Psychic Ills + Hans-Joachim Irmler + Juan Atkins + Gibby Haynes = amazing

Derek Evers

Our bros over at RVNG have this awesome series called FRKWYS that's now four volumes deep. Their hatred of vowels aside, they've created an amazing catalog of music through these collaborations.

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The fourth volume of FRKWYS sees the work of Psychic Ills reinterpreted by an ancestry of artists that reflect the New York City group's artistic trajectory over the last seven years of avant exploration. Get that? In other words, like their press release's, “each artist selected to collaborate with Psychic Ills helped pioneer a new realm in electronic music.

Psychic Ills first initiated contact with Hans-Joachim Irmler, founding member of German kraut-fathers Faust, who delivers a primal / industrial strength double take on “Witchcraft Breaker” from Dins, the band's first full length. Detroit techno progenitor Juan Atkins was contacted on an unlikely whim and immediately responded to “Mantis” from Ills' second album Mirror Eye, with a boiler room deep mix that whumps to a soulful bass line and scans 180 phase fields. Psychic Ills tour companion Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers grips “I Take You As My Wife Again”, another track from Mirror Eye, and hypnotically oscillates it into dark dimensions of synthesized rhythm.”

Limited to 550 copies, this is definitely a collectors item; packaged in thick black jackets with a two color adhesive wrap, 50 subscriber copies will come in leatherette jackets. I don't normally put sell tags in my posts, but I can tell you now these will be gone soon, and RVNG doesn't give out many MP3s, so if you want to hear it, you should go get yourself a copy.

They were however, nice enough to let us give you the Juan Atkins mix. Enjoy.

Psychic Ills, “Mantis (Juan Atkins remix)”

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