Digital Versicolor

This is a free download of Glass Candy’s Digital Versicolor by New York’s Black Light Smoke. I’m a big fan of Ida No and Johnny Jewel’s uptempo house/Italo disco, especially 2011’s massive, giddy, grin inducing Warm In The Winter. This one here is Moroder-esque and has a throbbing sequencer line aimed squarely at your dancefloor.


Here’s some super slinky 70s stuff from Glass Candy, a cover of Herb Alpert’s classic. Glass Candy always manage to stay just the right side of the line- they skirt it pretty close sometimes- but make no mistake, this is class. Listening to this I feel like I should be reclining in my 25th floor New York apartment overlooking Central Park, in one of those suspended plastic bowl seats, with a large weighty tumbler in my hand (spirits splashed over ice), while my girlfriend lounges in a see-through nightie idly flicking through Cosmopolitan. I am wearing polyester flares and a polo-neck, smoking. A chimp plays the trumpet.

Redheads Feel More Pain

Gentlemen prefer blondes I know, but do redheads feel more pain? Answers on a postcard please.

My favourite nu-discoists Glass Candy put a new song up on Youtube, which is what often counts as a release now. It went up on August 5th, while we were on holiday, and was also our 18th wedding anniversary. Mrs Swiss and I had a romantic meal for four at the campsite restaurant. The song’s a slow burner, not up there with Warm In The Winter but very good all the same. I seem to be hammering this kind of summery, spacey, housey-disco, kind of thing at the moment. What happened to the guitars?

Warm In The Winter


New single from my current nu-disco favouites Glass Candy here– free download (thanks to London Lee for the tip off, hope he doesn’t mind me re-presenting it here. Think of it as a kind of Bank Holiday Special on repeat). It’s a slow burning affair with bubbling synths and Ida No’s druggy vox, through the glass darkly. Which reminds me- I still need to find a copy of Warm In The Winter on vinyl.


Some more Vorticist linocuts for you- words I didn’t think I’d end up typing when I started this blog. The one above is Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s The Wrestlers (looks like it should be easy to do, probably very difficult. Maybe I should try).

Second, E McKnight Kauffer’s Flight- he went on to advertising and to produce posters for the London Underground.

Third, Claude Flight’s Revolution- fucking brilliant (and yes, that’s art criticism).

Finally Lill Tschudi’s Tour De Suisse, which isn’t really done justice to in this jpeg.

Today’s music- some more slightly barking nu-disco from my current faves Glass Candy; good enough to melt the snow and bring the sun out.


Kill For Love

I bought an album on a whim last weekend, based on it being recommended by someone and in Piccadilly Records top ten lps of 2012- Chromatics’ album Kill For Love. On double pink vinyl. Also I’d heard their cover version of New Order’s Ceremony which I thought was alright (with Glass Candy’s Ida No on guitar and Johnny Jewel, it turns out, is a member of both bands).

Some of the songs are growing on me, individually, although as a whole album I think it’s too long and samey, too one paced. But maybe that’s me and my lessening patience for 16 song albums. There’s an early 80s mix of clean guitarlines, crisp production and electronics and a lot of icy atmosphere. At times the FX on the vocals are really irritating- singer Adam Miller making way too much use of his vocoder- but when Ruth Radelet sings things take off. The title track features Ruth’s vocals and the unmistakeable influence of Bernard, Hooky, Steven and Gillian.

Kill For Love

Warm In The Winter

‘Warm in the winter, sunny on the inside’

This, as people on Twitter are irritatingly prone to saying, is my new jam…

From Oregon, Glass Candy are a duo/trio, who make disco. It’s slightly warped and slightly trippy, with analogue synth arpeggios, some big bass keys, and great loopy, uplifting vocals, but it’s disco all the same. Weatherall played it at the end of his recent 6 Mix show if you need a further recommendation. It is great. It is, as I said, my new jam.

I’m off looking for more of their stuff. Apparently much of it is vinyl only and sold at gigs. Not much chance then.