Distributor/Label: Ambush Reality
Buy Album: https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/enter-shikari/nhsshikari-the-mindsweep-hospitalised
Band Website: http://www.entershikari.com/
BAND LINE UP:
Rou – Vox/Electronics Chris – Bass/Vox Rory – Guitar/Backing Vox Rob – Drums/Backing Vox
Enter Shikari released in January titled The Mindsweep, however The Mindsweep Hospitialised is a remix album seeing the quartet collaborating with one of the heavy hitters in Drum and Bass music Hospital Records. To my knowledge this is the first of it’s kind where a most of a label roster get’s one track to remix and release a album which another artist has produced previously, let’s see if the this type of thing could happen more in the future.
Starting of with Metrix remix of The Appeal & The Mindsweep, little dark elements into the first build up and a little suspense before the pulsating bass kicks in followed by a blip synth lead. Build up to the hook of the track which hits as hard as the rest of the track. With variations of the synth lead and adding little individual elements which adds to the presence of track make the start of the album a strong one.
Onto Keeno remix of One True Colour, a mixture of pads and orchestral elements which develops building into the first drop, fading out to the prominent hi hats into the hook of the track. The section of this track I would like to mention is the break down with the overlapping vocals is very mindful as it makes the listener think exactly what One True Colour does to them personally creating a personal connection with the listener.
Reso’s Anesthetist come’s mysteriously, even the use of reptile like noises adds a eerie atmosphere in the introduction of the track. Bass lead comes booming in building up to the drop which has a progressive qualities as Reso mixes up each 16 bar a new element is added making it feel unpredictable, however in my case I know something was coming. Leaving plenty of room for the vocal over the background and as I listen more to this more, each track so far has had either a statement or a message which they wanted their fans to hear. Reso has really shined remixing Anesthetist, can the quality of the this album continue.
Moving onto S.P.Y’s remix of The Last Garrison, a introduction of simplicity and effectiveness leaving the vocal to shine though which leads into the drop, that being steady and pulsating adding a nice synth lead which creates depth. There isn’t much more to be said here as simplicity wins the day here, very clean and efficient remix of the track.
Never Let Go Of The Microscope is the track Etherwood has remixed for this album, slow and steady begins this track with a constant piano element followed by the bringing of some reverb mixed with ghost like vocal. This leads into the drop, it’s develops what is heard at the beginning and adds the drum and bass to add the melodic and rhythmic elements to the track. Similar to S.P.Y remix, this is clean and concise piece of remixing.
Bop’s remix of Myopia is certainly a stripped back, laid back in place and pretty interesting track to listen to listening out for any little musical one shots or small loops which I can hear. Wow, wasn’t expecting that, glitchy pip popping drop with a heavy bass presence adding 8 bit noises messes with the my mind. The glitch noises continues though out the track into a ritual like phase of lyrics to being led into a false state to thinking Myopia is about to finish, however three taps of the drumsticks hits your ears as they wasn’t prepared for the drop even tho you do get a couple of seconds to brace yourself, following a rhythm section and the last vocal element before fading out. Bop’s remix of Myopia is perfect example that if using glitch techniques in tracks of any kind, can be one of the most memorable tracks audially.
Torn Apart is Hugh Hardie remix and straight away the progressive build up of suspense starts as I wasn’t expecting that to happen so soon. Vocal elements follow over the build up leading to the drop and this is the first time on this album I haven’t been impressed, maybe it’s just preference, but just feel the drum and bass elements could of been more creative, but that isn’t a knock to the production of the track; missing sparkle or element which makes the track to stand out and sometimes little equals more.
Interlude is The Erised remix and it’s certainly got influences from orchestral genre of music and it’s completely different to any of the tracks on the album so far. Firstly it’s the first female vocalist on the album and it’s certainly not your typical drum and bass track you’ll ever listen to, even going as far as leaning towards pop. The vocal is certainly is the centre piece of this track and what The Erised has done is make the vocal shine through by not adding too much of presence, leaving it to be subtle and just right.
Lynx is going to The Bank Of England and I find a high tempo and very catchy constant lead with the prominent hi hat section of the introduction overlapping vocals with certainly the British feel to it. Dark and grungy section follows and continues developing over time, breaking down into a controversial lyrical piece and then bounces back into the grungy rhythmic drum and bass elements. Nothing special here, it’s a good remix for sure, but like Hugh Hardie remix missing something for me to make it one of the stand out tracks on this remix album.
Danny Byrd’s remix of There Is A Price On Your Head, repetitive vocals with bollywood influences is how I would describe this track, but this leaves Danny Byrd to deliver a high quality remix, there isn’t much more I can say, but it’s a creative compliment to the album.
London Elektricity remix of Dear Future Historians starts of like it’s something from a Christmas carol, very low key and the vocal is the focal point leading up to the drop. Very uplifting feel and refreshing making the remix adding that happiness feeling with the emotional connection which this track does provides, A perfect way to finish a album, however will the last track on The Mindsweep Hospitalised can deliver.
The Appeal & The Mindsweep II is Krakatoa remix on this album and I’ve just been sent into the future 50 years, very futuristic feel to this track to the heavy metal vocal builds up to the drop which is as resonating as the vocal in the build up. As I’m listening I can really piece in my mind where every element of this track goes and how the puzzle fits together in harmony of each other. Krakatoa has certainly delivered in rounding off the album in style.
Well I hope these type of artist/label collaborations become something after listening to The Mindsweep: Hospitalised, first class remix album, but all not being first class tracks or tracks that really stand out on the album.
Enter Shikari provided Hospital Records with the outline and they certainly made it a album which drum and bass supporters globally should be adding t
REVIEW BY Z~Z