Yello's "Frautonium", the first track from their award winning album receives the remix treatment here from the most rock n roll man in dance music - Andrew Weatherall. Four, very different mixes covering electro, house, minimal and cosmic stylings with a bonus ambient mix from Ian Tregoning. We kick off in 'warehouse' mode, as Weatherall drops some thick and chunky beats across "Fraitoniums" more memorable hooks and stems. Poised and steady, like his infamous ALFOS DJ sets, Weatherall's rich dub-fx are strewn across the robo-chug and littered with bursts of white noise and swirling synth juices. The 'Half-life" mix follows and is more stripped back, bleepy and radioactive. It still occupies space in the warehouse, but more towards the latter end of the session when energy levels have dissipated and it's more about head music, with a non-linear, explorative arrangement further drilling the message home. The 'Battery' mix sees an industrialized refix which pushes the metallic fx swirls to the forefront of the mix and propels via a steady, mechanized beat. Dark and possessing the most sci-fi elements out of the versions on offer here it finds a natural home at Manchester's Gesamtkunstwerk club night at Islington Mill. Finally, side D sees Weatherall's 'Reactor' mix - a suitable title for something that seems suspended in a massive nuclear reactor, hissing and fizzing from its unnatural, unearthly core. Alongside this is Ian Tregoning's ambient mix of "Lombok" - a gentle and cerebral respite from the biting and quite visceral body music preceding it; it makes a comforting end to what can at times be a challenging journey.
Limited edition of 1,000 copies and released only in the UK as a double 12”. No digital to follow.