All posts by djjedredy

Primary School teacher in Manchester. Vinyl junkie and 80's nostalgia freak

Cut Copy – A Small Selection

Bizarrely I have a few early Promo CD’s by this band, I’ll have to dig them out but I’ll let Mike B share this Modern Aussie stuff.

Cut Copy where straight out of Melbourne and begun in 2001. The line-up is ; Dan Whitford: vocals, keyboards, guitar, Tim Hoey: guitar, sampler,
Ben Browning: bass guitar and Mitchell Scott: drums

So riding the Electro Clash wave extremely well we start with a trio of 2008 releases. Indie Dance in its purest form.

Lights & Music (CDS)

From February 2008 and the catchy “Lights & Music” , some 80’s vibes. Tim Goldsworthy (Unkle, Hercules And Love Affair, DFA)

Boys Noize (German producer Alexander Ridha) deconstructs and add his own chopped up to Disco groove.

The Superdiscount mix (Etienne De Crécy) goes deep disco with a more adventurous mix. Some alarms and deep chords as well as plenty of 8-Bit.

Modular Recordings – MODPR101

1Lights & Music (Radio Edit)3:38
2Lights & Music (Single Version)4:59
3Lights & Music (Boys Noize Happy Birthday Remix)5:18
4Lights & Music (Superdiscount Remix)7:05

Hearts On Fire

From Sept 2008 and the Disco keeps on throbbing, a great groove but a little repetitive in the lyric department. I like the added guitars, a bit New Order-ish.

Calvin Harris goes a bit ravey on track 2. Electro House. Fellow Aussie’s Midnight Juggernauts give it their E.L.O. vibe, arpeggio and big Vangelis chords. Very analogue.

Holy Ghost! (US Duo Alex Frankel and Nicholas Millhiser) give it a lonnng funky House mix, I like the dubby piano and saxophone. Top Mix!

Modular Recordings – MODVL094

A1Hearts On Fire (Full Length)
A2Hearts On Fire (Calvin Harris Remix)
B1Hearts On Fire (Midnight Juggernauts)
B2Hearts On Fire (Holy Ghost! Remix)

In Ghost Colours (Deluxe CD)

Their second album which hones their sound, released in March 2008. It is very 80’s in places. With Goldsworthy producing a more dynamic “Live” feel to the sound. It’s all segued together. I like the short shoegaze of “We Fight For Diamonds” going into the Indie stomper, of “Unforgettable Season” and “So Haunted”

1Feel The Love4:28
2Out There On The Ice4:58
3Lights And Music4:37
4We Fight For Diamonds1:02
5Unforgettable Season3:13
6Midnight Runner2:32
7So Haunted4:27
8Voices In Quartz1:21
9Hearts On Fire4:53
10Far Away4:56
11Silver Thoughts0:29
12Strangers In The Wind4:44
14Nobody Lost, Nobody Found4:39
15Eternity One Night Only3:06
16Out There On The Ice (Instrumental)4:27
17Lights And Music (Instrumental)6:00
18So Haunted (Instrumental)5:52
19Far Away (Instrumental)5:31

Dance Exponents – Expectations (CD Re-issue) + Re-ups (New Zealand CD)

More from New Zealand band Dance Exponents and their ’85 album re-issued and expanded on CD from ’99

The line-up for the album was ; Bass – Dave Gent, Drums – Vince Ely (Psychedelic Furs), Guitar, Backing Vocals – Brian Jones, Guitar, Piano, Bass – Chris Sheehan and vocals –  Jordan Luck.

At the time they were huge in New Zealand and this was their second album produced by Ian Taylor. Plenty of guitars

“Prayers Be Answered” could be The Stone Roses. “Ashened….” has an expected solo piano ending. “Only I Could Die” sounds a bit like U2.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Universal Music New Zealand – 1445752852

1These Ocean’s Wave & Tide Us In3:49
2Christchurch (In Cashel St I Wait)4:16
3Raining, Running Through The Rain Forest3:01
4Prayers Be Answered4:15
5Ashened Ashened Autumn Leaves5:18
6Only I Could Die (And Love You Still)4:16
7Weeping Soul2:56
8Losing The Sun, The Moon, And You3:34
9My Love For You3:22
10Skies Of Sunset4:34
11Greater Hopes, Greater Expections4:04
12All I Can Do2:41
13The Empty Bunk In The Bunkhouse3:08
14Sex And Agriculture3:42

Links to the first album are still live

Sex And Agriculture twelve over here.

Tunes From Oz and Beyond – Part 43 – (Holly Valance, Boom Crash Orchestra, Real Life )

The final instalment and featuring mini collections.

Holly Valance – State Of Mind (2 x Promo 12″)

Who remembers Melbourne’s Holly Valance. A couple of albums and a handful of singles and some excellent marketing !

Here is her final release with the obligatory double pack of 4 remixes in desperation that one would be played in the Clubs and make the track a little more successful. The debut single from her second album, that bombed.

Vertigo (Paul Southby and Paul Wiseman) tap into the Electro Clash genre.

Felix mixes up the Rock and Beats quite well, if a little too slow. Like that synth bass but it dominates it, plus that Fade To Grey synth wash.

Prefer the original’s electro clash stomp. Produced by Jeff and Mark Taylor and a certain Steve Torch (from White and Torch)×2%2529_-_2003.rar/file

London Records – lxxxdj482

A1State Of Mind (Vertigo Mix)6:57
B1State Of Mind (Extended Original Mix)5:16
C1State Of Mind (Felix Da Housekatt Mix)7:23
D1State Of Mind (Vertigo Dub Mix)6:56

Boom Crash Opera – The Best Things – Greatest Hits (Aussie CD Import)

A Best Of , released in 2013 and gathering the best moments from this Melbourne band.  The album includes tracks from the group’s first four studio albums as well as two new tracks recorded in 2012, “I am” and “You Can’t Stop the Sun”.

Rock with some ambitious arrangements and great melodies, more of a singles band.

Liberation Music – LMCD0229

1Onion Skin3:29
2The Best Thing4:14
3Great Wall3:46
4Hands Up In The Air3:56
5Dancing In The Storm4:11
6City Flat4:10
8In The Morning3:54
9Talk About It?!4:41
11This Isn’t Love3:29
12Get Out Of The House3:20
13Her Charity5:00
14I Am4:05
15You Can’t Stop The Sun3:41

Real Life – Down Comes The Hammer (2021 Remaster)

New Wave Rocks and can be from anywhere in the World. This ’86 from Real Life see’s them embrace digital synths and samplers. A sort of compilation as there were only 3 new songs; “Babies”, “Night after Night”, and “Hammer of Love” but this remaster is proper CD quality. Thanks Stu Calvert for this share! (Only from back in April…*gulp*)

IT’s IN FLAC !!!

Curb Records – MCA-5834

A1Babies (Rock Mix)5:18
A2Night After Night4:00
A3Flame (Remix)4:48
A4Send Me An Angel (Master Mix)5:02
B1Hammer Of Love3:54
B2Let’s Fall In Love (Remix)3:40
B3One Blind Love4:22
B4No Shame3:28

Hothouse Flowers – Love Don’t Work This Way (12″)

Different from the album, but in a good way ? Fred had argued against the fact and included the album version for a comparison. A forgotten gem of a track from ’87 that I thought must have been a cover.

It was produced by Flood and engineered by Dublin’s Pat McCarthy

“See-Line Woman” gets a live cover, originally written by George Houston Bass in 1933! Recorded allegedly in 1986/1987 in the Top Hat in Dun Laoghaire , Dublin. Extended and as funky as hell. A Festival tune.

“Freedom” keeps that live feel, funky and soulful. A great sax solo from Leo Barnes. Such a very, very underrated band.’t+Work+This+Way+(1987+12”).rar/file

Island Records – 609 128

A1Love Don’t Work This Way (Twelve Inch Version)6:45
B1See-Line Woman (Live)7:14

Thinkman – The Formula (LP And 12″)

So this turns out to be producer’s Rupert Hine’s side project (Post Punk Monk will know more about it) and he does !

A list of classy guest musicians appear; Chris Thomson, (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band)  James West – Oram (The Fixx), Lisa Dalbello and Stewart Copeland and an important mention to the lyrics written by Jeannette Obstoj. Hine had cut his teeth in a band called Quantum Leap and here he adds the complex Prog arrangements into an album you have to sit down and listen to, just like the old days.

The classic 80’s dramatic vocals, plenty of tech, early sampling at the start of The Formula track. Well crafted songs that have stood the test of time. All a decent length as well.”

Island Records – 207 723

A1Best Adventures4:36
A2The Formula7:47
A4The Ecstasy Of Free Thought5:45
B1The Conflict4:23
B2The Challenge4:24
B3The Days Of A Champion4:40
B4There Shines Our Promised Land6:00

The Formula (Euro 12″)

The 12″ is certainly aimed at the dancefloor, samples and beats toughen up the groove. Catchy and complex and with a female backing vocals. The short version works really well, the anti-media message on top of that deep reggae groove (and then those classical synth strings kick in sending it to another level)

For collectors you may want to check out the clunky , bass led instrumental. Sudden silences and backward loops. Then the synth brass bounces in.”).rar/file

Island Records – 608 163

AThe Formula (Extrapolated Version)6:25
B1Excerpt From The Big Lie4:05
B2The Formula (Interpolated Version)4:06

Mixed Emotions – Bring Back (Sha Na Na) (Extended Sha na na-Mix) (German 12″)

German synth duo (both dead) Drafi Deutscher (Instruments and backing vocals) and Oliver Simon (Vocals) go all nostalgia in this 60’s sounding epic. Borrowing a bit from “Waves” melody by Blancmange in the arrangement.

Very cheesy but catchy and what a lovely beard !”)+(1987)+(ADG+Rip).rar/file

Electrola – 1C K 060 14 7243 6

ABring Back (Sha Na Na)6:05
BBring Back (Sha Na Na) (Instrumental)4:48

Mylene Farmer – Part 2

So I have discovered that she is massive in her home country, literally 1000’s of comments and millions of views on Youtube and only until Sunday I’d not heard a single thing by her. But why use that surname ?

XXL (French 12″)

From September ’95 and the harder, almost rave mixes of this track Taken from the album “Anamorphosée.”

The B-side is quite synthpop and commercial.ène+Farmer+-+XXL+(French+12”)+(1995)+(ADG+Rip).zip/file

L’Instant X (Dance Remixes) (French 12″)

From Dec ’95 and a much harder sound, there are guitars (from Jeff Dahlgren)and a more heavy, Industrial beat!

Bertrand Châtenet helps on the remixes, track 2 is a gem, leftfield and with her voice sitting over the noisy backing.

Ramon Zenker (Hardfloor) adds some punchy Tech House mixes on the B-side. Not my cup of tea. His other mix (Last track) adds some Big Beats as it turns into a more Street Hop track, far better.ène+Farmer+-+L’Instant+X+(Dance+Remixes)+(12”)+(1995)+(ADG+Rip).zip/file

Polydor – 577 835 – 1

A1L’Instant X (Santa’s Hard Re-X-Mix)6:00
A2L’Instant X (Have A Instant X-Mix)7:05
B1L’Instant X (Ramon Zenker Club Dub Re-Mix)5:39
B2L’Instant X (Ramon Zenker Groove Trop Re-Mix)5:26

Mylene Farmer Et Seal – Les Mots (French 12″)

Being a bit of a Seal fan I didn’t know this duet existed ! From Nov 2001 and it’s a beauty. Very lush arrangement and her fragile voice works well with Seal’s powerful, yet delicate vocals.

The B-side mix is even more delicate, love the strings. Wow!

Another splendid Laurent Boutonnat production (Who I’d not heard of as well)

Polydor – 570 486 – 1

ALes Mots4:47
BLes Mots (Strings For Souls Mix)4:44

C’Est Une Belle Journée (Remixes) (LTD Edition French 12″)

From April 2002 and more remixes from Blue Planet Corporation and Starcity (Peter Hoff) Giving the track a Progressive House Groove on track 1 and a funky House feel on the B-side.ène+Farmer+-+C’Est+Une+Belle+Journée+(Remixes)+(12”)+(2002)+(ADG+Rip).rar/file

Polydor – 0403

AC’Est Une Belle Journée (Elegie’s Remix Club)7:10
BC’Est Une Belle Journée (Bed & Belle Remix)8:07

Pardonne-moi (LTD Edition 12″)

From the album “Les Mots” is this limited edition twelve. Street beats and lush orchestration on the usual studio version. Released Oct 2002

A Trance mix from Jaïa (Yannis Kamarinos and Jean Michel Blanchet) and Blue Planet Corporation (Gabriel Masurel) builds the track but it really needed to break out a bit earlier or be longer!ène+Farmer+-+Pardonne-moi+(Limited+Edition+12”)+(2002)+(ADG+Rip).zip/file

APardonne-moi (Forgiveness Club Remix)6:30

Polydor – 570 933 – 1

Mr. Mister – Is It Love + Re-ups (Euro 12″)

Well some Middle Of The Road stuff and that “other” track by Mr Mister.

 A studio-project with brilliant session musicians playing guitars and synths. This was the third single from the album “Welcome to the Real World.” The line-up was Drums – Pat Mastelotto, Guitar – Steve Farris, Keyboards, Vocals – Steve George and Lead Vocals, Bass – Richard Page

From March ’86 and synth sprinkled Pop Rock with remixes by Victor Flores (who ?). Funk and horns and then the guitars kick in.

The Dub Mix is the funkier of the mixes whilst the B-side “32” goes a bit reggae lite in a Police style. From their first album, “32 feet per second is the rate of falling objects. I try to avoid this number at airports!” Pat Mastelotto”)+(1986)+(ADG+Rip).rar/file

RCA – PT 49862

AIs It Love (Dance Mix)6:24
B1Is It Love (Dub Mix)4:12

Mylène Farmer – An Introduction (Part 1)

A bit of synthpop with a bit of Chanson. (All sung in French)

Alan had sent this over at Christmas time so I thought I’d better get on to it and do a series featuring this French singer. Never heard of her any of her stuff before so it was an interesting curation.

Mylène Jeanne Gautier, known by her stage name Mylène Farmer, is a French Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and author, born on 12 September 1961 in Montreal, Quebec.

Here is her wiki;

So a bit of a French Kate Bush it seems and hugely popular in France. This part includes her synthpop stuff.

Tristana (DJ Remix) (French 12″)

From Feb ’87 and in full synth mode, a bit Propaganda / PSB in arrangement from producer Laurent Boutonnat (the partner in this musical partnership) The promo vid as an actual mini art film. (with dwarves)

The B-side from ’86, “Au bout de la nuit” is a slower synth track, nice piano.ène+Farmer+-+Tristana+(DJ+Remix)+(12”)+(1987)+(ADG+Rip).zip/file

Polydor – 885 572-1

L’Autre Face
ATristana (Remix Club)7:10
Cette Face
B1Tristana (Wolf Mix)4:30
B2Au Bout De La Nuit4:18

Sans Contrefaçon (Boy Remix) (French 12″)

With Thierry Rogen in the studio we get another shiny synthpop track on this very rare twelve from Oct ’87. (And another film for the promo)

Track 2 is sung in English and is a slower, quite depressive track. With a man’s voice sample “Don’t Cry” and plenty of Fairlight flute.

“Déshabillez-Moi” pipes up the sampled orchestra with Farmer asking to be undressed with some Bjork like screams.ène+Farmer+-+Sans+Contrefaçon+(Boy+Remix)+(12”)+(1987)+(ADG+Rip).rar/file

Polydor – 887 195-1
ASans Contrefaçon (Boy Remix)5:55
B1La Ronde Triste4:10

Pourvu Qu’elles Soient Douces (French 12″)

On to Sept ’88 and the 3rd single taken from the album “Ainsi Soit Je….” Street beats and scratching. The musical team was still together with Bertrand Le Page on edits. Another video / film that I could not share because of age restrictions.

Liking the synth and sampler arrangement, Boutonnat must of had some top notch kit at the time. A great song.ène+Farmer+-+Pourvu+Qu’elles+Soient+Douces+(12”)+(1988)+(ADG+Rip).zip/file

Polydor – 887 847-1

APourvu Qu’elles Soient Douces (Remix Club)6:30
B1Pourvu Qu’elles Soient Douces (Version Single)4:10

Désenchantée (Club Remix) (Euro 12″)

Jumping to March ’91 and her most successful track and given a some Eurodance beats and breaks.

The B-side is a much rawer mix and more clubby, a different bass and rolling beats. Still all done inhouse.ène+Farmer+-+Désenchantée+(Club+Remix)+(12”)+(1991)+(ADG+Rip).rar/file

Polydor – 879 925-1

ADésenchantée (Club Remix)8:10
BDésenchantée (Chaos Mix)6:50