Premiere: Crass – Feeding Off The Sweat (Maral Remix)


“Yours for the taking, yours for the making. You do it, we’ll stew it. Mix it backwards, forwards and upside down. Turn up the heat and fix it with a downbeat, bring in the trumpets and let ‘em blow, let the piper call the tune to let us all know. It’s up to you to do what you like with it. The only limitation is your imagination.”

In 2019 pioneering punk outfit Crass made the original track stems of their 1978 debut album ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’ available as a free download. Their intention: for people to breathe new life into the music and create their own fresh takes on the originals. 

So far, the remix project, which aims to raise over £10,000 for Refuge, a charity that supports women and children experiencing domestic violence, has featured reworks from the likes of Richard Russell and Johnny Dynell, and now they return for another exclusive 12″ with two new remixes courtesy of Test Dept and Maral. Our pick from Maral is a reflection of all the aspects of Crass that have influenced her. Using distortion, samples and snippets of Iranian folk song, she channels the feeling of secretly listening to Crass in her bedroom as a teenager, and her parent’s Iranian music seeming to curiously blend with the songs.