Boomkat Product Review:
First new pressing in almost 30 years of Tortoise's 1995 album Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters, a collection of remixes from extended crew +fam including Jim O’Rourke, John McEntire, Bundy K.Brown, Brad Wood (Liz Phair), Casey Rice, Mike Watt (Minute Men), Rick Brown and - most memorably - Steve Albini with one of the great remix trolls of our time. Sick cover art too.
Remix packages usually reek of disposability, but this one’s a bit of an all-time pearl, finding Tortoise and their network of A-list talent at the peak of their creative powers.
Tortoise's own John McEntire opens the set with a percussively heavyweight ‘Alcohall’, while Bundy K. Brown dives down a trip hop k-hole with what sounds like a riff on "Woman of the Ghetto" by Marlena Shaw, a good couple of years before Blue Boy’s chart topping 'Remember Me’.
The two standouts come from Jim O’Rourke - with an early, highly immersive drone reverberation on 'Initial Gesture Protraction’, and Steve Albini who re-configures the very notion of a remix by basically recording himself playing 'The Match Incident’ at home, background sounds of life included. It’s a troll - and a fucking good one - easily one of our favourite remixes of all time actually.