To employ the strictest musicological term: yow. That’s Autechre‘s remix of the Bug‘s “Skeng.” The track has reappeared at self-titledmag.com, having been available first, for just 24 hours, at factmag.com on September 21.
The original version of the track, “Skeng,” appeared on London Zoo, the 2008 dubstep album that teamed the Bug (aka Kevin Martin, aka Techno Animal, and numerous other sonic guises) with various vocalists, in this case Killa P and Flow Dan. The revised “Skeng (Autechre Dub)” buries those words in a thick minimalist murk. While in no way unprecedented, it’s great to see an artist long associated with Warp — that is, Autechre — step over and participate on a Ninja Tune project. The two labels are longstanding British progenitors of electronic music (and derivations thereof). The song was previously remixed by Kode9 (currently streaming at youtube.com).
A dual-12″ Bug EP due out November 15, titled Infected, will feature the Autechre track, along with a Justin K. Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) remix, among other goods. No formal listing at the Ninja Tune site, but keep an eye on its “singles” page at ninjatune.net. This is, of course, the 20th anniversary of the founding of the label; more details on its celebratory releases at ninjatunexx.net.