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Grinderman - Grinderman 2 RMX (Review)

Grinderman, Grinderman 2 RMX

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

REMIXES, for me, have always had the tendency to be hit and miss. Sometimes they embellish the original and offer something new but they can also detract from it.

Grinderman’s Grinderman 2 RMX is a collection of remixes, re-interpretations and collaborations based on the songs contained in the band’s 2010 critically celebrated album Grinderman 2 and it’s a mixed bag in spite of some very interesting collaborations.

Remix duties have gone to the likes of UNKLE, Andrew Weatherall, Grinderman themselves, Nick Zinner, Barry Adamson and Joshua Homme but you can pretty much guess which ones will work the best.

UNKLE’s team-up with Grinderman for Hyper Worm Tamer is a firm highlight… a slick fusion of throbbing, pulse-quickening beats and retro guitar riffs that genuinely offer a kick-ass re-interpretation, complete with the sort of throaty, hazy vocals that Iggy Pop would be proud to own.

An exclusive previously unreleased remix of Bellringer Blues by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner (about which Grinderman enthuse “it shits all over the original”) is also pretty darn cool, with the warped guitar riffs and jangly percussion combining to create another slice of musical exhilaration.

Joshua Homme’s take on Mickey Mouse & the Goodbye Man is good, too, once it awakens from its early slumber, while Barry Adamson’s Palaces Of Montezuma is also cool, complete with great use of tambourine beats and subtle piano chords early on.

But thereafter, it’s more mixed and some of the tracks never really get going, find any coherence or improve upon those critically acclaimed originals. And there’s probably two too many interpretations of Evil as well!

Overall, it’s worth checking out for the times when it works. But be prepared for the times that it doesn’t too.

Watch the Grinderman/UNKLE video:

Download picks: Bellringer Blues, Hyper Worm Tamer, Mickey Bloody Mouse, Palaces of Montezuma

Track listing:

  1. Super Heathen Child [Grinderman/Fripp]
  2. Worm Tamer [A Place To Bury Strangers Remix]
  3. Bellringer Blues [Nick Zinner Remix]
  4. Hyper Worm Tamer [UNKLE Remix]
  5. Mickey Bloody Mouse [Joshua Homme Remix]
  6. When My Baby Comes [Cat’s Eyes With Luke Tristram]
  7. Palaces Of Montezuma [Barry Adamson Remix]
  8. Evil [‘Silver Alert’ Remix Feat. Matt Berninger]
  9. When My Baby Comes [SixToes Remix]
  10. Heathen Child [Andrew Weatherall Remix]
  11. Evil [Andrew Weatherall Remix]