The tracks from UK-duo Icarus' critically acclaimed album 'Sylt' is reinterpretated by the likes of ISAN, Xela, Badun, Opiate, Frank Bretschneider, Ital Tek & Karsten Pflum, among others. The result is a beautiful mix of abstract electronica, 8bit-wizzardry, electro-acoustic improvisation, cyber-jazz, drones & dubstep.
"This feels more like a collection of brand new music than reinterpretations. Given the feeling of flux that imbues Icarus’s music a remix album makes perfect sense, while judicious choices regarding the producers chosen to carry out the task mean this feels more like a collection of brand new music than reinterpretations … so much inventive and engaging work." - Chris Power, BBC (UK)
"Sylt Remixes is a consistently challenging record which opens up the already vast sound world of Icarus to entirely new textures." - The Milk Factory (UK)
"Sylt Remixes is a varied collection and (...) you do get your money's worth." - Textura (Canada)
"It's almost impossible to place this album anywhere other than in the 'slightly uneasy listening' bracket. In an age of mass-conformity and mainstream music-by-numbers, such non-conformity can only be a good thing." - Whisperin and Hollerin (UK)
"Die Menschen, die diese Musik machen und jene, die sie hören, können keine schlechten Menschen sein." - Partysan (DE)
"Overall the listening experience is as invigorating as it is unsettling." - DJ Mag (UK)
"Icarus’ Sylt på nye hænder forvaltes kompetent og kærligt." 5/6
- Gaffa (DK)
"Es klingt nach minimal-dubbigem Schaltkreisglimmen, romantischern Stromkabelschunkeln, pulsierenden Tonsignalen, acht-bittedem Gruscheln und finster verlorener Beatforschung. Nichtimmer Abstrakt, aber immer öfters. Hörenswert." - Raveline (DE)
"Hier wird nicht zitiert, hier wird tiefgreifend, ehrlich und substanziell neu gemischt und dekonstruiert."
- MTV (DE)
"Eine recht gute Remix-Edition mit dickem Stuff von tanzbar bis chillig oder krude elektronisch." - Ae-Pool (DE)
"Our old pal John Twells (Xela) avoids the sort of pitch-black drone studies we’ve become accustomed to in favour of BOC-like beats, brightened synth basslines and layered, harmonising vocals. It’s actually incredibly poppy, and underlines both the diversity and overall quality of this fine compilation." - Boomkat (UK)
released July 6, 2009
Original material written and produced by Ollie Bown and Sam Britton.
Mastered by Will Worsley. Artwork by Alice Scott. Design by Atelier Elephant.
We would like to thank all of the artists who have contributed remixes to this compilation and to Jens and all the Rump Recordings artists for making it possible. These remixes are the first ever of Icarus and have amplified the spirit of the original album 'Sylt', which was also a remix as much as a new departure, reinterpreting elements from previous albums within our live material. It is a great pleasure to hear Icarus further rewired.
Alice Scott created an animation to an early version of the track 'Keet' (which appears on this release as 'Keets'), and the track in fact acquired its title from the subject of the film; the increasing number of bright green squawking parakeets that have slowly taken over London's parks since their release in unknown circumstances [still the subject of much speculation] in the mid 1980s. The tropical birds are now more common than native blackbirds or sparrows and the film imagines a future scenario where the parakeets become as prolific as the common pigeon is today. The film is available to view and download through our website: [www.icarus.nu]
Rump Recordings was founded by Jens Berents Christiansen in Copenhagen in 2003 with an aim to release uncompromising
electronic and electro-acoustic music. The label does not attempt to focus solely on one genre but prefers to zoom in on the un-categorizable fields that emerge when artists start to experiment and push the existing boundaries of music....more