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Review: 'Membranes, The'
'Nocturnal (Kitty Lectro Remixes) EP'   

-  Label: 'Definitive Gaze'
-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave' -  Release Date: '29th November 2019'

Our Rating:
‘What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away’ continued The Membranes’ post-millennium purple patch, which has seen them release almost as much material in 10 years as the preceding three decades with another epic double album.

The Kitty Lectro Remixes EP of ‘Nocturnal’, lifted from said exploratory masterwork, has the vibe of a late 80s / early 90s 12”, offering up a brace of remixes alongside the album version. And despite my general distain for remixes, I’m cool with this. Because it’s The Membranes for a start. And because the remixes are of merit, bringing new dimensions to the original and offering more than passing for an easy cash-in single release.

If the Kitty Lectro remix, which doubles out the track’s duration cuts out the skewed Gang of Four guitars and the ragged post-punk edge and brings some vintage electro vibes that call to mind ‘Fade to Grey’. There’s a hefty dose of second-wave goth and a light touch of technoindustrial about it, too. Pushing the ‘dance, dance, dance’ refrain of the Joy Division-referencing original, it’s accessible, hooky, and dancefloor-friendly for alternative club nights.

The 'Lectro Kitty Miow Miow Money Mix' is an altogether different proposition: a bleak, sedated hip-hop reworking that visits RZA’s Bobby Digital territory, a dark, woozy postapocalyptic space that couldn’t be further from angular guitar-driven post-punk sonically, but somehow mirrors the attitudinal intent.

Presented together and alongside the original version, these interpretations illustrate the immense potentiality of the imagination, while at the same time highlighting the strength of the material.
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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