We’ve all seen musicians name-checking John Carpenter as an influence: now some of them have put their money where their mouth is by actually remixing the man’s work! Lost Themes: Remixes features the likes of Prurient, Bill Kouligas of PAN, Blanck Mass… All your dark electronic favourites basically. Strictly limited LP on Sacred Bones.
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Limited RED + CLEAR swirl vinyl LP on Sacred Bones inc. Prurient, JG Thirlwell, Silent Servant, Bill Kouligas, Blanck Mass, ohGr, Uniform and Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley remixes. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER.
LP £14.99 SBR139LP
LP on Sacred Bones inc. Prurient, JG Thirlwell, Silent Servant, Bill Kouligas, Blanck Mass, ohGr, Uniform and Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley remixes.
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If you weren’t born in the ‘70s/‘80s and raised on a diet of classic horror, there is a sort of invisible wall between yourself and John Carpenter’s music. Some probably think it’s the best thing ever, some perhaps find it amazingly cheesy, the majority get intense nostalgia for those days at the pictures in the mall with the walkmans. Walkmen?
Well, that’s the foundation of these sort of remix albums, repackaging someone’s music for a different, younger generation. As a spokesperson for said ‘younger generation’, thanks, u patronising bastards. Anyway, they actually put some effort into the artist choices here so I’ll stop doing my best grumpy impression of Clint. I mean, they’re right, we all like noise and beats and shit.
The thing starts off with Prurient’s deconstruction of ‘Purgatory’ which is just a crumbling remnant of its former self, darker than the master of darkness. Ohgr plays with sounds like Oneohtrix Point Never with an MPC on ‘Wraith’, while Zola Jesus lends her vox to a rework with Dean Hurley with good and oh-so-hip results. Things get epic guitar techno on Silent Servant’s remix of ‘Vortex’, which sounds like it’s struggling to continue. Speaking of struggles, Blanck Mass struggles to keep the music away from the noise when it gets to his turn. A nice frantic, complex beat though. I think it’s at Bill Kouligas that you finally get the best on here, his abstract electronic recycle constantly morphing and shifting between tonalities. Underneath all tracks is the darkened tone of the original, the shadowy face of Carpenter’s world.
I apologise for the cynicism above, this is really good.
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