam, Peanut Butter Wolf, James Pants, etc. Now in case you’re not familiar with his work, Bruce was an early electronics artist who dedicated his life to finding new soun ...

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Remixes by Bruce Haack
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 31 May 2012

I don’t know whose idea this LP was but it’s a totally inspired concept - take the early electronic experiments of Canadian madhead Bruce Haack, and get them remixed by the big current names - Stepkids, Samiyam, Peanut Butter Wolf, James Pants, etc.

Now in case you’re not familiar with his work, Bruce was an early electronics artist who dedicated his life to finding new sounds that people hadn’t made yet and putting them on records (most notably using the "Farad", an early vocoder he invented), including some wonderfully surreal childrens’ albums. As a result, there’s a wealth of weird noises from which these remixers can harvest the source material for this collection of bumping and very well sequenced mixes which had our Brian convinced this was just a single-artist/band album before I told him what it was.

The order of the day is hip-hop and electronica building blocks and lots of crazy samples from the Haack vaults. As for my personal highlights, the Peanut Butter Wolf one’s got this amazing bit with a fast, high pitched melody that’s mirrored by hyperactive tape squiggles, Vex Ruffin’s hypnotic German-sounding weirdness, and the Jonwayne one which takes things down to minimal synth washes, subtle squiggles and blips and heavily processed vocoder vocals for a hazy summer trip that I could listen to over and over. Similarly the Samiyam mix is a blissed out summer weirdo dub jam that just wallows in those indulgently retro radiophonic tones for a perfectly pitched closer.

This whole LP sounds totally fresh. I think Stones Throw should make a habit of it and turn this into a series - there’s plenty of early electronics artists with a wealth of weird noises to draw from. How about a Delia Derbyshire one next? Daphne Oram’s tone banks are ripe for the plundering too...c’mon, fellas!


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