1. Maps Remix
2. Simon Mills Remix
3. Mig Dfoe Remix
4. Xspance ‘King of the Lokans’ Remix
5. Xspance ‘Elekton Moon’ Remix
6. My.head Remix
7. Russian Linesman ‘Ambient Version’
The Russian Linesman is a “modern day composer” who has become a somewhat cult figure over the past eleven years, crossing paths with mavericks such as James Holden, Nathan Fake, Ryan Davis, Applescal and Laurent Garnier, along the way. In a remarkable series of 7-track mini-LP releases throughout 2017, titled ‘The Eysenck Suites I-IV’, the Russian Linesman explored the psychological theories of Hans Eysenck and the emotions they encompass, a project that the British Psychological Society endorsed: http://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/finding-melancholic-balance.
The series saw the enigmatic artist receive support and plaudits from a disparate collection of respected DJ/Producers, including Maps (Mute), Simon Mills (of Bent fame), Max Cooper, Steve Miller (Afterlife), Nick Warren (on his ‘Sound Garden’ radio show), C-Jay (Bedrock), DJ Morpheus, Quivver and many more. Nemone’s continual, pioneering support for the project, on her wonderfully eclectic ‘Electric Ladyland’ BBC 6Music radio show, proved a real pivotal moment. The Linesman was thrilled when she invited him to participate in her ‘An Evening With…’ guest slot – an honour previously bestowed upon the likes of Jon Hopkins, Jean-Michel Jarre, Future Sound of London, Darren Emerson, Leftfield, Fatboy Slim, Ellen Allien and DJ Shadow.
Now, in 2018 the Russian Linesman is set to embark on an ambitious remix project, giving a carefully selected array of highly talented visionaries the opportunity to interpret his own musical adventures. This new series features remixes of some of the ‘The Eysenck Suites I-IV’ finest moments, the catalyst being those tracks aired by Nemone at BBC 6Music.
The first 7-track mini-LP in this new remix series focuses on ‘The Trigan Empire’ taken from the third suite, titled ‘Sanguine’. The original EP is here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1Hixbz9dYYJu9tYlcHmwlc
This illustrious group of remixers is led by James Chapman aka Maps, the Mercury Prize nominated producer and recording artist. His magnificently beautiful electronica recreation additionally features Maps singing the words of a poem that the Russian Linesman wrote at the start of his project. This is artistic endeavour of the utmost highest order.
Simon Mills (aka Napoleon) is the electronic and eclectic DJ/Producer who rose to musical prominence in the 00’s as one half of wonky chillout duo Bent. His solo work continues his trademark quirky, slightly vintage, nostalgic, warm style, and as such he is a perfect candidate to interpret the Russian Linesman’s work with suitably Balearic vibe featuring his dazzling piano playing.
There are also remixes by Xspance, my.head and Mig Dfoe. The mini-LP is concluded, rather appropriately, by the Russian Linesman himself, who returns to his mixing desk to reinterpret his own original track as a heart melting, melodious, ambient masterpiece.
The four remix mini-LPs will be released at bi-monthly intervals:
The Trigan Empire Remixes (loki014) – 19th February 2018
How Can The Sky Be So Beautiful When We Have Been So Bad? Remixes (loki015) – April 2018
Lonesome Road Remixes (loki016) – July 2018
Sierra Madre Remixes (loki017) – August 2018