Legendary electronic duo The Crystal Method — Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland — are well known for their numerous breakbeat and trip-hop innovations, but they’re also expert remixers, having put many a unique spin on a broad swath of artists ranging from The Doors (“Roadhouse Blues”) to New Order (“Bizarre Love Triangle”) to UNKLE (“Reign”). After dropping their self-titled The Crystal Method comeback album in early 2014 — delayed for a year while Kirkland recovered from brain surgery — the dynamic duo began thinking about literally having the tables turned on themselves. Thus was born Remixed, available now through their own Tiny e imprint in a variety of formats, including uniquely configured bundles at Core, iTunes, Beatport, and Spotify (the latter two each containing different bonus tracks).
“We had some remixes done early on, prior to the release of the record,” explains Jordan. “Originally, we either were going to release more singles and have remixes for those, or we were going to do a Deluxe Edition of the album with the remixes added. We found we had so many good remixes that we said, ‘Hey, this is worthy of a release all on its own.’” Adds Kirkland, “We made changes in some of the edits because of the unfortunate nature of the ADD listener nowadays. But they retained some of the original fidelity from the mastered source.” A veritable variety of remix stylists have re-envisioned vibrant TCM tracks like Kezwik’s percussive tour de force tackling of “Difference,” Terravita’s tornado tempo take on “Grace” (which also transforms guest vocalist LeAnn Rimes into Pat Benatar), and King Arthur’s sibilant mush-mouth mashdown of “Over It.”
In addition to appearing at Gasem’s event at The Clevelander on Friday, March 30 during Miami Music Week, The Crystal Method are hard at work on a remix for a high-profile Web developer’s new hush-hush project, and they also composed an original score with Tobias Enhus for The Sisterhood of Night, which hits theaters April 10. “We’re trying to concentrate a lot more on scoring for film and television,” confirms Jordan. “We’re working on some really cool things, like a new and interesting take on virtual reality with a real cool director.”
I rang up Jordan and Kirkland in their Southern California recording studio to discuss the genesis of Remixed, the possibility of remixing their catalog for high-resolution playback, and the current state of EDM. Sling the decks.
Full interview Via digitaltrends.com