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Earth’s seismic 1992 debut - a monolith of drone rock - is summoned back to life in remix forms by Kevin Martin/The Bug & Flowdan, Robert Hampson, Justin K. Broadrick, and Brett Netson, with properly satisfying results
A follow-up of sorts to 2005’s ‘Legacy of Dissolution’, which saw primordial Earth shudders reworked, most notably in an exceptional Autechre mix, ‘Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix’ locates Dylan Carlson and co’s influence still reverberating 30 years later via a cherry-picked clutch of their longtime peers and spiritual descendants. The band hardly need any introduction to acolytes of avant rock, but for the uninitiated, they are one of the heaviest bands to emerge form the Seattle scene of the late ‘80s into early ‘90s, with notorious links to Kurt Cobain (Carlson apparently supplied *that* gun to his close pal) and indelible influence on Sunn 0))), who are literally named in light of the band’s groundbreaking sound.
‘Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix’ finds the inspiration of Earth’s first album, renowned for its uncompromising grasp of molten rock riffage and subharmonics, resounding thru like mind artists 30 years after the fact. They variously summon Earth’s might in relatively radical ways - who could have predicted Earth would be versioned by Flowdan? - to more faithful, durational slants on their strung out prowess, surely worthy of being herded under the Earth mantle.
We’re not sure how many dubstep/grime fiends will be enticed by the appearance on Flowdan on The Bug’s overhaul of ‘Angels’, but nevertheless he fucking crushes it, leaving Kevin Martin to come closer to the source material on a wallowing yet sky scraping remix of ‘Like Gold and Faceted’. Martin’s Techno Animal spar also massively impresses with a beastly reshod of ‘Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine’, getting his head right inside its jaws with masticating percussion and overdriven riffage, while his one-time Godflesh foil Robert Hampson (Loop, Main) herds ‘May Your Vanquished be Saved from the Bondage of their Sins’ to apocalyptic horizons on an unrelenting 30 minute remix. The big surprise of the set, however, is the cinematic reset of ‘Teeth of the Lions Rule the Divine’ by Brett Netson ov Built to Spill, who augments the OG with pick up truck revs and 20 minutes of storm brewing tension.