[COMBAT 30] :: Anodyne : Empires remixes part 1

Posted in weaponry Nov 21, 09:28  

Operative :: Anodyne
release :: out now!

A sneak preview of forthcoming release on Combat Recordings.
Veteran electronic producer Anodyne kicks off 2012 with this fierce remix pack.

Building upon the powerful Empires EP, the Empires remixes feature superbly engineered re-interpretions by the likes of Dead Fader, AQF (Anstam), Roel Funcken, Lackluster and Fausten.

Already rinsed on Rob Booth’s Electronic Explorations, Sub FM and at various Combat gigs this year, this preview contains parts of tracks in the following order:

1.Empire of Light – Roel Funcken mix
2.Empire of Light – Dead Fader mix
3.Empire of Light – Anstam’s Quaint Freud mix
4.Empire of Dust – Lackluster mix
5.Empire of Glass – Fausten’s Circle of Manias

“Powerfully dynamic remixes of Anodyne’s dark and Techy IDM/Electro cut ‘Empire Of Light’ from Roel Funcken, Anstam, Lackluster, Dead Fader and Fausten. Funckarma’s Roel makes a dextrous incision with bucking prog-funk torque, whereas Dead Fader’s is unusually sweet and melodic, and Anstam’s loaded with tense drum breaks and widescreen Sci-Fi synth dramas. Lackluster’s is probably the most dancefloor-friendly, adhering to a hard-swung Electro schematic with deliciously darkside sense of narration, and Combat’s new boy Fausten pops his cherry with a granite-sculpted and sandblasted ElectroXDubstep re-structuring.” – Boomkat

[Empire of Light – Roel Funcken mix]
The Netherlands-based producers Funckarma brothers have consistently released their unique take on electronic music for over a decade, applying their advanced sound design to create dense, detailed storm of unpredictable rhythms, fleeting melodies and scorching acid lines. Roel Funcken has been prolific in his solo output over the past few years, with a brilliant album on Berlin’s Ad Noiseam label fusing the trademark intricacy of Funckarma more dancefloor focused rhythms of electro, 2 step and dubstep. Here he applies the same bass-heavy focus to Empire of Light, balancing the brooding dread bass with beautiful, wintery light keys and a rushing acid line.

[Empire of Light – Dead Fader mix]
Former Brighton noise terrorist now based in Berlin, Dead Fader has cause all sorts of sonic mayhem since their first album Corrupt my Examiner (3 by 3 music) and more recently the Luckeey EP on Tigerbeat 6. It might surprise fans that Dead Fader also has a melodic side, and very good it is too. Some of that is visible here with a long, lush intro and lush improvised melodies that almost cushion you before the trademark Dead Fader beats crunch in with speaker-destroying force.

[Empire of Light – Anstam’s Quaint Freud mix]
Lars Stöwe, mastermind behind the Germany’s brilliant Anstam, steps up to remix the Empire of Light under his alias AQF (Anstam’s Quaint Freud). Adopting the tense, melancholic euphoria of Anstam’s recent album, he reworks the rest in a totally different direction, with big rolling drums and psychedelic Moog atmospherics. This has torn up various dancefloors from the Mutek Fest in Canada to the Alphaville Fest in London and Elevate in Austria.

[Empire of Dust – Lackluster mix]
Having remixed Anodyne’s brilliant Corrosion album, the Finnish veteran producer return with a powerful rework for Empire of Dust, furious, fierce crisp beats riding atop a big rolling sub, brooding atmospherics and awesome synth work, with huge searing strings that make you feel like you’re standing still in time, with gaze locked into the distant future/past.

[Empire of Glass – Fausten’s Circle of Manias]
Fausten – shadowy new artist on Combat turns in their first release for the label, completely transforming the original’s strings into a wave of majestic, dark euphoria that ride over a blistering attack of obtuse, analog kickdrums and searing precision noise in disjointed mechanoid rhythm. Like the more contemplative sibling to AFX’s Isoprophlex, or perhaps Autechre and Alva Noto having fun making a hardcore rave track.

“5 thoroughly engaging remixes of tracks from one of my fav EPs of 2011. The AQF and Dead Fader remixes would be my firm favs here, but I’ve enjoyed them all.” – Acroplane

“Combat continues the war against trend with another of its superb remix packages, this time courtesy of Anodyne. There’s some serious production skill on show here with an equal mix of open, melodic soundscapes and claustrophobic anti-dancefloor sludge. All good with me” – Steve Cloaks (3by3Music)

“Loving this release. Anstam and Fausten remixes are the gold tickets here. Brutal, fragile, engrossing and dark. Quite liked Lackluster’s remix from the off but those 2 have really cemented themselves into my headspace.” – Darkfloor UK

“This is an impressively consistent set of remixes from a really interesting collection of artists. Most people seem to have latched on to the epic synthscapes from the original tracks, which gives the thing a unified feel. There’s plenty of internal difference though. The Roel Funcken mix brings a kind of technoid funk into play with brilliant, twitchy drum programming. The Dead Fader mix shows their unexpectedly introspective side, which is great to hear. Fausten close things off nicely, kind of the unsettling, claustrophobic flipside to all the epic euphoria. Great to hear such an uncompromising release.” – Angus Finlayson, The Quietus

“Epic remixes for a cold warehouse party in 2020” – Ebola, Baconhead

“Loving this Dead Fader mix especially! listened to it several times today now… Roel Funcken mix is heavy as and all.” – Oslek (Frijsfo Beats)

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