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Boomkat Product Review:
Kevin Drumm, Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise (James Ginzburg a.k.a. half of Emptyset) and Japan’s Endon flash their fangs on blood-letting remixes of Aaron Turner (Isis), Brian Cook (Russian Circles) and Nick Yacyshyn’s (Baptists) 3rd album as Sumac; What One Becomes for Thrill Jockey.
Naturally we’re drawn to Kevin Drumm’s remix first - technically only his 4th remix to date - executing a sickening drone descent into the disembowelled guts of Rigid Man where the guitars and drums are fxcked off, leaving only the distant whisper of Turner’s 50-a-day vocals mumbling from oblique corners of a stone-clad gloaming soundsphere. No mistake; it’s the most memorable Kevin Drumm outing in recent years.
The other mixes, meanwhile, are perhaps more faithful to the muscle and gristle of Sumac’s originals; Samuel Kerridge reconstitutes Rigid Man and Clutch of Oblivion as the empty-stomach technogre of Rigid Oblivion, whilst Emptyset’s James Ginzburg appears like you’ve never heard him before in a proggy, star-screaming rework of Clutch of Oblivion under his Bleed Turquoise alias, and the EP’s other highlight comes from Japan’s extreme experimentalists (emphasis on the ‘mentallist’ bit), Endon who tighten up Image of Control with garrotting strings and clod-hopping drums before lurching into a proper wall of noise, face first.