After the massive Stranger Things phenomena, it has become clear just how influential this duo are (and seemingly will continue to be) in the field of soundtrack/not-actually-a-soundtrack composition. RR7349, and the recent reissue of the equally excellently named HD015 have given inspiration to both fans and other artists. What we have here is four remixes of well-known survive tracks by some of the hottest names in avant electronics and leftfield dance.
We kick things off with Salon Des Amateurs resident Lena Willikens taking that hypnotic arpeggio and slowly morphing it into a pulsing industrial techno banger. Machinated hits and steam-vent snares militantly work away, underpinned by the churning groove of the main refrain.
House favourite and all-round avant electronic genius Not Waving takes things into space for his rework of 'High Rise' retaining the slowly growing organic pads, but injecting them with a sense of urgency with a throbbing resonant 303 chattering away over the top, before breaking down into a fractured deep groover, puctuated by bit-crushed percussion and rich, swirling sines.
Next up, and Sam Haar (one half of New-York duo Blondes) takes Wardenclyffe into a suitably hypnotic direction, reducing the melodic elements into a persistent and euphoric concentrate of percussion and echo, with an ever-increasing focus on the chaotic build-up of the elemental, churning background.
Last place on the B-side goes to Godflesh/JK Flesh/Jesu mastermind and avant-metal demigod JK Broderick, with a suitably glimmering distillation of Other, complete with the growing malaise of shuddering distortion and soaring string synths. Brutal, but beautiful.
STAFF COMMENTS says: A varied, but consistently excellent reinterpretations of classic Survive moments, smashed out by some of the most recognisable names (and sounds) in the experimental synth scene. Throbbing techno, shadowy bunker tackle and euphoric drones. A stunner.