Friday, April 1, 2011

The KLF - America: What Time Is January?

What is there to say about The KLF? They are one of my favorite bands of all time, and if you're into sampling or remixing, these guys are a gold mine. This week's track is taken from an "unofficial release" CD which contains tracks that were released only on vinyl. This track is a remix of "America: What Time Is Love" and the first thing you'll notice is the awesome bagpipes. Enjoy!

Artist: The KLF
Title: America: What Time Is January?
From: The Lost Sounds of MU Vol. II
Time: 7.22

Saturday, February 12, 2011

One Dove - Why Don't You Take Me (Stephen Hague Mix)

Scottish band One Dove was one of those musical entities that I stumbled upon completely by accident. The year was 1993 and the band had just released their first (and only) album titled Morning Dove White. One of my friends who owned a local indie record store happened to be playing one of the singles off the album and I was immediately transfixed. Dot Allison's dreamy, ethereal vocals coupled with a near perfect trip-hop soundscape instantly appealed to me. I bought the album that day and it fast became one of my very favorites. For eighteen years I've been recommending the album to everyone I know and I have yet to find a single person who didn't like it. It really is that good. The best part? The album is not out-of-print or rare, so you can pop on Amazon right now and order it for less than $2!

However, the track I'm posting this time around is a bit harder to find. It's taken from a UK promo CD for one of One Dove's lesser known songs titled "Why Don't You Take Me." This was meant to be the third single from the album, but the band broke up before it could get any real promotion. Stephen Hague was tasked with remixing the track and he did an admirable job. Though it's not an extended version (it only clocks in at 3:44) it is still a very satisfying mix of the original song.

Some of you may know that Dot Allison moved on to relatively successful solo career, releasing four albums under her own name between 1998 and 2009. Though her solo work has its moments, it is substantially less compelling then her work with One Dove. Beg, borrow, or steal a copy of the their full length album. It is so worth it! Enjoy the track...

Artist: One Dove
Title: Why Don't You Take Me (Stephen Hague Mix)
From: Why Don't You Take Me (Promo CD5)
Time: 3.44

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wire - Life In The Manscape (7-inch Version)

I can't say I'm a huge Wire fan, but every once in a while they release something that catches my ear. Such is the case with this week's track. I picked up the CD single for "Life in the Manscape" at a used CD store for 50 cents. Knowing that Wire didn't always do it for me, I knew that I wouldn't be out much if I made the purchase and decided to never listen to it again. Well, I did listen it again. And again. And again. In fact, it soon became my favorite Wire song.

The song was released in 1990 and came out in a particularly accessible era of Wire's career (in stark contrast to some of their earlier experimental work in the late 70s and early 90s). I'm a pop music fan so I tend to shy away from anything too experimental, but this track hooked me the first time I heard with its pop sensibility and smooth synth sound. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Artist: Wire
Title: Life In The Manscape
From: Life In The Manscape CD5
Time: 3.54