Father Murphy - Anyway Your Children Will Deny It - Remix series

The result of inviting 10 contemporaries to build soundscapes out of their raw material is no more immediately accessible but full of chinstroking avant garde electronic gems.

It’s a bit odd launching into an album and a bit of remixes of a record you’ve not yet heard. But there’s no real reason why it shouldn’t stand alone as a piece – or rather two.

This series of remixes of Father Murphy’s (I’ve subsequently found out) foreboding, densely experimental Anyway Your Children Will Deny It is spread across a 12” and a 7”. The result of inviting 10 contemporaries to build soundscapes out of their raw material is no more immediately accessible but full of chinstroking avant garde electronic gems.

That many of the resulting tracks sound like they’re seeking a dystopian sci-fi movie to soundtrack (Philippe Petit even unearths what sounds like the noise made by the evil planet thing in the Fifth Element) speaks to the brooding mood of the original – even if it is often barely recognisable.

These “8 Heretical Views” and the more prosaic “2 Views” fit together into a surprisingly coherent whole, and if they’re certainly not the sort of remix to get you up on the dancefloor, there’s plenty of gravy for the brain.

This review has been (not very) remixed from the original at www.soundsxp.com