Regular readers will know of my admiration for Enter Shikari. They are an incredible band, really grounded guys and amazingly creative. Enter Shikari are never afraid to push the boundaries of rock music and they always showcase a wide range of influences in their albums. Enter Shikari also have a history of reimagining their work.
In January of this year Enter Shikari released their fourth studio album, The Mindsweep and today announced that they will release a remixed and reimagined version of the album on October 30th. ‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised‘ will be released on Ambush Reality/Play It Again Sam, and is a collaboration between Enter Shikari and London-based Hospital Records, who since 1996 have become one of the world’s foremost labels in drum & bass music.
‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised’ sees every track on Enter Shikari’s UK Top Ten album ‘The Mindsweep’ reimagined by some of the most respected and cutting edge artists working in drum & bass today; including the likes of Metrik, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd, London Elektricity (a coup in itself, with L.E’s take on ‘Dear Future Historians’ being their first remix in nearly three years), Keeno and more.
As vocalist Rou Reynolds explains: “We’ve always been big on our B-sides and remixes, with every album we’ve always tried to get a load of drum & bass remixes done. Hospital-wise we did one with High Contrast around the time of our second album ‘Common Dreads’, for instance. While we were making ‘The Mindsweep’ we started the idea of having a consolidated collection of just d’n’b tracks. Because ‘The Mindsweep’ is such a varied album we just thought it’d be quite interesting to see what a drum & bass take on each track would be, and Hospital’s the one label that I personally have been into forever.”
I am personally not a fan of Drum & Bass music, if I am honest it all sounds the same to me and I find it pretty dull as a rule. I do however love The Mindsweep so it will be interesting to see how this works out. If the version of Anaesthetist above is anything to go by it will certainly be intense.
‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised’ will be available on CD, 2 x coloured vinyl LP, and download. It is available for pre-order from today from: http://www.entershikari.com and will be available in all record stores, online retailers and streaming services from October 30th.