IDLES remix LIFE’s new single ‘Switching On’

The NME-premiered remix takes on an industrial new sound

The NME-premiered remix takes on an industrial new sound

IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen has remixed the latest single by Hull band LIFE.

Giving it a brutal, industrial sound, Bowen explained: “I have watched LIFE play live well over 100 times and one thing that I really wanted to maintain through the remix is how incredibly tight they are as a band, so I left everything from the original in there. There was something new they were bringing with the song, there’s that assured LIFE sound central but there are experiments in electronics and noise coming closer to the surface. – I wanted to push those ideas further, exaggerate them to the point of becoming violent.”

Mez Green, frontman of LIFE also offered his opinion on how “one of the band’s closest friends” interpreted the track; “Bowen has added some flirtatious sleaze. He has made the track sound like the love you would find coming out the backside of a city at night. It’s seedy, it’s vast and it rains down on you just like IDLES do from their necessary pulpit.”


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