“Onenemy (25th Anniversary Mix)” by Circle of Dust

After discovering some backups on a floppy disk, Circle of Dust is re-releasing their debut album for its 25th anniversary.

The story of Circle of Dust’s self-titled debut is a convoluted one. Originally released in 1992 by R.E.X. Music, Circle of Dust’s Klayton (née Scott Albert) was so displeased with his debut that he considered it an ​“abomination” and told an interviewer that he hoped ​“every copy that still exists will somehow dematerialize permanently.”

In 1995, he re-recorded and re-released the album to take advantage of R.E.X. Music’s new distribution deal with mainstream markets. Later, in 2016, he released a remastered and expanded version of the album. Jump ahead to 2019, and Klayton discovers a floppy disk containing backups of some of the original modules that he used to create the 1995 release:

For the first time in 25 years, I realized I had the ability to reconnect everything from my original 1995 Circle of Dust album. I imported my ADAT recordings and went to work on mixing the songs from the ground up, excited that I finally had the ability to make these mixes sound like I heard them in my head in 1995. After seeing some of your positive reactions to my Instagram stories as I was working, I decided to officially release the new mixes for those of you that might enjoy them as well.

Which means that later this year, Circle of Dust will be releasing a 25th anniversary edition of the 1995 album — an edition that involves no new recording, only ​“modern processing and mixing of the original tracks.” First up is this ​“25th Anniversary Mix” of the album’s opening track, ​“Onenemy.”

I confess, I’m not always the best at picking out the subtleties between different versions/​masters of the same track, but the new 25th anniversary mix does sound punchier and crisper than even the 2016 remaster. (But if you prefer the 2016 remaster, don’t worry: it’ll still be available after the 25th anniversary edition’s release.)