Spencer Bellamy's East Flatbush Project first released Brooklyn hip-hop cult cut "Tried by 12" in 1997. Miami's forward-thinking Chocolate Industries label offered the track to an all-star delegation of heavy hitters for radical remixing, initiating healthy relations between the hip-hop and electronica camps. Ninja Tune got in on the act soon after, releasing a slightly altered mass-market version of TRIED BY 12 REMIXES.
A killer cut marked by lacerating rhymes and equally sharp production, "Tried by 12" lends itself to a wide range of treatments. Ko-Wreck Technique adds DJ Craze's scratches and purring electronics to the mix. Like Nick Fury's pitched-down and lyrically pared version, such alterations heighten the track's inherent menace. Bisk and Autechre reduce the East Flatbush Project original to jagged digitized blocks that can be pushed around and reorganized. Freeform refits East Flatbush Project with a playful electro-funk groove. The Herbaliser slows the track to a pleasantly draggy downtempo crawl. Both Phoenicia and Squarepusher speed up "Tried by 12," the former excavating mechano-electro elements buried deep in East Flatbush Project's original mix, the latter syncing Bellamy's vocal acrobatics to flashy drum-and-bass programming. Trapazoid and Austria's Sluta Leta combine all of the above techniques to turn out REMIXES' most intriguingly techno-tweaked hip-hop mutations.