BAD WITCH is technically an album. But Trent’s got a lot of skill with short, sharp shocks as well…
The main link between NIN’S keyboardheavy Pretty Hate Machine debut from 1989 and 1994’s The Downward Spiral masterpiece, Broken saw Trent morphing from a dark-hearted keyboard warrior into a full-on industrial-metal demon. On the razor-sharp Wish and Happiness In Slavery, his knack for melding the uniform discipline of sequenced beats with harsh metallic riffs was exhibited with a dangerous flair that pointed a huge signpost towards Trent’s musical future.
A companion to the Broken EP, Fixed saw Trent and a host of collaborators taking songs from its predecessor and giving them the remix treatment. Featuring input from artists such as Nirvana producer Butch Vig and electronic geniuses Coil, alongside Trent himself, the result is a harsh, unforgiving reimagining of music that was already pushing at the threshold of nastiness. It’s an occasionally trying listen, but a creatively ground breaking one.
REMIX 2014 EP (2014)
Released exclusively on Beats Music as part of Trent’s role of Chief Creative Officer for the streaming service, the Remix 2014 EP is a collection of tracks from 2013’s Hesitation Marks worked over by Cold Cave and Hot Chip among others. In particular, Simian Mobile Disco’s remix of the album’s Copy Of A is particularly excellent, highlighting just how much there is in NIN songs to take apart and have a good fiddle with.