A hybrid between a reissue label and a stable of nu-garde Brooklyn artists, New York's RVNG Intl. imprint is marked by a heightened appreciation for music as an active dialogue between past and present-- not to mention an unexplained distate for vowels. Their illustrious FRKWYS series, which began with Volume 2, featured spirited transgenerational exchanges between Excepter, Arp, The Psychic Ills, and a group of A-list electronic masters as varied as Chris & Cosey (of Throbbing Gristle), Anthony Moore (Henry Cow), Hans-Joachim Irmler (Faust), and Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins.
Now that RVNG is reissuing Berlin electronic composer and Cosmic Jokers/Ash Ra Temple percussionist Harald Grosskopf's legendary 1980 Synthesist LP, it would seem fitting that the label pay lip service to the inspiration this Sky Records cult favorite has provided to the pilots of the contemporary synth revival. When it drops next Tuesday, the new master of Synthesist will be accompanied by Re-Synthesist, a recreation of the entire album composed of remixes by some of Grosskopf's most ardent millennial admires, including Oneohtrix Point Never, Blondes, Stellar Om Source, CFCF, and even Mr. Jim Ferraro. Check out Blondes' lightly smudged rendition of title track and album centerpiece "Synthesist" below (but not before scoping the original, because it's perfect!).
Synthesist LP re-issue + Re-Synthesist CD are out February 15th via RVNG Intl.