My first thought after buying this EP was "oh my god, what have I let myself in for". The answer, extremely surprisingly, is not what I expected. I've never comes across Earthly before but their remix of "The Alcoholic" is an abstract perambulation through house's haunted wing, under attack from weird vocal samples, that gets stranger as it progresses but remains relatively subdued throughout. I'd be extremely concerned by the mental state of anyone who assumed an Eric Copeland remix of a Gobby track would be anything less than the aural equivalent of a truckload of gelignite crashing into a sewage treatment plant but although his overhaul of "Hometown" is pretty peculiar by conventional standards, it's nowhere near the 4 minutes of carnage I expected and is not just listenable but repeatedly so. Again, it's awash with incongruous vocal samples and many of its beats appear not to have been informed of their purpose, but Gobby and Eric Copeland are true masters of the misleading, hence the track's grooveless grooviness. "The Remix EP"'s masterpiece though is saved for last. Dean Blunt, one of electronic music's true mavericks turns "The Dishwasher" from a thing of mayhem into a thing of beauty. Once again, convention is sidelined almost to the point where it no longer exists and despite its beats, it effortlessly reaches that weightless splendour so much ambient music strives for but comes nowhere near achieving. A wonderful EP but for the exact opposite of the reasons I thought it might be.
Favorite track: The Dishwasher (Dean Blunt Remix).