I’m proud to invite you to enjoy my 11-track Radiohead tribute album SUBTERRANEAN HOMEMADE ALCHEMY
Free for download (at bottom of this page), the goal of this project is to celebrate Radiohead’s seminal music, and the global charities and causes they support.
About SubTerranean HomeMade Alchemy
Motion Potion wants you to know that you are not alone. He shares your intense love, respect, and admiration for Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway, and Thom Yorke (oh, and Nigel Godrich and Stanley Donwood too). To prove it he has bent every rule of club DJ etiquette by collecting, creating, and playing every Radiohead remix he can get his hands on. That this unique dance-floor meal is digested with both mainstream consternation and unbridled joy from the enlightened few, just encourages him to keep serving it. For the past 5 years, he has been cooking up entire 3-4 hour sets of Radiohead material at his Electric Nostalgia tribute parties. This has led to the creation of dozens of remixes, mashups, edits, and vamps, the best of which will finally be released in August 2016 at subalchemy.com and related social sites.
“The intense appreciation I receive from the tribute sets reaffirms my deep love for these incredible artists,” remarked the Bay Area dj/producer. “Hopefully this release humbly serves as a gateway not just to their exquisite music, but to the vital social causes that Radiohead so ably champions.”
Support the Causes:
- Radiohead – radiohead.com
I was raised on classical music and Radiohead was the only “popular” music I could get my father to listen to. My study of their music has been a ten year labor of love and my classical background has been integral. Their mastery of every aspect of the musical palette, (rhythm, melody, harmony, meter) and their fusion of simultaneous light and dark tones makes theirs a unique ride. Its more Rachmaninoff than Rock n Roll.
- Amnesty International – amnesty.org
Imagine yourself unjustly detained, mistreated, tortured. This is my worst personal nightmare and Amnesty exists to assist people in these situations. — MoPo
- Fair Trade Resource Network – fairtraderesource.org
Let’s work with FTRN and organizations like it to ensure that the people that actually grow our food and make our products make a sustainable income for their work. – MoPo
- Friends of the Earth – foe.org
This is the only earth we have. The demographics of our misuse of its resources are terrifying. There is no “climate change debate”. Its happening and we need to take radical action NOW to stop it. FOE helps educate and advocate on ways to defend the planet, deliver a healthy environment to its residents, make green buying decisions, green voting choices, – MoPo
- Missing People – missingpeople.org/uk
Just one of many great org’s devoted to helping locate the millions that go missing around the world each year (this one focused on the UK). Imagine having a loved one go missing then given hope and practical assistance by an organization such as this one. Pricelss – MoPo
- Pablove Foundation – pablove.org
I lost my mother to colon cancer. It sucks. But at least she was an adult who had lived a rich and full life. Children with cancer haven’t had a chance to yet and Pablove Foundation tries to help them get that chance. They fund research, and directly support families through education and arts programs. – MoPo
- Witness – witness.org
The mass dissemination of mobile phones and social media has the potential to make huge strides in the recognition, and prosecution of human rights abusers. Witness helps train people how to capture and disseminate these acts of inhumanity so that victims have a chance at justice. -MoPo
The other goal of #Subalchemy is to arm other Radiohead aficionado Djs with flat-out bangers to rock in clubs, bars, silent discos, and radio shows, thereby exposing more humans to this crucial modern sonic art. Thus, Subterranean Homemade Alchemy offers many different styles of material to work with, from intense remixes, to frivolous mash-ups, to simple edits, layered with breakbeat, drum & bass, hip hop, glitch and house beats. And just as Radiohead’s source material lives in a rare musical grey area of simultaneous light and dark tones, the #Subalchemy tracks closely follow the band into this dynamic space. Some even include source material from other aficionados and tribute acts; a shout to the Radiohead remix culture that the band has catalyzed. In 2016, the Radiohead Remix is basically its own genre. Some of the remix projects that inspired this one include Max Tannone’s “Jaydiohead“, Amp Live’s “Rainy Days” and
“I start with deep respect for the original songs. Radiohead’s music doesn’t NEED to be remixed, but if I felt I could add some elements to make a track more accessible in a DJ setting, then I’m helping the cause.” said Motion Potion “Which is why I tried to choose rarer source material than most, and why these remixes are purposely less adulterated and formulaic than a standard remix. I was constantly mindful of not wanting to suck the angst, joy, incongruities and “Radioheadness” from them.”
Subterranean Homemade Alchemy kicks off with a rousing bass-infused stomp through There There, revving up the dancefloor quotient, while sacrificing none of the track’s revelatory soul-searching. Trickster, a lesser-known B-Side from the My Iron Lung EP gets a break-beat house treatment that adds synths and bass but (thankfully) sacrifices none of Jonny Greenwood’s brilliant guitar work. Everyone, a collaboration with Canadian glitch producer JPOD, is a mid-tempo banger combining The National Anthem with vocal samples featuring American preacher/politician Jesse Jackson and Jamaican toaster Beanie Man. Bangers & Mash reworks the cult-hit In Rainbows bonus track into an electroclash beatdown using Greenwood’s rhythm parts to take you down and lift you up. Bodysnatchers incorporates classic hip-hop breaks, dirty bass-lines, and the incomparable Beastie Boys to create what is probably the project’s purest remix. Fake Plastic Trees is a mindful attempt to accelerate and enhance an all-time great song while leaving it a song.
Glorious Day, a straight down-the-pipeline drum and bass remix of Lucky, has made Motion Potion many a new friend at many a sunrise set. The ambitious rework of Planet Telex features live beat-boxing, banjo parts from the Corporate Love: Bluegrass to Radiohead, and interspersed samples from both the original, and Secret Society’s incredible tribute version. Just Break was actually the first Mash-Up Motion Potion ever made (more than a decade ago), a simple but infectious mix of Just with Jurassic 5’s Break. The Drum & Bass returns with a liquid edit of the gorgeous string-filled Weird Fishes that will get the junglists jumping in 3/2. #Subalchemy ends on a high note with its most light-hearted offering, a drum and bass edit of Richard Cheese’s fantastic big band cover of Creep.
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