Much in the same way that ’90s guitar music evolved (some might say devolved) from the bleeding punk purism of grunge to the mosh-ready thrust of nu-metal, dance music has so followed the course in recent years, from buttoned-up techno purism and swervy house hedonism to a more aggressive fist-pumping sound thanks to crossover acts like Justice and Skrillex. So it makes sense that Rob Zombie, he of the ’90s metal/funk/punk/alt band White Zombie, would be ripe for the remix treatment from an array of contemporary dance music producers on this new EP.
“Living Dead Girl” is taken from Zombie’s 1999 solo debut album, although it’s admittedly hard to tell the difference between solo Zombie and White Zombie. Here, bass-obsessed veteran Photek makes the surprising decision to deliver a molasses-slow (103 bpm) minimal cut that completely rearranges what one would expect from this release.
Document One chooses the obvious—though not entirely unpleasant—path of thrashing dubstep on his version of “Let It All Bleed Out.” Nothing wrong with this approach, although one does wish that he perhaps might have utilized one sound that doesn’t come from dubstep 101.
But much like Zombie’s own musical career, the true winner comes along with his biggest hit, “Thunder Kiss 65.” Respectfully revved up by HARD promoter and producer Destructo, this track needs the least amount of work because the original offered such a danceable groove to begin with. Perhaps that was Zombie’s secret all along. For all the rocker posing of his hit-making band, there was a 4/4 pulse underneath that was undeniable if unrecognized.