• Coppe' vs. Bit-Phalanx
  • Bit-Phalanx Music / Mango + Sweetrice Records
  • 2011-10-03

Prolific Japanese electronic music producer Coppe’ has 12 solo albums to her name and a legendary reputation. Famed in her home country and a serial collaborator with fellow electronica pioneers such as Plaid, Red Snapper and The Orb, she’s teamed up with one of the UK’s freshest electronic labels Bit-Phalanx for a charity remix project. Set to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier this year, her track “Yogurt” has become the theme of a compilation which sees Bit-Phalanx acts and associates give their own unique interpretation of the tune, including Minotaur Shock (4AD), Kettel (Planet-Mu / Neo Ouija), Mrs Jynx (Planet-Mu), Terminal 11 (CockRockDisco / Phthalo), Libythth (Phthalo) and former Sneaker Pimps vocalist, Kelli Ali (One Little Indian).

This is familiar territory for Bit-Phalanx having announced its arrival on the music scene with a remix album for HK-119, Fast and Cheap Mixes, which saw it’s artist take on a tune each and evolve them with using their own style. A huge success, Yogurt applies a similar trick but with just one of Coppe’s tunes. A quirky act much like HK-119, Coppe’s “Yogurt” gives Bit-Phalanx’s roster and guests the chance to take her whispering vocals and warped electronica to do as they please with, mixing up delicious treats inspired by a range of genres. Though it’s a samey listen if you opt to go from start to finish, it’s far more likely that you’ll dip in and out of particular tunes that suit your taste or mood at the time.

They take her whispering vocals and warped electronica to do as they please with, mixing up delicious treats inspired by a range of genres.

Gareth Clarke’s trademark splicing of the whimsical and the harsher see a slow and sleepy start dissolve into a dubstep drubbing then Jilk’s “With Bits” and Kelli Ali’s “Black Cherry” remixes add lashings of acid to the track’s palette. Professor Ojo finds a funky electronic side, Mrs Jynx gives a soaring space journey of an interpretation and T-Toe’s trumpet is a welcome addition on his “Museli and Honey” remix. Niggle’s lovingly-titled “Probiotic Suppository” remix has a gritty wobble bass and Terminal 11’s “Mango Lassi” remix is a beat frenzy.

The Fred moTh “Ball” remix emphasises the vocals, giving them more clarity over a broken beat before the Minotaur Shock remix goes on a mellow trip hop tip. Mr O’s “Fungal Remedy” remix sees the vocals moved into the background as percussive beats are brought to the fore in an inventive fashion ahead of Librythth’s “Me No Heart” remix which turns “Yogurt” into the soundtrack of a horror film composed on an 8-bit computer followed by Martin Phone’s “Higher Culture” is an fun electro take on the tune.

At nearly eight minutes, the epic Kettel & Secede’s “Lo Almal” remix is a dreamy finale for the physical release, though the digital release comes with the source material plus The Jash Mash which reverberates the original and King Elytron’s “Dietry Chaos” remix which has industrial-strength distortion for the hardened ear. The best is saved for the main release with Gareth Clarke, T-Toe, Mr O and Professor Ojo bringing out their own flavours from the base ingredients but every artist makes a carefully-constructed contribution for what is a very worthy cause.

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