My thought is that there are two types of people when it comes to KMFDM, those who have heard “Juke-Joint Jezebel”, whether it was from a hopped up night of ecstacy or the Mortal Kombat Soundtrack. Then there are the others, who at the least have heard Nihil in its entirety, if not a lot of other stuff KMFDM has put out. I think fans of both will be pleased with what we have here.
March 8th graced us with a brand new single from KMFDM’s upcoming album WTF!?, called “Krank”. It’s a 5 track affair, 3 remixes of the title track, and then two, well, we’ll get to “Day of Light”.
First things first. Brute! has again created this cover, showing the KMFDM crew in semi-caricature, with Sascha the captain of this deranged ship. It’s wonderful fan service, without a doubt. The interior talks about their return to the format of the single, as well as some history of “Day of Light”. As usual, KMFDM gives us a complete package, even with it just being a single.
Version 1, appropriately called the “Kapt’n K Mix” is bassy, with strong Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, and DJ Shadow references. For all of the throwback on this version, it still feels modern, and Sascha’s vocals haven’t lost their intensity at all since their last full release, 2009’s Blitz. It still has the tongue in cheek humor that KMFDM is great at, whether it’s talking themselves up, or tearing themselves apart.
Version 2, or the “Komor Kommando Mix”, has a much heavier club feel, with a much more stark bass drum, and a diminishing of the ambient noise. One of my favorite parts of this version is hearing brief parts of Lucia Cifarelli vocals in the background (I can only hear this with headphones, and not on speakers).
Our buddy Skold returns for the “Knark Mix”. While this song is anthemic from beginning to end, this is definitely the most chill mix of the three, if you can even call it that.
So then we move onto “Day of Light.” This song is an oddity, as even though it states that these are both remixes, “Revenge Mix” and “24/7 Mix” respectively, to me they sound about as unrelated as possible. Looking at the liner notes, it seems that this track was part of their 24/7 vinyl releases, which were limited runs on the KMFDM site. I’m definitely a huge fan of the “Revenge Mix”, especially with the dissonant piano later on in the track, it’s a wonderful contrast against the solid groove playing against it.
Anyone who wants some good grooving industrial would be well inclined to pick this up. You can buy it either digitally or on disc, and is worth way more than the $5.50 it cost to pick up. It’s made me super excited for the full album coming out in April, and has been listened to extensively since it arrived in the mail. Highly recommended, please support Sascha and crew who have been making sure that their music is available, even when it goes out of print.