Borrowing its title from the first published story by Franz Kafka, the Description of a Struggle is very much designed as an introductory piece, to the album as a whole, but also for anyone as yet unfamiliar with the work of Reindeer. We are immediately treated to the traditional kind of imagery that he explores; the frozen cold, dark shadows, abandoned places, along with feelings of unease, melancholy, angst and nostalgia. All of this presented in a short-form composition that displays hints of post-rock landscapes, along with down-tempo murky beat-making traditions, which manages to develop and ultimately explode within its succinct duration.
Andy Skopes Remix:
Metalheadz stalwart Andy Skopes delivers a staggeringly-realised reinterpretation for our listening pleasures through a unique and minimalist half-time drum'n'bass sound-field, caught between dreams of static, whose arrangement completely twists the lyrical delivery into new and flawlessly understated grandeur. A brooding, epic whole underpinned by a warm Reece-like bassline. Stunning.
German producer wunderkind Unifono astounds and enthrals in equal measure with his ambitious and exceptionally realised remix, generating a pulsing rhythmic whole which glides along under its own daring momentum, lifting us up into a whirling dream of rising strings, only to keep building into a vast hypnotic dance of sound poetry. As if a phoenix rising from the ashes of an abandoned world.
Valance Drakes Deconstruction:
The internationally respected and highly-sought after future sounds producer brings his unmistakable and meticulously crafted magic into play for this astonishing reconstruction. Taking us into a fragmented, kaleidoscopic, multi-faceted alternate vision of the track, we are swept away in shimmering warm tones and icy glitches of distended instances.