Conscious Creators 003: The Glitch Mob celebrate ten years of ‘Drink The Sea’ with commemorative anniversary Deluxe edition
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Long overdue, and well worth the wait, The Glitch Mob has finally crossed the ten-year threshold since their debut studio album, Drink The Sea. The 2010 LP introduced the world to Ooah, edIT, and Boreta‘s iconic LA-beat-scene glitch, forever affixing the trio’s sound into electronic music’s collective memory. Now, that very album receives a commemorative 2020 remaster on the trio’s label, Glass Air Records. After announcing the anniversary project more than a year ago, the band was scheduled to tour the album throughout 2020. While the road tour will have to wait until next year, The Glitch Mob is still treating the release like a truly momentous benchmark.
“We’re so lucky,” Boreta said in a press statement. “With Drink the Sea, we found our audience doesn’t follow trends. Instead, they grow with us. Now they trust us and fearlessly follow wherever we go creatively. Now that’s the bond we have: they push us to bring something new and fresh every time out – to never repeat ourselves. As artists, we couldn’t want anything more.”
The highly-anticipated anniversary edition features several rare live edits that were buried deep in the vaults—previously held up to mythic proportions as the “lost tracks.” These include the already-released remixes of STS9’s “Beyond Right Now,” Naepela’s “Monday,” and two perfected renditions of Linkin Park and Krazy Baldhead. A true living sonic time-capsule, the 17-track deluxe album also comes with a new original track, titled “Black Aura,” featuring Theophilus London, which actually first showed up in The Glitch Mob’s 2009 Crush Mode Mix.
The Glitch Mob never fails to live up to their name, always raising the bar on their explosive creativity and harnessed form. The 10-Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Drink The Sea is more proof of that fact. It’s a true rite of passage for any artist, and the Los Angeles beat makers are basking in the ceremoniously nostalgic afterglow of spending the last ten years evolving in the studio and the last two years remixing and remastering their most defining work. Along with the remastered album, the band has released some additional Drink The Sea merch, including vinyl, t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more, which can be purchased here.
A full ambient version of the Deluxe LP is scheduled to follow next year; care of Superposition, Boreta’s duetted alias with Matthew Davis, who were recently been nominated for a 2021 Grammy in the Best New Age Album category.