100 gecs - 1000 gecs and the Tree of Clues
Jul 13, 2020
I normally wouldn't touch a remix album, but 1000 gecs is the perfect album to tinker and collaborate on, and given the mix of artists here, The Tree of Clues seemingly deserved a listen. However, I may just be PC music and bubblegum bass' biggest critic, as while this compilation still has the same chaotic energy that made some moments of 1000 gecs so cathartic, ultimately it's a frustrating and sometimes awkward mess. This is shown clearly right at the start of the record, with a jumbled and disjoined money machine remix by A. G. Cook. Nothing is coherent enough that the song retains any groove of the original, with large gaps of basically silence that are so confusingly placed. Similar detractors can be seen on so many tracks here, like the horrendous Fall Out Boy feature, and the surprisingly disappointing Injury Reserve remix of 745 sticky. The majority of the rest of my misgivings just come down to my dislike of the artists appearing on these refreshed versions, namely Charli XCX, Dorian Electra and GFOTY, that just push this rapidly growing genre past the brink of my tolerance. The only tracks that actually clicked for me were the nightcore and industrial remixes with Danny L Harle, Black Dresses and 99jakes, who match the original album's energy a lot better, keeping the self-aware and exaggerated themes that attracted me to the duo's sound to begin with. While Dylan Brady has proved to be a more than capable multi-genre-spanning executive producer, when 100 gecs tries to incorporate their off-kilter and carefree insanity with pop-centric non-mainstream acts, the result is a stylistic soup that is never fully formed.

Favourite Tracks:

gec 2 Ü (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)
745 sticky (Black Dresses Remix)
gecgecgec (Remix)
xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx (99jakes Remix)

Least Favourite Tracks:

money machine (A. G. Cook Remix)
745 sticky (Injury Reserve Remix)
hand crushed by a mallet (Remix)
stupid horse (Remix)
hand crushed by a mallet (nothankyou Remix)

Jul 13, 2020
i 100% agree. great review.
Jul 15, 2020
thanks man! appreciate it :)
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