#26 on the 2011 Musical Bacon Calendar
TKOL RMX 1234567 by Radiohead
OK, this is a weird one.1 I had a different album in at #26 not 5 minutes ago, but after having listened to that album one more time, I decided I couldn’t possibly recommend it to anyone. Love is fleeting. So I was left reaching into the bin of throwaways for something else to go here. Enter a mostly OK remix album of Radiohead’s least-popular album ever.
TKOL RMX 1234567 is a collection of remixes by other artists and music producers of the songs found on The King of Limbs, Radiohead’s album from earlier this year. One or two of the remixed songs from the 19-song two-disc album actually sound better than the original to my ears, and would have been a perfectly fine addition or replacement of the song on the full Radiohead album.
Notable names like Caribou, Four Tet, Modeselektor and SBTRKT all take a crack at creating something new from the original Radiohead tapes. The “Bloom” remix by Blawan (No. 6 on disc 2) is the most interesting song on the album, with its almost backward-masked, Fever Ray-like bassline.
But you don’t need me to explain this album to you. By now you’ve figured out whether you like Radiohead or not — this isn’t a Radiohead album, really. Well, then, by now you’ve figured out whether you like electronic dance music or not. And this is most certainly that. So, if you like Radiohead, do check it out. If you like dance music, definitely check it out. Beyond that, I don’t know what to tell you.
Yeah, that video is very very odd. It‘s not even meant to be a music video, I don’t think. It just happens to be a video of shots of Glasgow, put to a couple songs from the album. Unfortunately there aren’t any videos made by Radiohead for this album. But this Glasgow video is strangely appropriate, don’t you think? ↩