TKOL RMX 1234567

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TKOL RMX 1234567
Remix album by Radiohead
Released 16 September 2011 (2011-09-16)[1]
Genre Electronic, post-dubstep, IDM, experimental rock, ambient house
Length 105:51
Label XL Recordings, Ticker Tape Ltd.
Producer Nigel Godrich, Radiohead, various additional producers/remixers
Radiohead chronology
The King of Limbs
(2011)
TKOL RMX 1234567
(2011)
Singles from TKOL RMX 1234567
  1. "Little by Little"/"Lotus Flower"
    Released: 4 July 2011
  2. "Morning Mr Magpie"/"Bloom"
    Released: 15 July 2011
  3. "Feral"/"Morning Mr Magpie"/"Separator"
    Released: 29 July 2011
  4. "Give Up The Ghost"/"Codex"/"Little by Little"
    Released: 15 August 2011
  5. "Give Up the Ghost"/"TKOL"/"Bloom"
    Released: 29 August 2011
  6. "Good Evening Mrs Magpie"/"Bloom"
    Released: 12 September 2011
  7. "Bloom"/"Separator"/"Lotus Flower"
    Released: 10 October 2011

TKOL RMX 1234567 is a 2011 remix album of songs from The King of Limbs (2011) by the English rock band Radiohead. The album compiles a series of seven 12" vinyl singles/EPs, mixed by various artists. Like the singles, it was released as a digital download from the band's website in both MP3 and WAV format. The physical version of the album was released on 16 September 2011 in Japan and 10 October in other countries.[1][2][3] The album contains five remixes of "Bloom", three remixes of "Morning Mr Magpie", two remixes of "Little By Little", one remix of "Feral", two remixes of "Lotus Flower", one remix of "Codex", two remixes of "Give Up The Ghost", and two remixes of "Separator", plus one track, "TKOL", which contains elements from multiple songs.

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway told BBC 6 Music he felt "King of Limbs, out of all our records [...] lends itself best to the remix treatment."[2] Singer Thom Yorke said: "The remix 12"s came out of us wanting to experiment with the tunes further. I was really curious to see how the people I was listening to so much would use what we gave them. I didn't just want floor fillers and all that shit, I just wanted to see how the songs could really branch out and mutate. I love that there is such a culture of remixing at the moment, all this flow of ideas. It may come outta the club scene but to me there is a lot more to it than that. I think it appeals to us as a band at the moment that ideas and versions are not so fixed and set in stone, it feels kind of healthy for music."[4]

Singles[edit]

Radiohead announced a series of remix singles on 6 June 2011.[5] These singles are compiled on TKOL RMX 1234567. An eighth single, "TKOL RMX8", was released after the album.

Each of the singles were released as either a double or triple A-side single on 12" vinyl and as digital downloads. TKOL RMX8 is available for digital download only.

The singles were released through XL Recordings on Radiohead's Ticker Tape Ltd. imprint label, and are available for purchase from Radiohead's The King of Limbs online store. They are also available for streaming through the band's YouTube page.

The artwork for the 7 singles released from the album. In order:
Top row: TKOL RMX1, TKOL RMX2, TKOL RMX3, TKOL RMX4
Bottom row: TKOL RMX5, TKOL RMX6, TKOL RMX7

TKOL RMX1[edit]

The first single, comprising remixes of "Little by Little" and "Lotus Flower" by Caribou and Jacques Greene respectively, was released on 4 July 2011.[6]

TKOL RMX2[edit]

The second, comprising remixes of "Morning Mr Magpie" by Nathan Fake and two remixes of "Bloom" by Mark Pritchard (one under his own name with the other under his Harmonic 313 alias), was released on 15 July 2011.[7]

TKOL RMX3[edit]

The third, comprising remixes of "Feral" by Lone, "Morning Mr Magpie" by Pearson Sound and "Separator" by Four Tet, was released on 29 July 2011.[8]

TKOL RMX4[edit]

The fourth, comprising remixes of "Give Up the Ghost" by Thriller, "Codex" by Illum Sphere and "Little By Little" by Shed, was released on 15 August 2011.[9]

TKOL RMX5[edit]

The fifth contains a remix of "Give Up the Ghost" by Brokenchord; a track created by Altrice containing elements from all songs from The King of Limbs, "TKOL (Altrice Remix)"; and a remix of "Bloom" by Blawan. It was released on 26 August 2011.[10]

TKOL RMX6[edit]

The sixth single features two remixes – a remix of "Morning Mr Magpie", retitled "Good Evening Mrs Magpie", by Modeselektor and a remix of "Bloom" by Objekt.[11] The single was released on 12 September 2011.[12]

TKOL RMX7[edit]

The seventh single features "Bloom" remixed by Jamie xx, "Separator" by Anstam, and a remix of "Lotus Flower" by SBTRKT.[11] It was released on 10 October 2011.

TKOL RMX8[edit]

This is a download-only single from W.A.S.T.E. This single features "Bloom" reworked by Jamie xx. This is labelled the third part of the song, "Separator" remixed by Anstam and is the second part labelled RMX II, and Morning Mr Magpie remixed in a "harshdub" style by Nathan Fake.

Release[edit]

The band, following two live shows in New York, celebrated the album's release at London's Corsica Studios on 11 October.[13][14] Radiohead singer Thom Yorke was one of the DJs, as well as Jamie xx, Caribou, Lone and Illum Sphere, all of whom contributed remixes to TKOL RMX 1234567.

On 18 November 2011, the band made three additional remixes – "Bloom", "Separator" and "Morning Mr Magpie" by Jamie xx, Anstam, and Nathan Fake respectively – available on their website for purchase and streaming. The tracks were finished too late for physical release, but Radiohead "wanted to get them out because we're big fans and wanted you to hear them too".[15]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[16]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[17]
The A.V. Club B+[18]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[19]
Pitchfork Media 6/10[20]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[21]

TKOL RMX 1234567 received generally positive reviews, with an aggregate score of 67 on Metacritic.[16] Allmusic, awarding three and a half stars out of five, said it is "fascinating to hear how this current crop of producers [...] twists, bends, adjusts, and appropriates the source material".[17] The A.V. Club, giving the album B+, felt "the best of these remixes excite and innovate in ways their [King of Limbs] counterparts didn't."[18] The Guardian awarded the album two out of five stars, saying it "feels less like an album than an info dump" and questioning "the utility in commissioning Four Tet and Caribou to rework songs that already sound a bit like Four Tet and Caribou".[19] Pitchfork Media, giving the album 6.0 out of 10, found it "listenable but ultimately bloodless".[20]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing was reported by NME on 9 August 2011[1] and confirmed by XL Recordings the following day.[3]

Compakt Disk One
No. Title Length
1. "Little by Little" (Caribou remix) 5:40
2. "Lotus Flower" (Jacques Greene remix) 7:10
3. "Morning Mr Magpie" (Nathan Fake remix) 4:52
4. "Bloom" (Harmonic 313 remix) 5:04
5. "Bloom" (Mark Pritchard remix) 6:07
6. "Feral" (Lone remix) 5:17
7. "Morning Mr Magpie" (Pearson Sound Scavenger remix) 4:38
8. "Separator" (Four Tet remix) 7:03
Total length:
Disc 1 45:51
Compakt Disk Two
No. Title Length
1. "Give Up the Ghost" (Thriller Houseghost remix) 6:13
2. "Codex" (Illum Sphere remix) 4:34
3. "Little by Little" (Shed remix) 4:49
4. "Give Up the Ghost" (Brokenchord remix) 5:05
5. "TKOL" (Altrice remix) 6:02
6. "Bloom" (Blawan remix) 7:29
7. "Good Evening Mrs Magpie" (Modeselektor remix) 7:44
8. "Bloom" (Objekt remix) 5:21
9. "Bloom" (Jamie xx rework) 2:28
10. "Separator" (Anstam remix) 4:50
11. "Lotus Flower" (SBTRKT remix) 5:22
Total length:
Disc 2 60:00
Total 105:51

NOTE: On the CD release of the album, the two discs are referred to as Compakt Disk One and Compakt Disk Two respectively.[22]

Contributing remixers[edit]

The contributing remixers and additional producers for TKOL RMX 1234567 are:[1][3][22]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position[23]
UK Albums Chart 34
Belgium Albums Top 50 43
Italy Albums Chart 63
French Albums Chart 79
Irish Albums Chart 48
Dutch Albums Chart 74
Swiss Music Charts 95
US Billboard 200 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Radiohead to release two-disc remix album". NME. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b Rogers, George (12 August 2011). "SBTRKT re-works Radiohead track". BBC. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b c "XL Recordings Blog: Radiohead – TKOL RMX 1234567". XL Recordings. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Thom Yorke Speaks About New Radiohead Remix Album". Radiohead at Ease. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Neal, Sean (6 June 2011). "Radiohead to repackage The King of Limbs again as a vinyl remix series". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Caribou/Jacques Greene Remixes". Radiohead. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Nathan Fake/Harmonic 313/Mark Pritchard remixes". Radiohead. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Remixes by Lone, Pearson Sound and Four Tet". Radiohead. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Remix Series, issue number 4". Radiohead. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Remix: issue number 5". Radiohead. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Radiohead The King of Limbs remixes 6th and 7th installments announced". The King of Limbs Part 2. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "TKOL RMX6 – 12.09.11". Radiohead via Sandbag. Date Unknown. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Radiohead to celebrate the release of their new remix album 'TKOL RMX 1234567' with London Gig". Instrumania. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Radiohead announce London show to premiere new remix album". NME. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "More Remixes and European Dates". Radiohead. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  16. ^ a b TKOL RMX 1234567 at Metacritic Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  17. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "TKOL RMX 1234567". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  18. ^ a b Rytlewski, Evan (11 October 2011). "TKOL RMX 1234567". AV Club. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  19. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (13 October 2011). "Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  20. ^ a b Harvell, Jess (10 October 2011). "TKOL RMX 1234567". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Slant review". 
  22. ^ a b "Images for Radiohead – TKOL RMX 1234567 (see image 2)". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  23. ^ "Radiohead – TKOL RMX 1234567;— Music Charts". aCharts.us. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Modeselektor are credited on the packaging as Modeselektor on a yoga mat.
  2. ^ Mark Pritchard contributed one remix under his own name, with another under his Harmonic 313 alias.

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