Throbbing Gristle

Mutant Throbbing Gristle

BY Mike AdairPublished May 1, 2004

It’s been 30 years since their original formation and Throbbing Gristle remain a highly influential name in the world of industrial music. Mutant Throbbing Gristle is a remix album that strangely works well. This is the perfect vehicle for a modern audience to be given a chance to familiarise themselves with Throbbing Gristle. "Hot On the Heels of Love (Carl Craig Re-Version)” is a great track, maintaining the retro synth and enhancing a spiritual, sexual edge. It’s about three minutes too long though. Simon Ratcliffe’s remix of the same song is more effective, drawing upon a psychedelic spin and upbeat tempo to drive it home. Probably the best track the album has to offer is "United (Two Lone Swordsmen Remix – Vocal Version)” which is nothing short of catchy synthetic fun. Finally, to cherry up this electronic sundae, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti blissfully mix both songs into "HotheelsUnited.” Overall, Mutant Throbbing Gristle is deeply respectful to the group’s original work. There still remains a surreal, robotic mood, but with a fresh take. This is a good album for older fans or people looking to explore.

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