Legendary French producer transforms Steeple Remove’s droning shoegaze into a euphoric new beast.

One of our final releases of 2018 was the incredible fifth full-length, Vonal-Axis, from the Rouen-based outfit Steeple Remove. Arriving twenty years into their lengthy albeit mysterious career, the album skirted the line between post-punk, dub and kosmische pop. Already long sold-out, Steeple Remove have just shared a remix for the album’s opening track courtesy of the prolific dance music pioneer Laurent Garnier.

A true hero of the electronic circuit whose career can be traced back to the late-80s, Garnier become something of an icon for carving out an extensive and deeply-eclectic back-catalogue that took its cues from the sounds of Detroit, Chicago and Manchester. The latter perhaps unsurprising considering he was at The Haçienda where a young Garnier discovered his love of electronic music and wound up DJing in the club’s heyday under the DJ Pedro moniker.

Where the album version of ‘Oval-Strii’ was a woozy slice of droning shoegaze, the remix sees Garnier transform the track into an eight-minute voyage of warped, euphoric electronica that’s driven by cosmic synths and an endless metronomic beat. Shoegaze and dance music may sound like a questionable combo but with both artists being masters of their craft, it’s no surprise that the result is something that makes you want to both stare longingly into the void and dive right into it with wide eyes and an achy jaw.  

You can check out the remix via the below video, a reworking of the song’s original visuals made by Julien Brunet.

PRAISE FOR STEEPLE REMOVE

“From kosmische-driven psychedelia to paranoid, dub-inflected post-punk, Steeple Remove continue to break down expectations and shatter barriers.” Clash Magazine

“Steeple Remove sound like Can, Neu! and Stereolab playing the mid-section of Yes’ The Gates of Delirium in post-punk style. Yep, that good.” Prog Magazine

“Using eerie analogue synths, industrial rhythms and effects-laden guitars, they produce a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack.” Uncut Magazine