George Michael – Monkey (Remix by Isaac Junkie) (2015)

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Remix and Additional Production by Isaac Junkie

Under the influence is two things at once, on one hand, it is a compilation of some of the many issues that Isaac Junkie has heard all his life and on the other hand, is a revision to those working them subjects in their own style. It is a way of paying tribute to the musicians who have influenced him in one of several ways that have left their mark and helped define what is now his musical style.

From The Human League, The Cure, Erasure, Gary Numan… Isaac Junkie select and remix 22 songs, while not covering all the artists he wanted, they do form a small sample of what has been for music it all this time. Giving special to your favorite band quintessential place: Erasure. Andy Bell has been one of his favorite singers of all time and pays tribute to remixes of songs from different eras as “When a lover leaves you”, “Sacred” or the classic “A Little Respect”.

Two Door Cinema Club – Ordinary (Sam Halliday Remix) (2016)

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A new album from Two Door Cinema club is always something to get excited about. But what’s equally exciting are the remixes that come along with it. In the past, Two Door’s songs have been reworked by artists including RAC, The Twelves, Alex Metric, Monsieur Adi and AMTRAC. This time the band’s own guitarist, Sam Halliday, took a stab at it and definitely knocked this remix out of the park.

S’Express – Lollypop (Chris & Cosey Remix) (2016)

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For over thirty years now Chris Cater and Cosey Fanni Tutti have been at the forefront of cutting edge electronic music. From their days in legendary agit-noise sensation Throbbing Gristle—a group famously described “wreckers of civilization” and responsible for genuinely terrifying records like “Hamburger Lady” and “Slug Bait”—through to their mid-80s heyday as Chris & Cosey which saw the pair create a singularly pulsating, romantic, experimental synthpop sound, up to their current work with Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor as Carter Tutti Void, the duo are synonymous with forward thinking. They’ve decided to hook up with Mark Moore, the man behind S’Express, and the result—a churning, creepy, clanking remix of Moore’s “Lollypop”—is nothing short of stunning. Their mix is a suitably salacious slice of rude and raucous perv-house, seemingly custom built for nights down at the Kit Kat club. You can smell the leather and bodily fluids from here. /via Thump.

SUMAC – Image of Control (Tokyodionysis Remix by Endon) (2016)

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In composing music, SUMAC opts for a process of simultaneous construction and dismantlement. Long-form rock based structures are distended to the point of erosion, reiterated in continually alternating sequences, and plied with extra-musical implements of chaos and tonal abstraction. Through the practice of psychophysical exertion and sensorial disorientation the music becomes a tangible projection of the players underlying emotions and spirit.

Furthering this dynamic approach, SUMAC has invited similarly like-minded artists to reconfigure and deconstruct pieces from their latest album What One Becomes. Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise (aka James Ginzburg of Emptyset), Kevin Drumm and Japan’s ENDON offer up beautifully bent interpretations of the original work. The results range from impossibly dense and perpetually ascending psych-noise blowouts, to subdued passages of subtly curdled drones punctuated by disembodied vocal excretions.

Though stylistically differentiated from the source material, all four tracks posses a parallel predilection for combining combustable atmospherics and emotionally penetrative musical maneuvers.

“Image of Control (Tokyodionysis Remix by Endon)” is from SUMAC’s upcoming remix EP, Before You I Appear, out on Thrill Jockey Records December 9th, 2016. The EP also features remixes by Kevin Drumm, Bleed Turquoise, and Samuel Kerridge.