Conventionality has never been one for the Icelandic enigma whom we love all too well. Björk’s 2011 release Biophilia was not only another mystical gem that enthralled critics and listeners alike, but it also pushed the boundaries of music consumerism as we know it by being the first album to be recorded and released as an iPad app. You could not only listen to the music via your handheld device, but also interact and essentially touch the music.
And just as when you thought the boundaries couldn’t be stretched any further, Björk has recently announced the compilation of a series of Biophilia remixes to be repackaged as bastards. Don’t let the name cloud your judgment, there’s nothing illegitimate about these edits from the likes of Death Grips, Hudson Mohawke, Matthew Herbert, and These New Puritans, just to name a few.
Björk says, “The core of the mixes took Biophilia somewhere else while still keeping its character… I spent some time editing together not necessarily the best ones but the ones that made the strongest whole.” Such words only go to show the commitment of an artist who’s been making music for 35 years; the resolve of a perfectionist who would unhesitatingly trade crisp-clean quality for an album that sounds whole.
“The core of the mixes took Biophilia somewhere else while still keeping its character… I spent some time editing together not necessarily the best ones but the ones that made the strongest whole.”
bastards will be released on 12” vinyl, CD, and digitally from One Little Indian Records on 19 November.
01 Crystalline (Omar Souleyman Remix)
02 Virus (Hudson Mohawke “Peaches and Guacamol” Rework)
03 Sacrifice (Death Grips Remix)
04 Sacrifice (Matthew Herbert’s Pins and Needles Mix) (edit)
05 Mutual Core (These New Puritans Remix) [ft. Soloman Is. Song]
06 Hollow (16-bit Remix)
07 Mutual Core (Matthew Herbert’s “Teutonic Plates” Mix)
08 Thunderbolt (Death Grips Remix)
09 Dark Matter (Alva Noto Remodel)
10 Thunderbolt (Omar Souleyman Remix)
11 Solstice (Current Value Remix)
12 Moon (The Slips Remix)
13 Crystalline (Matthew Herbert Remix)
Listen to ‘Virus (Hudson Mohawke “Peaches and Guacamol” remix)’ here: