Killing Joke ‎– Alchemy - The Remixes

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Requiem (A Floating Leaf Always Reaches The Sea Mix) 10:24
4 Stations Of The Sun (Hallucinogen Mix) 7:25
Pandemonium (The Dragonfly Mix) 6:12
Drug (Black Sun Mix) 6:05
Millennium (Back To Orion Mix) 6:47
Exorcism (The Bretonic Revenge - Total Eclipse Remix Edit) 6:11
Pandemonium (A Thread Of Steel In The Suspension Bridge Of Time Mix) 9:08
Democracy (Russian Tundra Mix) 17:45

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTD 159.3221.2 Killing Joke Alchemy - The Remixes(CD, Comp) Rough Trade RTD 159.3221.2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
RTD 159.3221.0 Killing Joke Alchemy - The Remixes(12") Rough Trade RTD 159.3221.0 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
RTD159.3221.0 Killing Joke Alchemy - The Remixes(12", Single, W/Lbl) Rough Trade RTD159.3221.0 1996 Sell This Version

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K1tSVW

K1tSVW

June 6, 2021
referencing Alchemy - The Remixes, CD, Comp, RTD 159.3221.2
There was a sticker on this. Anyone knows what it said?
doctorg

doctorg

November 12, 2019
referencing Alchemy - The Remixes, 12", RTD 159.3221.0

Youth (sometime bass player for the band), was also involved with any number of Goa acts at Butterfly studios, hence this remix project. I'm not keen on Johan Bley's Mandragora remix, but the other mixes are good, and it is good to hear our metalhead goths given the Goa treatment. ~*~
Joseph_S

Joseph_S

December 8, 2008
referencing Alchemy - The Remixes, CD, Comp, RTD 159.3221.2

Unsurprisingly, this looks fairly sought from old-school Goa-heads. Can it get any better? Tracklist reveals 4 remixes by the old-school heavyweights Hallucinogen, Man With No Name, Juno Reactor and Total Eclipse. Enough said, you would say. There’s also a remix by Black Sun, an early Dragonfly Records artist. Even more, compilation is rounded off by an 18 minute ambient mix by The Orb. You’ll say I want this one, definitely. I was always looking forward impatiently for this until I popped it into my stereo.

Compilation kicks off with Requiem. This track has not much to do with Goa, Trance or even Ambient. It’s a long and repetitive breakbeat track with those inevitable guitar riffs. Track 2 is where the Goa starts, no surprise if you look at the remix artist involved. Even though named “4 Stations Of The Sun” the track is the same as Democracy (Hallucinogen Mix) as on the Democracy remix vinyl/cd-single and as appeared on some other compilation! Cold shower in mid-December! Musically, I have heard better remixes by Simon Posford but it’s still a decent rework.

Following is a remix by Martin Freeland. All remixes I know by Man With No Name have that heavy melodic sound but Pandemonium here looks dry when compared to other remix works. It lacks melodic layers and is overwhelmed by the guitar. Track 4 is a very powerful and chaotic Goa tune, a full-on stormer sounding very raw and primitive. Looks like it’s recorded a bit louder than the other tracks though.

Labelled as “Back to Orion Mix”, liner notes reveal that the remix 5 is done by Juno Reactor. This is my favourite song. The style is very similar to the early Goa tracks by this legendary act (Feel The Universe / Mars / Labyrinth) and if you know these tracks you will like the heavy Industrial sound and the hypnotic melodies very reminiscent of their early productions. Remix 6 is done by Total Eclipse. Not much of a Total Eclipse sound I can hear here though. The track is the slowest of the five 4/4 tracks.

Track 7 is a dubby/breakbeat track remixed by the good old Youth. Honestly this doesn’t turn me on. Luckily my day is saved by an epic remix of the great Orb band. It’s an eighteen minute Ambient/Dub track with that 100% Orb flavour.

Hate to say these things, but for the price this compact seems to sell you’re better off getting the vinyl sampler having 4 out of the 5 4/4 tracks on this disc; the track left out being the Total Eclipse mix which surely is the weakest! Mastering (if any ever) is poor. Orb lovers will find that the remix featured here was released on a previous 12” / cd-single and will be happy to know that if they don’t like heavy Goa beats this remix appeared also on his remix project compilation “Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty” in 1996.

Except for it’s peculiarity, I can’t recommend this one, sorry.
Jikkenteki

Jikkenteki

October 26, 2004
edited over 17 years ago
referencing Alchemy - The Remixes, 12", RTD 159.3221.0

For some odd reason, Killing Joke has released a number of psy-intensive remixes over the years. On this e.p. Stations of the Sun will quickly stand out being remixed by the "master", Hallucinogen. The sound is very much in keeping with Twisted era Hallucinogen. Hallucinogen has of coursed released better tracks, but when Simon Posford is involved, the quality level is always very high so fans of the old sound can't really go wrong here. The Dragonfly Mix of Pandemonium is remixed by none other than Man With No Name and again, the MWNN sound is all over it. This mix is actually pretty minimal for its time and while sounding like MWNN, it doesn't have the huge MWNN melodies that filled his music during that period.

The Back To Orion mix of Millenium is also created to Hallucinogen, however this mix isn't listed on the Hallucinogen discography, and it sure doesn't really sound like Hallucinogen outside of a few bits here and there. If anything thing it reminds me of Juno Reactor. Regardless, once it starts up, it is a fairly decent remix in the old goa vein. Intellect (Mandra Gora remix) closes off the e.p. and the style is, again, old school. All told, while the Hallucinogen remix is the highlight of the e.p., the remaining mixes are close in quality and similar in vibe, making this a rare remix e.p. that is actually cohesive in sound and vibe. Good stuff for fans of the old goa sounds.