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Return of the Tortoise remix series....

After a decade's retirement, Tortoise has once again commissioned remixes for their new album (this was last done for 1998's "TNT"). This time around, Eye (of Boredoms' fame) remixes "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In", creating a percussion heavy track reminiscent of Boredoms' recent work (think "Sea Drum" with synths, instead of piano). In a testament to Eye's abilities, the 10 minute track feels like less, but leaves you wanting more. On the flip side, ambient minimalist Mark Ernestus remixes "Gigantes", leaving it more or less unchanged sonically, but changed nonetheless. In that regard, it really is a "remix". The parts are the same, just rearranged subtlely. In the past, the Tortoise remix series didn't really do much for me. Most of the time, the remixes barely resembled the actual songs. For the "Beacons..." remixes, the series seems to have been given new life, and I'm hoping for a few more remixes in the near future.

As good as you'd expect

I had lost track of Tortoise for a while but was really intrigued by the newest full-length. Even more so by this 12" of remixes though, which includes Eye from Boredoms and Mark Ernestus from Maurizio, one of my fav techno acts of all time. It's well worth it -- 2 sprawling weird takes on the original material. The Ernestus mix of "Gigantes" is the better of the two, sounding strangely akin to the recent Moritz Von Oswald Trio record his Maurizio counterpart released last year.


Formed: 1990 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tortoise revolutionized American indie rock in the mid-'90s by playing down tried-and-true punk and rock & roll influences, emphasizing instead the incorporation of a variety of left-field music genres from the past 20 years, including Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and space music, film music, and British electronica. At odds as well with the shambling framework of alternative rock's normal song structure, the group — as large as a septet, with at times...
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