Enter Shikari’s January opus ‘The Mindsweep’ brought the rock and electronic worlds into the New Year in fine style. Never ones to keep their fans hungry, nine months later Enter Shikari have decided it’s time for another project. This time the same songs as ‘The Mindsweep’, only reinvented with emphasis on the electronic side. Hospital Records, the label that brought us the Hospitality club nights as well as acts such as Camo & Krooked and High Contrast have signed up some of their biggest artists to take part in ‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised’. Mission: Take Shikari’s January album to the Hospital.
First up is Metrik, who slows down the intro of ‘The Appeal & The Mindsweep’ to a menacing speed, contrasting with Keeno’s house take on ‘The One True Colour’, a change from the raucous start of the original. Even Reso’s take on ‘Anaesthetist’, which should fit the easiest into pure dance with its electronic verses, is completely turned around with the “You … spanner!” hooks never materialising like the original. Structurally, there are a lot of shifts, Danny Byrd’s, ‘There’s a Price on Your Head’, beginning with violin instead of the time-shifting progressive metal of the original. But for all the stylistic U-turns, it always seems there’s an understanding of the original songs, especially demonstrated on London Elektricity’s appropriately gentle treatment of the latter-day Thom Yorke vocals on ‘Dear Future Historians…’. Shikari have admired the label for many years, and on ‘…Hospitalised’, the label shows a lot of respect back.
There’s little in the way of rock here, but this is in no way a bad thing. If the boundaries of rock and electronic are further broken through by this album then that’s a great thing, because there’s some brilliant original songs and interpretations all over this album. One of the albums that rejuvenated rock in 2015 has just received a rejuvenation of its own.