Post​-​remix Retrostep

by Buttress O'Kneel

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"For her first album of the new year, O'Kneel's ever-more iconoclastic and violent approach to creativity is vividly on display. Subtlety has never been one of her strong points, but on Compop 22.3, her mixes are aggressive, ugly, and brutish - acapellas rammed onto backing tracks, cruelly twisted to fit songs in ways that nature never intended. There is literally no respect here: a recently-deceased Lemmy is plonked onto a recently-deceased Guru Josh, with nary a by-your-leave; Amy Winehouse is forced to sing Rehab over the Police's 'Message in a Bottle'; Kanye West's woeful performance of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is sampled and dumped ungraciously in a piece ostensibly about the socially-gendered nature of housework. Breaks are slapped over songs that don't need breaks; tuning and neatness and appropriateness are all qualities that seem to mean little to Ms O'Kneel, who prefers confusion and discomfort. And, presented in two parts amongst the mess and glitch, is a spoken word piece consisting mostly of radio presenters talking about Buttress O'Kneel, in a self-centred epic of increasingly uncomfortable narcissism.

If anything holds this album together, it would appear to be awkwardness and vexation. Which, in these times of instant corporate comfort and immediate satisfaction, may be exactly what we all need. Selfie!"

Department of Silver Linings and Rationalisation
IWML


NOTE: despite what the album cover might lead one to believe, there is absolutely no Courtney Barnett on this album. Nor is there any Edvard Munch, for that matter.

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released January 1, 2016

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Buttress O'Kneel Australia

“Words like "mashup" and "remix" don't really do justice to Buttress O'Kneel's method - Top 40 pop crap gets sliced, diced, and tossed into a dizzying, exciting hardcore electro stew. Compared to other djs who timidly drop a Vanilla Ice acapella over a Chemical Bros intro just to move a dance floor, O'Kneel shreds copyrights with a blood-curdling vehemence. Smash the state!”
- Music 4 Maniacs
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