S U R V I V E
RR7387
(Relapse Records)

A really good remix is like a conversation between two artists. It helps to start with a good original piece, and the next major step is establishing who is the second voice in the conversation. The fun part about remixes is they can range from incredible conventional (think, OOTZ OOTZ beats laid on top of any song) to rewardingly bizarre (Venetian Snares remixing ISIS, which is as amazing as it sounds). The later tends to be a major opportunity for a brand-new listening experience, and a similar spirit of remix as reinterpretation can be felt on S U R V I V E’s new remix EP, RR7387.

The nature of S U R V I V E’s experimental sound – the core ingredient of this EP – lends itself incredibly well to destruction and re-building. How that destruction and re-building occurs is something that varies widely across all four tracks. Each remixing artist (all accomplished musicians themselves) brings a bit of their own taste to S U R V I V E’s sound.

The very first remix, Lena Willikens’ take on “Cutthroat,” amputates a piece of the original track and grafts on its own parts, taking the atmosphere in a completely new direction. Willikens finds a way to dig into the original melody in a new and unexpected way, meditating on a haunting refrain that evolves into a pulsating darkness. Meanwhile, Not Waving’s remix of “High Rise” begins out in the empty desert, far from the city lights of the original track. Elements of the original can be felt in the distance, before diverting to a different highway.

Sam Haar’s remix of Wardenclyffe, though saving a sparse few bits of the original track, is intent on driving in an entirely new atmosphere. Trance-inducing pulses and clicks take listeners on a patient meditation that goes deeper and deeper underground. From there, the EP finishes with JK FLESH’s remix of “Other,” which builds on the monstrous-sounding elements of the original track while adding flourishes of bright synth textures. A guttural bass part pulls the listener all the way through – the cart cascading through an eerie mine on rickety rails.

Though only 4 tracks long, RR7387 offers an exceptional remixed listening experience. Though it is easy to slap dance beats on a track and say “Remiiiiix,” these four tracks take the method to its artistic roots and enhances S U R V I V E’s already-incredible source material. Not to be skipped, and great for late night drives.

Purchase the album here.

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