Tag Archives: Stuart Price

+Watch+ Pet Shop Boys – Vocal

In which the Pet Shop Boys go and try too hard. Love the start of ‘Vocal’, up until the first drop, when it goes all sonic fucking bonkers and turns into a parody. Like your dad was describing dance music to your mum. Structurally it reminds me of ‘It’s Alright’ and the fellas would probably say it was ‘It’s Alright’, for 2013, but it just sounds like ‘It’s Alright’ gagging on an EDM crack pipe. Like one of my favourite PSB tunes, one that got me through some dark years of teenage shit by the way, had been drenched in a shower of saccharine gunge right out of David Guetta’s arse. There’s too much going on and you’d have thought with so much undoubted talent behind the mixing desk, someone would have said ‘hang on a minute, does this really need another massive build and even more effects?’ By the end of it, I’m in the middle of a full blown panic attack.

Listen and enjoy until 1 minute 20 ish, then go and listen to ‘It’s Alright’ and wash your ears out

+Listen+ Pet Shop Boys – Axis

psbI can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to hear/post a PSB tune I actually like. Too many times since, I dunno, Very in 1993, I’ve heard new releases from the pioneering pop duo and I’ve had to stifle the yawns. It’s all been a bit meh. Don’t get me wrong, as far as personally seminal bands go the Pet Shop Boys are up there, but apart from ‘Minimal’ off 2006’s Fundamental, they haven’t released a whole lot that’s excited me in twenty years. Don’t even get me started on the monstrosity that is ‘Winner’.

Anyway now they’re back with new Stuart Price produced material and judging by ‘Axis’, the first track off new album ‘Electric’, the studio collaboration I always assumed  would be a match made in heaven seems to have borne some Hi NRG fruit. It’s not perfect, Dave ©  reckons it sounds like the music from Alan Partridge’s canal boat promo in places and he’s not wrong, but overall this feels like Chris has finally worked out how play a synth again and the pair have finally remembered what dance music is. ‘Electric’ is released on July 15th. Tracklisting below the vid.

Tracklisting:

1. Axis
2. Bolshy
3. Love is a bourgeois construct
4. Fluorescent
5. Inside a dream
6. The last to die
7. Shouting in the evening
8. Thursday (featuring Example)
9. Vocal

C’mon

“Scottish bastards glued my hands together, hasn’t he?”

When I was a kid you used to get vinyl albums consisting entirely of sound effects. Most of them were BBC produced, full of squeaking doors, wind through trees and a sudden blood curdling shrieks. There were also compilations of birdsong, so you could sit in your front room and imagine you were in a forest, surrounded by woodpeckers. It’s suprisingly relaxing and of course you avoid actually being outdoors, bitten by bugs, mud all up your back.

I only mention this as Jarvis Cocker has gone and produced an album for the National Trust that, when I listened to it earlier, brought back all those memorys. It’s an album of sound effects, recorded in and around National Trust properties, like Belton House and Quarry Bank Mill. It’s really good, even though I was expecting…I don’t really know what I was expecting. With Jarvis you never know what you’re going to get I suppose and this really is just an album of sounds. It’s well worth a listen, not all at once; that would be a bit mental, but as a tool to unwind. You can download the whole thing for free here

Tiesto and Diplo – strange one this. Each does his own thing very well and I would never have put them together in a million years. Listening to it you imagine that Tiesto baggsied the top and Diplo took the bottom. It’s a great collaboration really, with some trancey rises before (and I’m guessing) Diplo handles the drop.

Diplo & Tiesto – Come On

My taste for bangers reinvigorated I found this Sick Boy remix of Motor’s ‘Kick It’ on RCDRD LBL. I love Motor, constantly killing it and far too underrated.

Scissor Sisters are back and though I have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of their first albums, their new stuff sounds great. Produced by Stuart Price the album, ‘Night Work’ is out in June. There are some great remixes of ‘Invisible Light’ about (the Stuart Price one especially), but this one by Siriusmo is my fave at the moment.

Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light (Siriusmo Vocal Remix)

I was going to do a Reset! post, but I haven’t got the time or inclination at the mo. I’ll come back to them later, but for now their remix of Cassius’s 99 is funky as fuck

In The Way Of Control

There appears to have been an election. No one appears to have won. We’re all going to die…

Some music to keep you amused until we become consumed with massive Greek style debt, suffocate under a cloud of Icelandic ash, find ourselves being led by Tories. Whatever happens first really.

Good luck…

Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light (Stuart Price 12 Remix)

Diddy-Dirty Money – Hello Good Morning (Red Remix)

Example – All Over Again