Twenty years. That’s how long it has been since Lee Buford and Chip King founded The Body, undoubtedly one of the most important bands in extreme music over the course of the last two decades. This was achieved both through their own releases and through a series of collaborative efforts with the likes of Thou, Full of Hell, Uniform, The Haxan Cloak, Krieg, Vampillia, and more. To celebrate this anniversary, the band chose to once again pursue their collaborative streak and release «Remixed», a double LP of remixes made by “longtime friends, artists who The Body have influenced or been influenced by, and artists with whom the band share a mutual respect.” The last track on the record, «Hallow Hollow», was handled by none other than Lingua Ignota and can be heard below, alongside its original version, from 2016’s «No One Deserves Happiness».
Lingua Ignota is not the only artist from their current base of Providence who remixed a track for the record, with frequent collaborator (as drummer and sound engineer) Seth Manchester remixing «Western Dub» (of whose original release we found no record) and Container tackling «Ten Times A Day, Every Day, A Stranger», the enormous ending of last year’s «I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer». The Body’s Lee Buford said with regards to these choices that “I stand by my assertion that Providence and Providence-related music is the best. Seth is too humble for his own good. He’s a true genius and the best person,” adding that “It’s like a vacation recording with him” and that “Ren [Schofield of Container] is a longtime Providence head just like us. We met Kristin [Hayter of Lingua Ignota] when we went back to Providence to record and play a show there. She’s a true legend. We became friends immediately, and have become best friends since then. It’s always great to make music with her.”
The remaining seven songs were remixed by Moss of Aura, OAA, Mark Solotroff, Moor Mother, Andrew Nolan, Sow Discord, and Peter Rehberg. Below, find the official statement from the band regarding these collaborators.
Remixes by Moss of Aura (Future Island’s Gerrit Welmers) and Peter Rehberg (KTL, Pita) stand as a testament to The Body’s reputation as innovators across genres. It comes as no surprise that The Body would include remixes by friends from around the globe whom they’ve toured with like sometimes live The Body member OAA, Whitehorse’s Dave Coen (Sow Discord), and Andrew Nolan (Intensive Care). Buford explains how humbled they were to include tracks reworked by Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, Bloodyminded), and Moor Mother: “Mark is a legend and has been a longtime friend. He’s a total anomaly because he’s been doing this for decades and still is extremely enthusiastic about music. We’re huge fans of Moor Mother, and she’s making some of the most original music nowadays. She’s like us in that she has all these disparate influences in her music, but she pulls it off so seamlessly.”
«Remixed» is set for release on October 11 by Thrill Jockey on digital and vinyl formats. Pre-orders can be found here (digital) and here (vinyl).
You can follow The Body on Bandcamp and Facebook. Below, further recall their latest collaborative release alongside Uniform, «Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back», released on August 16 through Sacred Bones and available here on cd, digital, and vinyl formats.