Legendary French producer transforms Steeple Removeâ€™s droning shoegaze into a euphoric new beast.
One of our final releases of 2018 was the incredible fifth full-length, Vonal-Axis, from the Rouen-based outfit Steeple Remove. Arriving twenty years into their lengthy albeit mysterious career, the album skirted the line between post-punk, dub and kosmische pop. Already long sold-out, Steeple Remove have just shared a remix for the albumâ€™s opening track courtesy of the prolific dance music pioneer Laurent Garnier.
A true hero of the electronic circuit whose career can be traced back to the late-80s, Garnier become something of an icon for carving out an extensive and deeply-eclectic back-catalogue that took its cues from the sounds of Detroit, Chicago and Manchester. The latter perhaps unsurprising considering he was at The HaÃ§ienda where a young Garnier discovered his love of electronic music and wound up DJing in the clubâ€™s heyday under the DJ Pedro moniker.
Where the album version of â€˜Oval-Striiâ€™ was a woozy slice of droning shoegaze, the remix sees Garnier transform the track into an eight-minute voyage of warped, euphoric electronica thatâ€™s driven by cosmic synths and an endless metronomic beat. Shoegaze and dance music may sound like a questionable combo but with both artists being masters of their craft, itâ€™s no surprise that the result is something that makes you want to both stare longingly into the void and dive right into it with wide eyes and an achy jaw. Â
You can check out the remix via the below video, a reworking of the song's original visuals made by Julien Brunet.
PRAISE FOR STEEPLE REMOVE
"From kosmische-driven psychedelia to paranoid, dub-inflected post-punk,Â Steeple Remove continue to break down expectations and shatter barriers." Clash Magazine
"Steeple Remove sound like Can, Neu! and Stereolab playing the mid-section of Yes' The Gates of Delirium in post-punk style. Yep, that good." Prog Magazine
"Using eerie analogue synths, industrial rhythms and effects-laden guitars, they produce a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack." Uncut Magazine