By Marcus Pan
I really dug PTIs Blackout release in
2004. Their latest, Exhaust, also comes from the most excellent WTII
Records and this time were treated to the remix companion. All tracks,
excepting the single Exhaust, are remixes of previous Blackout
tracks by various artists. That, effectively, makes this kind of a various
artists release, but just so I dont hurt my head Im going to stick
to it being a PTI release.
MindFluxFuneral Abominations remix of
Comdemnation stays true to the original, but adds more of a futuristic
tone. Databass is remixed by Assemblage 23. Databass was one of
my favorite tunes by PTI, and this is quite different from the original with a
funkier upbringing and a very drum n bass soundtrack supporting the
vocals, which are more subdued. Melodies are hidden by slight static clouds
adding a post-apocalyptic feel.
Further tracks on Exhaust lean towards a
trancier-centric style. Z. Procheks Zero Hour, Christ Analogue's
Identify and the Subversion remix of Databass by PTI
themselves the later being an amazing rendition of the previously
stomp-deadly track from Blackout. Subdued and infiltrated with an
atmospheric nature, its quite amazing how well PTIs rap-style vocals
still work well with this style, owed to by their excellent use of alliteration
and rhythm within the lyrics themselves.
Negative Formats take on Gone Silicon takes it
heavily towards a Kraftwerkian stance post-AI style, but more
progressive trance than quirky Euro-industrial. The Flesh Field has a
trance-like rhythm, but is probably closer to the original than the others. The
consistent boom-boom beat is a little humdrum. I really dig the Torrent
Vaccine version of Condemnation, which slides a deep bass static
into the mix for a really dark atmosphere. The Y-Luk-O Degradation of
Identify really messes with the make-up of the track, moving things
about, muting things, getting generally all experimental on it. The end result
is really kicking.
Exhaust is as mixed up and stand-alone as
Blackout is, with few things but the song names staying the same. A good
selection of bands were chosen to rework music here, from the immortal
Assemblage 23 to God Module, Christ Analogue and Interface names
youve heard and are likely to hear again.
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