The remixing roster is like a “who’s who” in the hard electronic scene today. Front Line Assembly, Noise Unit, KMFDM, Haujobb, Assemblage 23, Front 242, Velvet Acid Christ, Funker Vogt, and many more have all contributed. I’m a bit predictable in that I like the Front Line Assembly and Noise Unit mixes the most. It’s just that certain something about those lads that makes me go all tingly. Hmm, that sounded wrong… Anyway, Rhys Fulber is alone behind the FLA-mix, and gives it a supremely produced and melodic spin, turning it into an entirely new song. Bill Leeb and new FLA guy Jeremy Inkel are behind the Noise Unit mix, and they in turn transform it into an aggro powerhouse, only keeping selected lyrics.
For you that haven’t heard the original song, it’s a punky, weird electro-metal-rap hybrid with pretty silly lyrics. Kinda charming, but it’s not by any means the best song from Mindless Self Indulgence.
The different remixers fail to make something exciting out of it almost every time. Front 242 makes a hardly listenable version, ditto Haujobb’s slow r’n’b-ish take of it (Why Daniel, I know you can do wonders). Most remixes are passable, nothing more. KMFDM however makes it interesting again, turning it into pure metal. The Khz version also keeps itself over the throng, with its orchestral feel.
There should be something here for everyone, and the mixes I like might not be the same you like, but overall it’s a pretty mediocre effort. A fine example of the current “remixing going overboard” trend.
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