Mathias Götz gets his alias –Le Millipede – from the fact that only a millipede would have enough feet to simultaneously control enough buttons, levers and pedals to produce his compositions so richly, in a way that no synthesizer alone could do. As a musician Götz is a magpie, having played in orchestras and big bands, he is currently active in the Alien Ensemble and Hochzeitskapelle. Mirror Mirror is a set of remixes of Le Millipede’s earliest works by his many friends.
I’m not (or was not) that familiar with Le Millipede , so “Mirror Mirror” is my real introduction, I guess it’s an oblique way to get to know someone’s music, through an album of remixes. Who are you getting to know? As it turns out, a slew of wonderful artists – some well-known to me and loved (Joasihno, Protein, Le Roy) and some newly and happily discovered. Take Hannes Hajdukiewicz for a start, on opening track, Rote Laterne (Red Lantern), the moody soundtrack to a fifties film noir – Hump flicks a cigarette to the kerb, pulls up his collar and strides away down a lonesome, rainswept street, sirens blaring in the distance. The game is afoot on 1115’s remix of Die jährlichen Winde, but they’re toying with you, there’s no escape. Happy Planter comes out like a modern day Ghost Town. And so it goes on, a journey through sound – dub, ska, reggae, jazz, electronica and more and more. Scores for movies yet to be made. A history of an imaginary city in all it’s seedy glory, a paean to the underground, teeming with life, but not as we know it. What shines through? The respect of the collaborators and the care taken by each – it makes for an exciting trip.
Here’s the full list – 1115, Protein, joasihno, LeRoy, Hannes Hajdukiewicz, Ensslin Research, Saroos, Alban Endlos, Dirk Markham (aka Drocks Wonky) & Le Millipede.
Photo by Johannes Haslinger