I was ironing to this track the other day and those creases just disappeared- seven minutes of lovely minimal ambient techno; ghostly vocals, repetitive beats, minor chords. It’s on Andrew Weatherall’s Masterpiece, which if not album of the year is certainly compilation of the year. Reminds me a bit of Renegade Soundwaves’ Women Respond To Bass. Listen to it- it’ll improve your day.

Into Our Midst

The video, frankly, is a little disturbing.


Dirty Epic

Underworld doing to themselves what they did to Bjork in yesterday’s post- an eleven minute version of Dirty Epic which was released as part of various single/ep packages in 1994. You can’t have too much of this kind of thing really. It’s funny how in the early and mid 90s all the acid house people who were inspired initially by the short, sharp shock of punk ended up making that went on for ten minutes plus. I guess it was the DIY aspect of punk and the general asthetic that inspired as much as three minute, three chord blasts. And the drugs.

Dirty Epic (Dirty Mix)

Meanwhile Nusch and Paul Eluard look on from a Paris sidestreet.

There’s Definitely, Definitely No Logic

I rescued this 12″ from a charity shop recently, despite already having the A-side on that Bjork White labels For People Who Don’t Buy White Labels mini-album. It’s a bit crackly but the dub on the B side is good. So I thought we’d start the week with twelve minutes of Underworld remixing Bjork’s Human Behaviour- thumping drums from the off, which double up and really kick in at around 1.12, vocals come in later (4.40ish), a big breakdown at around 7 minutes and lovely piano ending. Long but not too long.

The picture is of Man Ray’s model and muse Nusch Eluard who fought in the French Resistance and died of a stroke shortly after the Second World War.

Human Behaviour (Underworld Remix)

The 14th Minute (And Man Ray)

CTel at Acid Ted blog is having a month off, and having posted several thousand dance music posts in the last few years who can blame him? Since exhausting the A-Z of his record collection he has mainly focused on new dance music for the last two years, often posting several times a day. I discovered this through him- The 14th Minute, who make upbeat disco-house, not big room, pump-yer-fist stuff, just uncomplicated, smiley-face dance music. Lovely.

Spoken (Original Mix)

In a completely unrelated way I’ve been into the photography of Man Ray recently, who more-or-less invented modern photography as an artform, though he denied that photography was art. Man Ray moved to Paris in 1921 and was on the fringes of the surrealist and Dada movements, and hung out with most of the 20s and 30s European movers and shakers. He invented the process of solarization and spent the 1920s creating surrealist photography and taking striking portraits of the great and good, the beautiful and the damned, including the one above of model and muse Nusch Eluard. I might put some more Man Ray portraits up to accompany posts- they beat some of the band pictures I use hands down (such as yesterday’s Lemonheads shot).