Sunday, September 11, 2016

A VILLAINOUS ADVENTURE... Thom Yorke Liberates Unreleased 2009 Lex Records-comissioned DOOM "Gazilli[on] Ear" (Man On Fire Remix) During Benji B BBC Radio 1 DJ Set

"Previously unheard vintage Thom Yorke remix of DOOM's "Gazzillion Ear." Thom sent us this nasty re-working back in 2009. It was marked "Man On Fire Remix," but no one heard it until last night when he dropped it on an epic [installment] of Benji B's BBC Radio 1 show," LexRecords wrote within a brief statement attached to their Thursday, September 8th Soundcloud upload of DOOM's mysterious "Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Gazilli Remix)."

It seems as though DOOM and long-time Radiohead frontman have maintained a mutual admiration for each other's work and wildly different aesthetics since around 2008-09—Yorke has included not only DOOM, but countless J Dilla, Madlib, Flying Lotus, Quasimoto, and MADVILLAIN tracks within numerous BBC Radio 1 DJ sets. Thom Yorke's latest nearly 3-hour Benji B BBC Radio 1 DJ set included everything from Frank Ocean and Sampha to James Blake & Vince Staples' "Timeless" Remix and Death Grips, as well as a few Radiohead and Atoms for Peace deep cuts. Yorke strategically placed his "Gazillion Ear" (Man On Fire Remix) at right around 2:37:00 into his Wednesday night BBC Radio 1 mix; Lex Records seemingly alludes that "Gazilli Ear," as it was initially referred to, is a vaulted alternate cut of Thom's 2010 Born Like This "GAZILLION EAR" REMIX EP-featured edit... making "Gazillion Ear" (Man On Fire Remix) his third, or second depending on how you count, DOOM-fielded remix—this including Thom Yorke and fellow Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood's coveted 2012 There Will Be Blood Soundtrack-sampling "Retarded Fren" remix, which first appeared within Lex's 10th anniversary Complex, Vol. 1 celebratory compilation. It has yet to be seen exactly where DOOM & Thom Yorke's alternate "Gazillion Ear" (Man On Fire Remix) will ultimately end up re-appearing, but I'm just happy it's finally been properly liberated onto the deep, dark depths of The Information Super-highway!

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