12" £5.99 ZEN12331
12" on Ninja Tune inc. Illum Sphere, Mono/Poly, Shed and Mike Slott remixes.
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Lorn is from Milwaukee apparently and declares the sound of his most recent LP to be “haunted, oily and smeared”. That’s surely a description of me when I climb out of my pit every morning? The opening track ‘Karma’ on this here clear vinyl twelve is the only thing that isn’t a bloody remix by some preening overpaid twat. It’s a slow hip-hop stomp of a tune with a fizzing death-trance melody and a grumbly demeanour. That portmanteau is derived from grumpy and crumbly so yeah, that is what I meant.
I simply do not know if I can face five remixes of tracks which I haven’t even heard the originals of in order to be comparably objective in some way but here goes...Illum Sphere does this slowish fuzzed-out dream-hop thing with angelic distant vocal loops and a kinda Zero 7 coffee table soul vibe. Mike Slott brings forth a more 2 step garage-y beat and a bitch of an ominous brooding bassline with some nice deep booty-shaking astral euphoria.The Mono/Poly refit that begins side two is really bloody amazing actually, commencing with a kind of demented seagull craw, a malevolent fug of bass and ethereal vocal trails, he then starts slamming shards of fragmented processed rock guitar (this could be a complete disaster, it soooo isn’t however) to the foreground to enhance the melodic structure whilst the tune, the rhythms, the percussion...everything just gets deeper, more psychedelic and involving not to mention utterly, darkly euphoric. Stunning remix, it really is. The Shed re-jig of ‘Ghosst(s)’ is also totally worth checking out too, like his recent album it is dark, paranoid, brooding and itchy with an old-skool breakbeat kicking in halfway through. So, for these two interpretations alone it gets incredibly high marks...glad I stuck it out until the end.
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