Discovering Bristol’s Ree-Vo has been one of the musical highlights of my year so far. I reviewed their recent album All Welcome On Planet Ree-Vo at the end of July, hailing it an instant classic, and musician and music producer Andy Spaceland and rapper T. Relly also gave Joyzine their music selection for ‘My Life In 10 Songs’ a few weeks ago. But if, like me, you bought the vinyl you might also have got the bonus remix 10” Dial R for Ree-Vo featuring this version of ‘Automatic’ by electronic punks NØISE.
Whereas the original version swirls between psych-folk and the influence of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark studio, Ree-Vo have elongated the track, dialled up the dub, and broken the song into sections while T. Relly flies straight and true as an arrow through everything with a syncopated rap about the strength to fight the duplicity of everything from consumerism, family to religion.
Andy Spaceland has fired the song through black holes and spiral galaxies to create the kind of reverberation that could shake tectonic plates lose, the sub-bass is from 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea and there’s a siren halfway through that could have come from The Purge. T. Relly’s rap is also beautifully contrasted with Merritt Lear’s higher plain vocal line which is as clear and sweet as galactic manna.
NB: NØISE features Shepard Fairey who creates iconic artwork such as the Barack Obama “Hope” image and the Obey Giant campaign and I would also highly recommend the documentary Obey Giant
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Review by Paul F Cook