The Kahanek Incident (May 20) is the name of the first in a
promised series of remix twelve-inches from Trance Syndicate Records. Back in
January, ATN talked to the label's founder, Butthole Surfers' drummer King
Coffey, and he told us what he had in mind was "two bands swap tapes and remix
each other's songs." Just that simple. Coffey also told us what intrigued him
about the idea was how it had the potential to "cross the line between what's
your music and what's somebody else's."
The first two bands on deck for
the experiment are Coffey's own side project, Drain, and the Trance Syndicate
band Windsor for the Derby. Like Coffey promised, "It's cool, because the Drain
song is almost completely obscured and deconstructed, so you can't even really
tell what the original was like, which is what I wanted."
have taken the Drain song "Marrakesh: 3 A.M." and stripped it bare, leaving
only a three-minute intro of a high-pitched ambient squeal, followed by a
submerged, backwards-masked-sounding guitar and vaguely world music beat. The
warped, eerie track pulses with what sounds like more backwards masking, of
marimbas (we think), which are eventually taken over by a droning, pulsing hum
that loops as if it's coming from an instrument switched on and left to its own
The Drain remixes of Windsor for the Derby's "Exposito," are even
more twisted. The first remix, the "Enfield mix," also makes use of dog whistle
high squeals and whistles, laid over a clattering hip-hop/tribal beat. Coffey
manages to make the song sound both more technological and cold, while layering
it with three (or more) different warm beats that give it a menacing feel. The
more spacy "Exposition Mix" glides in on a set of steely waves of sound,
rippling tape hiss and electronic echo, only to be taken over by an infectious
electro funk beat. For a few minutes there, the "Egyptian Lover"-sounding snap
tempo combined with the metal wire echo effects wouldn't sound out of place at
a goth club, especially with the jungly breakdown and electronic seagull
fade-out at the end.
Next up on the tape-switching front: Trance Syndicate
band Furry Things and the Electric Company on June 10.