Published Nov 11, 2015You'd think that an instrumental version of an album released just six weeks prior would make one of the least essential releases of the year, but when you're dealing with pros like Kevin Martin and Christian Fennesz, there's always a chance of being proven wrong. King Midas Sound helped give Fennesz's icy and foggy drone a dose of personality and firmness on this year's underrated Edition 1; for this companion, the four-piece strip down the songs, but in a more thematic way, creating dub versions that seemingly fit within each artist's creative oeuvre.
Considering the limiting construct of working from stock material, it's surprising how many new ideas are presented on Edition 1 Instrumentals, as King Midas Sound and Fennesz move from noisy soundscapes ("Wave Version") and Augustus Pablo-flavoured nods ("Melt Version") to straight ambient think-pieces ("Above Water"). As such, Edition 1 Instrumentals comes more off like a piece of extended art produced out of pure adoration than it does a cash-in. (Ninja Tune)