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After several months of careful curation, arrangement and mastering work, ALKEMIISTO III has finally emerged from the darkness. A winding, tangential affair spread across two discs and just over two hours, this is perhaps the most diverse collection of remixes for the Deep Earth series, to date.
Returning producers from past volumes include The Nautilus Project (with a hypnotic 18-minute excursion), Arjen Schat (with a five-track suite of mixes), Substak and Time For Trees, while the majority of Alkemiisto III is populated by newcomers who have certainly left their own unique marks with the material. Longtime friend and collaborator Dissolved appears with what could be the album's penultimate moment, in a psychedelic and seemingly bottomless 21-minute recontextualization, while Adrien75 (whose 2002 watery ambient work Coastal Acces made a major impression on my formative beatless recordings) forms strange, organic shapes out of Deep Earth's black compost.
Much of Alkemiisto III feels caught in between worlds, with tracks often dropping out of and back into different phases almost abruptly. It is as if the very disconnected group of producers appearing here employed a hive-mind approach, to grow something that felt wholly singular and alive, rather than a large space filled with many disparate sections, making the remix series' title all the more appropriate here. All of these excellent contributors have my highest gratitude, as the pleasure in being able to share in the work they do has always been an honor, and will continue to be so long as this series remains active.
released November 19, 2018
Written by Brian Grainger. Produced & remixed by the credited artists. Mastered by The Analog Botanist at the White Pillar Workshop, Autumn 2018. This is Milieu Music number RIPETIS 7, and is the 7th such iteration in the RIPETIS / REITERATED subcatalog of Deep Earth. Photography & text by ABM&D.