Radiohead's Thom Yorke likes to do things his own way, so it seems fitting that the debut release from his group Atoms for Peace—the unlikely partnership between Yorke and the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, aided by producer Nigel Godrich and veteran session musicians Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco—would be somewhat unconventional. In this case, it means kicking off the band's catalog with a pair of remixes. The A-side cut is a remix of "Tamer Animals," a downcast, piano-led song by Oklahoma's Other Lives. Of the original song, only the voice and the gloomy mood remain; the rework is based on a brooding bass synth that sounds like the saddest "Sleng Teng" in the world, with keening pads and percussive flutter suggestive of early Autechre. The song's back half, meanwhile, sounds like recent Four Tet, with bright tones perforated by scratchy clatter.
On the B-side, Atoms for Peace remix their as-yet-unreleased track "Other Side." Again, Four Tet (or possibly Luke Abbott) offers the closest reference point, as gently swinging bass arpeggios go burbling along beneath looped voices, jittery tambourine and a flicker of organ. Despite its slightly restless movement, a sense of calm prevails in this quixotic little song.
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Tracklist: Other Lives / Atoms for Peace - Tamer Animals / Other Side A Other Lives - Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)
B Atoms For Peace - Other Side (Stuck Together Remix)