William Burnett (Black Deer) returns to Emotional Response in remix form with reworks from Legowelt as Nacho Patrol, Luke Wyatt (aka Torn Hawk), Scottish artist Sad City and Oregon experimentalist Honey Owens under her Valet alias. Nacho Patrol's take of the ear pricking "Circle Dance" gives the track a house music make over, with its "Voodoo Ray" styled synths again give precedence. Luke Wyatt turns in an emotional and surfy, synth punk remix to "Meditation" that sounds like it could soundtrack a montage from the finale scenes of an '80s TV show for teenagers, while Sad City lets loose on the delay when remixing "Highway". And it's all open road, neon streaks of vapourware for Valet's reanimation of "Tortuga".
Originally out on the God-like LIES imprint back in 2016, Willie Burns' most recent appearance under the Black Deer moniker was crying out for a digital release. Luckily, the man himself has put it out through his painfully reliable WT imprint, so this doesn't feel like a complete compromise in the face of that sweet, original cassette version. As for the music, this is Burns at his most explorative, where the foundational house style that he usually opts for is replaced with pensive, introspective shards of electronica that meander off into the noisier ends of the ambient / drone stratosphere. What we've always loved about the Black Deer sound is that present, unmistakable feel of the forces of nature; we don't know how the man does it, but something animalistic is most certainly at the core of these sound experiments. You'd be a fool not to...