Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Rob Zombie - Mondo Sex Head (CD Review)

01.Thunder Kiss '65 (JDevil Number Of The Beast Remix)
02.Living Dead Girl (Photek Remix)
03.Let It All Bleed Out (Document One Remix)
04.Foxy Foxy (Ki Theory Remix)
05.More Human Than Human (Jack Dangers Remix)
06.Dragula (††† Remix)
07.Pussy Liquor (Ki_Theory Remix)
08.Lords of Salem (Das Kapital Remix)
09.Never Gonna Stop (Drumcorps Acid Remix)
10.Superbeast (Kraddy Remix)
11.Devil's Hole Girls (Tobias Enhus Remix) ft. The Jane Antonia Cornish String Quartet)
12.Burn (The Bloody Beetroots Motherfucker Remix)
13.Mars Needs Women (Griffin Boice Remix)

Back in 1999 Rob released 'American Music To Strip By' an all star remix album and now 13 years later comes a sort of volume 2 (containing new mixes of 3 songs that appeared on said release).There had also been a remix album 'Super Sexy Swining Sounds' in 1996 for White Zombie.
This collection features Rob's favourites Remixed By Some Of Today’s Groundbreaking Producers & DJs, including KoRn’s Jonathan “JDevil” Davis, Photek, the Bloody Beetroots, Drumcorps and Ki:Theory.
Mondo Sex Head was curated and executive produced by Jason Bentley, Music Director at L.A.’s influential KCRW and Electronic Dance Music expert. Richard Bishop, co-executive producer of RE:GENERATION music project and documentary film, supervised the project. Each track was hand selected by Rob Zombie who road-tested many of the songs in his car, driving the L.A. streets.

Throughout his career, iconic music artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of music, film and publishing. Zombie, who has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide and has earned seven Grammy® nominations, is no stranger to repurposing his work, cross-fertilizing his fan base and generally pushing the limits of modern-day art. Over the years he has worked with outside DJs, remixers and producers starting with the 1992 remix of White Zombie’s first-ever, MTV-fueled hit, “Thunder Kiss ’65.”

“I like the idea of taking songs and reconfiguring them,” says Zombie about the album, who is taking an alternative approach in the digital retail space. The album will be preceded by two separate, digital-only EPs, with tracks taken from Mondo Sex Head and exclusive bonus tracks.

With dubstep and rock rapidly banging heads together, Spinefarm’s Mondo Sex Head couldn’t arrive at a better time, featuring remixes from all corners of dance music by the likes of KoRn’s Jonathan “JDevil” Davis (“Thunder Kiss ‘65”), Photek (“Living Dead Girl”), Document One (“Let It All Bleed Out”), Ki:Theory (“Foxy Foxy” & “Pussy Liquor”), Big Black Delta (“More Human Than Human”), ††† aka Chino of Deftones (“Dragula”), Das Kapital (“Lords of Salem”), Drumcorps (“Never Gonna Stop”), former Glitch Mob member Kraddy (“Superbeast”) and the Bloody Beetroots (“Burn”), among others. Zombie credits the idea for the album to a conversation with his manager, Andy Gould, who told him he was constantly hearing DJs incorporate samples of Zombie’s music into their performance sets.
Rob Zombie’s Mondo Sex Head finds its creator returning to claim his legacy in the burgeoning world of electronic dance music. By bringing together music and film, rock and dance, arena mosh pits and club dance floors, Rob Zombie is proving a cultural phenomenon, with a fan base that is constantly growing.

First up with 'Thunder Kiss 65' comes a bass heavy dancefloor killer! fuck seriously this is good!
Photek's 7 minute darkwave mix of 'Living Dead Girl' is just awesome, dark brroding and just plain evil like Kraftwerk jamming with the Sisters of Mercy.
Beautiful acoustic guitar intro to 'Let It All Bleed Out' before crashing into a Prodigy/Chase & Status crossover with ear destroying synth overkill.
The version of 'More Human Than Human' has that Goldfrapp drum pattern running through it, kinda cool :-)
A very bass heavy ambient feel to the remix of 'Dragula' sort of manages to totally reinvent the song (in a good way).
'Pussy Liquor' is a better mix than Ki Therorys other song 'Foxy Foxy', nice use of analogue synth.
If there was such a thing as "Extreme Death Rave" then this would be its signiture tune because its the only way i can describe this version of 'Lords Of salem' and 7 minutes of pure power!
Always one of my fave Rob tracks anyway and this version of 'Never Gonna Stop' is actually pretty near to the original just a bit darker with nasty synth work throughout.
Okay well 'Superbeast' is clearly the worst mix on this album, just does not work at all.
'Devils Hole Girls' gets things back on track with another dancefloor mash up.
The mix of 'Burn' is weird, got that dubstep feel with some strange mixes of 70's style guitar work and sampling.
The kinda bass sound that takes out your neighbours windows (if aimed just right, must try it sometime), 'Mars Needs Women' is definatley one to play loud.

So if there was a rave party in hell: THIS IS THE SOUNDTRACK!


Rating 10/10

For fans Of: Ministry, Rammstein, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Kraftwerk.

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