Something To Remember Me By

Back in 2009 something most unexpected happened. I remember the moment I read something like ‘you won’t believe this’, clicked play and the opening seconds of Sea Within A Sea came out of the speakers- a throbbing bassline , motorik drumming and some phased guitar sounds. Farris’s vocal covered in echo. The second half of the song with the synth arpeggio part lifting it and then the building keyboard part. Eight minutes of glorious surprise.

Sea Within A Sea

The album that followed, Primary Colours, had other peaks too (Who Can Say is one the last decade’s best guitar songs). After that I bought the third album, Skying, which hasn’t stuck in the memory and didn’t get the following one. The new album, V, is out now and the video for the closing song Something To Remember Me By went online yesterday. The song is synth-led, a black clad leather version of Moroder’s pulsing sound topped with Badwan’s confident indie/goth vocal. This is pop music, left of centre but direct pop music nonetheless. I like it.

The video has the band signing up with a company to have their bodily fluids extracted and turned into artefacts to be sold via the internet, including a green dildo. Which is nice.

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One Million

At some point while away in London this blog passed one million page views. One million! I’ve no idea how this compares to other blogs, how many page views other bloggers have had/get but it seems like a bit of a milestone.

Tom Furse of The Horrors has remixed the new Cavern Of Anti-Matter album into one seventeen minute megamix, a psych/cosmiche feast.

Moving Further Away

A humdinger of a Weatherall remix that appeared on a very pricey Horrors vinyl box set from 2012 for Thursday. The drum machine wheezes away, a bleepy arpeggio repeats and builds, and the Farris chorus part comes in and out. Hypnotic.

Moving Further Away (Andrew Weatherall remix)

I  would pay good money for a Weatherall remix of Beyonce.

Your Love

 

Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles’ Your Love is one of the cornerstones of modern music- the two note bassline, that sequenced arpeggio part, the gospel vocals, the four-four beat. Back in the mid-80s Jamie Principle put it together in his Chicago bedroom on cheap and homemade machinery. Frankie Knuckles then sprinkled his magic over it. It was played off cassette for ages in Chicago warehouses before it got a vinyl release. It’s been a record of uplift and ecstasy ever since, especially since it then went and got magically spliced with Candy Staton.

At a recent Radio 1 session The Horrors covered Your Love. Do not worry. It is fucking superb.

Your Love (Radio Session)

I’m Going To See The Stars

This is good in an exotica/lounge/library records sort of way. Tom Furse, out of The Horrors, and some first rate retro-futurism.

Free Action

That Moon Duo remix album that came out for Record Shop Day is very good- eight remixes and only one that doesn’t really do much for me. I haven’t got the actual vinyl unfortunately- I found this somewhere on the internets. This song, remixed by Tom Furse of The Horrors, is a beaut.

Free Action (Tom Furse Remix)

Misbegotten

I was once teaching a class of Year 11 students and we were studying the Cold War- something that having grown up since the collapse of Communism, the Eastern Bloc and the Berlin Wall, meant little to them. One lad’s only response to the Soviets crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising was ‘that girl with the machine gun’s pretty fit.’

The Horrors remixed The Charlatans a few years ago. Nicely electronic.

The Misbegotten (The Horrors Remix)