The last few years of the '90s were certainly eventful for Simeon, legendary longhaired oscillateur of hippie-futurist duo Silver Apples. Compelled back into action by two decades of mounting cult interest, Simeon dusted off the Silver Apples name for performances and recordings. The reception, from fans old and new, couldn't have been warmer. When a catastrophic auto accident made the renascent Silver Apples' fate uncertain, the faithful continued to shower an immobilized Simeon with their prayers and support. Hope for a full recovery springs eternal with REMIXES.
Four months after his accident, Simeon is in fine form, treating tracks from Third Stone's family of labels to exciting, often unexpected overhauls. A shot of electro-tribal rhythm and lively synth vamping turns Reverberation's Gallic hypno-rock into an Apples-styled space-mantric treat. Colorsound's "Little Angel" is top-tier Spiritualized worship--until Simeon digs his lovefingers in, kneads an unstoppable oompah-gospel-conga(!) groove, and strews synth spangle and sound effects everywhere. Simeon extracts the house bassline from Darkroom's eerie "Estragon" and wraps it around vocalist Tim Bowness' throat, leaving him to strangle slowly in a sci-fi soundworld. Yikes! Bowness' No-Man bandmate Steven Wilson receives REMIXES' most surprising treatment--a funky, sample-laden Simeon dub of "Drugged," Bass Communion's luxuriantly ambient instrumental.