Robotic Reduction, Damon Albarn.

Robotic Reduction, Damon Albarn.

It’s none too often that an audio watermark fails to dilute and/ or destroy any which copyrighted material, although that which has been embedded in Richard Russell’s soi-disant ‘Robotic Reduction Remix’ of Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots doesn’t so much besmirch, as supplement the XL head honcho’s thoroughly idiosyncratic redux. “This is Richard’s Robotic Reduction Remix of Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by 13 Ltd, under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd – a Warner Music Group company. All rights reserved” informs a gradually androgynised voiceover, perfectly in keeping with Russell’s emphatic dehumanisation of what was once a decidedly organic listen. For what follows is a Hi-NRG, glitchy and gloriously fragmented rethink bolstered by a bassy prominence, newly skewed rhythmic ictus and Gang Gang Dancey synths. “Remix: to recombine channels from an existing recording, to produce a modified audio recording” Siri continues, before a heady drum ‘n’ bassy breakdown takes hold, and if Russell may not have necessarily ameliorated Everyday Robots, he’s certainly modified the single to invigorating impact.

Damon Albarn plays The Rivoli Ballroom April 30th, and Queen Mary University’s Great Hall May 1st.

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