Fever Ray is of course the solo project of never-knowingly-not-dressed-like-a-loony the Knife singer Karin Dreijer. Plunge was her second album and garnered lots of praise so it's time to get the remixed version. Most of the remixes are by people I'm too old/out of touch to know of but one of them is Bjork so that is a bit exciting isn't it? The likes of Glasser, Paula Temple and Faka also get their hands dirty.
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Fever Ray’s eleven-track LP ‘Plunge’ almost doubles in size on this new set of remixes (please note that this number only refers to the CD version - the double-LP edition runs to ten tracks). This is no surprise - the music that Karin Dreijer makes in xer solo project is pretty much perfect remix fodder, full of character and with prominent vocals but also spacious enough to leave room for interpretation. Dreijer’s work has also long been characterised by fearless invention and commitment to xer practice, and it would appear that this same spirit has been transmitted to the contributing artists on ‘Plunge Remix’.
Much like how people seem to give their all when they’re called in to collaborate with, say, Kendrick Lamar, you get the sense that the third parties here have raised their game for the occasion. In the case of the club-facing producers this results in a set of dystopian DJ tools that takes the pulse of several global club trends even as it pushes them forward. The five versions of ‘Mustn’t Hurry’, for instance, are a broad sweep from underground reggaeton (Dinamarca) to torrid techno (Aasthma) and pinging hard drum (Tami T, my favourite of the five).
Other artists follow Dreijer’s lead in the sense that they plough their own furrows with renewed vigour. Björk’s flip of ‘This Country’ (titled here 'This Country Makes It Hard To Fuck') is an obvious highlight, an alien industrial anti-pop number that is truly unsettling. Glasser’s ‘Falling’ remix also lopes through the uncanny valley, the massed vocals made urgent by an ever-collapsing instrumental.
Remix albums are notoriously fickle things - often disjointed, occasionally half-arsed. However, in the case of ‘Plunge Remix’, the biggest compliment you can pay it is that every artist here saw fit to bring their A-game.
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