Archive for June 9th, 2006

June 9, 2006

COLDCUT (FEAT. ROBERT OWENS) – Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Henrik Schwarz Remixes (12″ Promo)

Walk A Mile In My Shoes Promo CoverNinja Tune ZEN12179H: 5th June 2006
1. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
"Before you abuse, criticise and accuse, then walk a mile in my shoes"
2. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Henrik Schwarz Remix Radio Edit)
"There are people on reservations, and out in the ghettos, and brother there, for the grace of God, go you and I"
3. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Henrik Schwarz Dub)
(Instrumental)

Ahead of a full release of 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes', Coldcut have released a promo showcasing 'Henrik Schwarz's incredible 9.23 Remix. It's a cover of a song by an early seventies folk singer called Joe South, who I'd never heard of (I'll have to investigate his work). The full release will also have Remixes by Tiga, Tom Belton and Timo Garcia.

Henrik Schwarz's Remix has the Electro-Jazz feel of Vangelis' score for 'Blade Runner'. It doesn't seem to radically depart from the original version, it simply enhances it and gives it space to breathe. Like when the anticipation created by the extended intro, embues the strings at 3.59 with a drama that they didn't seem to have on the original. Then the drums come in at 4.32 like a deafening heart beat. It all ends with aggressive Synths duelling with the string section for your attention. Add to that Robert Owens' wonderful Gospel vocals drifting over the top. Henrik Schwarz has seen into the soul of this track and created an unforgettable Remix.

The five minute 'Radio Edit' is good but it kind of defeats the point. Also the instrumental Dub version loses something when stripped of Robert Owens' vocals. I'd probably wait for the full release to get this essential remix.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Henrik Schwarz Dub) mp3
Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Tiga Remix Edit) mp3
Mr Nichols mp3

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June 9, 2006

THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER – MySpace Demos (Downloads)

MySpace Demos ImageUploaded: Early 2006
1. I Hate The Blues (Demo)

"The flowers in the window are getting old, and as the time passes by the wind blows"
2. Love Turns To Hate (Demo)
"The time has come to roll the die, but in the end you pay the price"

I'd heard a while ago that TEMBD had put up new Demos on their MySpace page. But for some strange reason I've only just got round to downloading them. It's still the familiar Ian Curtis fronting The Cramps sound that we all love (Well, I love them anyway).

'I Hate The Blues' is your average boy likes girl, girl hates boy, so boy puts the whole world to the sword type of love song. It's got what sounds like Egyptian slaves chanting in the background (Not that I've ever been to Ancient Egypt). 'Love Turns To Hate' veers a little too close to pure Metal for my complete listening pleasure. It's got a chorus that sounds like The Killers. But only if Brandon Flowers was replaced by Charles Mansun. I would say the future looks bright for TEMBD, but somehow 'Bright' isn't a word I would associate with them.

Click on the tracks to download them, or visit their MySpace page.

TEMBD Website / TEMBD MySpace Page / TEMBD Fansite