VARIOUS ARTISTS  Oceanic:Remixes/Reinterpretations  2 x CD   (Hydra Head)   16.98

This double CD collects tracks originally released on the "Oceanic:Remixes" vinyl LP series (Robotic Empire) onto one handy digital format, and adds the previously unreleased second version of "Carry" from Tim Hecker. This collection of remixes takes the word to the extreme: these are complete re-interpretations of material from Isis legendary Oceanic album, taking the most fundamental elements of the original songs (sometimes just a beat or shadow of a guitar riff), and bends and warps them into vivid,radical new forms. It's way more interesting than I originally anticipated it being, that's for sure.

Some of the highlights for us included Fennesz's total washing out of "Weight", turning the song into a gauzy,wispy dronescape with subtle ,crackling textures...the shimmering, almost trip-hop of Teledubgnosis' take on "Maritime", and Venetian Snares utterly bizarre and righteous tripped-out-dub-with-grindcore-vocals assault on "The Beginning And The End". Theres alot more on here too, raging from epic drones and crushing beat driven noise to the ripping version of "False Light" as done by The Oktopus ( aka Dalek ). Other artists on this double CD include Thomas Koner, James Plotkin (OLD, Khanate), Tim Hecker, Mike Patton (Fantomas,etc), Ayal Naor (27), DJ Speedranch, Crucial Blast faves Destructo Swarmbots, and Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh, Techno Animal).