Tied Up

The 1990s frequently brought together strange bedfellows in remix terms- this 1994 release saw Spiritualized take on the Leeds bleep techno of LFO. Nine minutes of white noise and ambient drones. Lovely stuff.

Tied Up (Spiritualized Electric Mainline Remix)

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How Big Are Your Eyes?

The stats page on the dashboard of this blog tells me that in the last couple of weeks one of the most read posts has been one from July 2010, Two Lone Swordsmen’s remix of Come Together by Spiritualized. I don’t know why there’s been a sudden interest in people looking for this track. But if you’re one of the people looking for it, here it is again.

Come Together (Two Lone Swordsmen Remix)

It sounds nothing like the surging garage rock of the original. Instead there is fifteen minutes of stoned, gritty machine music with a voice sampled specifically to freak you out.

Come Together

After that lovely Spiritualized song yesterday I sifted through their songs on the hard drive and on the shelves. I’ve got a lot more Spiritualized than I thought I had. Come Together was released as a shot at having a hit single from the Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space album. It got re-recorded at Abbey Road and lost some swear words (and lost a bit of it’s power as a result) and there were two remixes- a long, paranoid and freaked out Two Lone Swordsmen remix and a long, less paranoid and still pretty freaked out Richard Fearless one.

Come Together (Richard Fearless Mix)

Good video.

 

Space Project

This beautiful and melancholic song came from Jason Pierce’s Spiritualized on a space themed compilation for Record Shop Day earlier this year. All the songs used sounds found by the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes. Actually, they’re not really sounds at all but ‘electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near. Each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique.’

Free Your Mind

You might have seen and heard this already but if you haven’t get your ears opened up- Cut Copy remixed by Spiritualized. Cut Copy decided to write a call to arms for a new youth movement. Jason Pierce remixed it with some organ, some guitar notes and a lot of controlled noise and static, with some of his whispered bottom-of-the well vocals appearing about reaching for the sky. Quite superb.

Electric Sound Of Summer

I pointed you in the direction of Fuxa back in the Spring, who recorded this beautiful, blissed out version of the Fun Boy Three/Go Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed. Whispered vox, analogue keys, primitive percussion, effects.

Something reminded me of it the other day and I realised I hadn’t gone looking for the album, which came out in May. It’s called Electric Sound Of Summer, and that title describes it pretty well. It’s got wooziness all over it, the aural equivalent of the sun going down over a beer garden when you’ve had exactly the right amount to drink and everything feels good. On the other hand there’s a sadness about it too. The sun will soon disappear behind the trees, a chill in the air, Autumn’s just around the corner. Lovely stuff.

As well as the aforementioned cover there’s a ten minute version of Suicide’s Cheree, a cover of a Daniel Johnston song (below) and guest spots from Dean and Britta (from Luna and Dean and Britta), Seefeel’s Sarah Peacock, and members of Spiritualized, Spectrum and Spacemen 3.

Some Things Last A Long Time

Dr And Spaceman

Dr John, the Night Tripper, released Gris Gris back in 1968, still the spookiest New Orleans, gumbo voodoo rock album ever. Not rock music at all really, more a bad but funky r’n’b trip. Walk On Gilded Splinters is in a field of it’s own. He’s got a new album out called Locked Down, recorded with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which I haven’t got but am tempted by come payday. Which is today. Hurrah!

This song Gris Gris was given away on an NME cd in the late 90s, remixed by another psychedelic explorer J Spaceman of Spiritualized (who also have a new album out, which I don’t have but am tempted by). I’m sure I’ve got the cd somewhere but couldn’t find it. I found the remix at ireallylikemusic and I hope the original poster doesn’t mind me re-presenting it.

Gris Gris (J Spaceman Mix)