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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Suffocating rage

Not everyone can draft in Tim Hecker, Alva Noto, Leyland Kirby & Actress on remix duty. But then not everyone is John Cale...

This roll-call of LMYE luminaries was unleashed on a Cale EP from last autumn a couple of months back (yes, it's taken a while to get it acknowledged here...). While the others contribute to the resulting Record Store Day special with predictably diverting collisions of style with Cale's art rock, it is Hecker's jaggedly splintering, unexpectedly moving Suffocation Raga - less a remix, more a point of inspired departure - that grabs these ears (the artist's concern about "crap soundcloud compression notwithstanding" notwithstanding).

Cale commentary on the EP (but not the remixes, sadly). 

Suffocation Raga for John Cale (Tim Hecker)

John Cale 'Perfection' (Actress' Reflection Mix)

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