Absolutely nothing tops off a “Mega Training Day” like a mega stretch; time to unfurl, relax and recover before reinserting myself back into the real world of holiday traffic and bedtime negotiations with the child. Couple that with the fact that it’s going to be a hectic weekend with a ‘Personal Best’ triathlon clinic at McMaster University with the coach and then and early morning (3:30am) pick-up to the airport the next day for a last minute business trip to San Antonio next week. In fact, the next 8-9 days is going to be extremely “Go! Go! Go!” so I’d better get my quiet time while I can. So to aid with this process I uploaded the ‘Remix’ EP, by Harmonia & Eno ‘76.
In the late summer of 1976 Krautrock and electronic music pioneers Harmonia collaborated with Brian Eno to create the now seminal ‘Tracks & Traces’ album, which was only later released in 1997. The resulting abstract experiments, packed with warm harmonies, wheezing drum machines, woozy synths and slide guitar feel as fresh and relevant today as the day they were recorded. Following the recent expanded re-release of the album on Groenland Records, London based DJ/producer Allez-Allez commissioned two fresh re-interpretations of the old masters’ work by modern day innovators Shackleton, and Appleblim with the aid of Komonazmuk (some German DJ guy) to ease the retro futurism of Harmonia & Eno’s compositions onto a tripped out 21st century dance floor remix dub album. The two chosen tracks for this remix project were ‘Sometime in Autumn’ and ‘By the Riverside’, both providing just enough pleasant and airy groove to totally zone out to for, say, 20 minutes or so before hitting the hot tub and rejoining the fast-paced grind of the outside world again with a refreshed and well-deserved smile on my face.
P.S.> my humblest apologies to the other gym goers in the general vicinity at the time. While I might not be able to help my rank BO post workout, I could have forgone taking my runners off as well. However, as it was, I couldn’t distinguish my own foulness given my extreme state of exhaustion. It was only after a few minutes in shavasna did I realize that I smelled like a fetid pole cat. Sorry. I will endeavor to be less offensive next time.