Thom Yorke has unveiled a second remix of the late MF DOOM’s 2009 track ‘Gazzillion Ear’.
The ‘Man On Fire’ remix originally dates back to 2009, but was never released, with an alternate remix by Yorke of the track instead being released at the time, as a bonus track to MF DOOM’s ‘Born Like This’ album.
The original version of ‘Gazzillion Ear’, released in 2009, was produced by J Dilla, and was one of only a handful of collaborations between the artist and MF DOOM before Dilla’s passing in February 2006. MF DOOM also passed away in October of last year.
Yorke first revealed the existence of his second remix of ‘Gazzillion Ear’ when he played it during an edition of Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show in 2016, which he was co-hosting. The remix has now been released as part of Lex Records’ ongoing remix series celebrating the label’s 20th anniversary.
In a statement, Lex Records said: “Daniel Dumile [MF DOOM] (RIP) was one of the most prolific artists on Lex, releasing three studio albums as lead vocalist and one as a beatmaker. We spent a huge amount of time with him in the 2010s. He’ll be missed always.
“J Dilla and MF DOOM only made a handful of tracks together. The best was ‘Gazillion Ear’, built around a massive Giorgio Moroder sample. Thom Yorke remixed the track twice. The first version was originally released simply under ‘Thom Yorke Remix’ but he delivered it with the moniker ‘Monkey Hustle Remix’ to differentiate it from the ‘Man On Fire Remix’, which gets its debut release 12 years after Thom delivered it.”
Listen to the remix below.