Wednesday 12 February 2014

Review: Nine Inch Nails – 'Seed Eight (Remix 2014 EP)'

'Seed Eight (Remix 2014 EP)' 

Trent Reznor has always been one of the few artists who you can guarantee will compile an interesting remix album. As far back as 'Fixed' and 'Further Down The Spiral' the companion remix album has been a mainstay of the NIN discography. 'Seed Eight (Remix 2014 EP)' is a bit of an anomaly though. Just like 'With_Teeth' and the 'Everyday Is Exactly The Same' single/EP, this is a somewhat low-key release. Exclusive to Beats Music, 'Seed Eight' is an inter-promotional tool certainly. However it isn't lacking on content.

Kicking off with the Hot Chip remix of 'Satellite', we're treated to a dark deep house take on the Nine Inch Nails sound. It's an unashamedly dance-orientated mix that evokes the more commercial remixes that accompanied David Bowie's 'Earthling'. Cold Cave's take on 'Running' is an up-tempo, icy electro track that focusses heavily on repetition to effectively ensnare the listener. 'Copy Of A' gets a stripped back remix from Simian Mobile Disco that borders on sounding like a Nitzer Ebb dub mix. Autolux round the EP off with their version of 'Everything', a track that in it's original form was roundly criticized as the album's weakest link, and even in this reworked form is likely to divide opinion with it's hip-hop style breakbeats and choppy style.

'Seed Eight (Remix 2014 EP)' doesn't feel as though it has had the forethought of previous remix albums such as 'Fixed', 'Further Down The Spiral', 'Things Falling Apart' and 'Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D'. However the individual remixes themselves are well constructed and do their job at creating new ways of engaging with the source material. What is the biggest missed opportunity though, is that none of the source tracks were made available through the website for the fans to have a bash at, as in the past this has yielded some very positive results.

This EP may pass many more casual listeners by, especially as it is exclusive to one website. But for Nine Inch Nails fans and completists it is certainly worth getting hold of.  

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