With rockers from Tommy Lee to Korn’s Jonathan Davis dabbling in electronic music, it’s not that surprising that Flea has a little sideline in beatmaking himself. However, given that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist is working alongside Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich in the cyber-supergroup Atoms for Peace, it’s a no-brainer that their output is a damn sight more cerebral than what his hammier, EDM-ier peers have come up with.
Atoms for Peace isn’t actually a new thing — the band came together in 2009 to perform Yorke’s The Eraser album in Los Angeles, and then toured the U.S. in 2010 — but until now, there’s been scant recorded evidence. Finally, in August, Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint will release the group’s debut. Well, sort of: The A-side features Atoms for Peace remixing Other Lives, a five-piece act from Stillwater, Oklahoma, that has toured with Bon Iver; on the B-side, they remix their own (unreleased) song “Other Side.” (For a mere two tracks, it requires a surprising amount of puzzling over — or an unsurprising amount, given that this is Thom Yorke we’re dealing with.)