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Thom Yorke shares a ‘caustic’ remix of MF DOOM’s ‘Gazzillion Ear’

The track arrives 12 years after the Radiohead frontman’s first take on the late rapper’s original song

Thom Yorke has shared his second remix of MF DOOM’s Born Like This track “Gazzillion Ear”. Originally produced by J Dilla, the original song was previously remixed by the Radiohead frontman as a bonus track for the 2009 album.

Released as part of Lex Records’ new remix series, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the London-based label, the new version’s full title is “Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Man On Fire Remix)”. This reworking was also teased all the way back in 2016, on Yorke’s BBC Radio 1 show co-hosted with Benji B.

In a statement that accompanies the official release of Yorke’s “Man On Fire Remix”, Lex pays tribute to the late rapper, who passed away at the age of 49 last year. “Daniel Dumile (RIP) was one of the most prolific artists on Lex, releasing three studio albums as lead vocalist and one as a beatmaker,” says the label. “We spent a huge amount of time with him in the 2010s. He’ll be missed always.”

Lex goes on to single out “Gazzillion Ear” as the best of a handful of collaborations between MF DOOM and J Dilla. “The ‘Man On Fire Remix’ is searing caustic noise on first listen,” it goes on. “But in that dense mass of jarring sirens, there’s a lurching, jerking funk track that becomes clearer on every repeat.”

Have a listen to Thom Yorke’s newly-released remix for yourself below, and revisit another of his recent remixes — an eerie, slowed-down version of Radiohead’s “Creep” — here.