Boomkat Product Review:
The legendary 2004 set of TG remixes by Carl Craig, Carter Tutti, Motor, Basement Jaxx’s Smon Ratcliffe, and Two Lone Swordsmen receives its 20th anniversary flowers.
‘Mutant’ first emerged during a dry period for the long-defunct industrial musick pioneers to provide contemporary context for their late ’70s/early ‘80s prototypes of textured, rhythm-driven electronics. Issued in tandem with the ‘TG Now’ 12” - their first release of original material ft. the original line-up, since 1982 - the ‘Mutant’ session would skool those who came thru with the early ‘00s whole “electroclash” wave to that sound’s origins, whilst also reframing their work for modern ‘floors for those old enough to join the dots.
Fair to say that Carl Craig’s re-version of ‘Hot on the Heels of Love’ is now a stone cold classic, trimming the original to a sleek Detroit aerodynamism but still sizzling with the grit of Chris Carter’s custom-built kit in the mix, and of course Cosey’s slinky whispers and its chiming hooks, while his take on ’Still Walking’ is resplendent in its cold metallic churn. Decades later, Carter Tutti’s own mix of the creepy as fuck ‘Hamburger Lady’ is marginally less mucky, more oiled up for the darkroom, and still makes us need a wash after rinsing, next to the fetish club canter of their spliced remix for ‘HotHeelsUnited’
Perhaps one of the set’s biggest surprises was the inclusion of Simo nRatcliffe, at a late peak of his Basement Jaxx prowess, dialling up the sexiness of ‘Hot on the Heels of Love’ with hot flushes of MDMA-trigger string pads, whereas french EBM type Motor signalled the sound’s relevance to early-mid ‘00s electro in his spark-spitting remix of ‘Persuasion’, and Andy Weatherall & Keith Tenniswood’s TLS remix of ‘United’ gives it some Rotters Golf Club warpage.