Bye Barat – Going For Broke (Unkwon Mix) (2014)

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Copenhagen based producer UNKWON has graced the VICE office with the premiere of his remix of Bye Barat’s “Going For Broke.” The original song, which is upbeat and reminiscent of 90’s pop, is completely reimagined in the slowed down and grunged up fashion that Unkwon has become known for. This new remix is hauntingly beautiful while maintaining a steady rhythm and beat that keep heads moving, with an interesting use of sounds and reverb that reminds us of a late autumn stroll down a damp underground tunnel. [Source]



Prince – Empty Room (2014)

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Empty Room was initially released as a members-only download from the NPG Music Club on 4 January, 2003 (the day after similar downloads were made available of Copenhagen, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo).

As an “experiment”, the song was released by an e-mailed link to European members only, as the track was recorded during the European leg of the One Nite Alone… Tour (during a NPG Music Club members-only soundcheck on 25 October, 2002, where Copenhagen was also recorded).

The same version was later included as the fifth and final track on Prince’s third live album C-Note (a compilation of these five soundcheck tracks).

Two studio versions of the track exist.

Original recording

Initial tracking took place on 4 August, 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA (three days after Splash, six days before Sexual Suicide).

It was recorded with the Revolution, following an argument with Susanna Melvoin.

Re-recording

In mid-late March, 1992, Prince re-recorded the song at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, as a quieter piano track for the James L. Brooks movie I’ll Do Anything (during the same set of sessions as I’ll Do Anything, Make Believe and My Little Pill), but the track is not known to have been considered for the movie, and was not included on a planned I’ll Do Anything album.

In late 1994, Prince made a video for the song, using the original 1985 music. It is possible the song was considered for inclusion on the Chaos And Disorder album at this point, although this has not been verified.

No studio version of the track has been released.

Rehearsal from Paisley Park Studios last night!

Slim Twig – Maintain The Charade (2014)

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Slim Twig is the name of a man, not of a band – though he has performed in many a group, some under his own moniker. Boasting a catalogue several underthe- radar releases deep, the Toronto native lays claim to a tremendously original work with his orchestrallyinflected, art rock album, A Hound At The Hem. Self-produced in the fall, 2010, Hound is a suite of narrative songs thematically inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. DFA is privileged to reissue this album in advance of the release of Twig’s newest works.

Upon completing AHATH in 2010, Twig struggled to find wide release for it due to its uncompromising textural onslaught and disregard for genre. This course of events set the stage for the composition and release of Sof’ Sike, a somewhat more conventional set of pop songs released on Paper Bag Records, in 2012. The title of that work refers to Twig’s own conception of Hound as the hard-psych flipside to his work of that period.

Recorded on Toronto Island in collaboration with fellow Torontonian, Louis Percival, the album features string arrangements by Owen Pallett, and other collaborators including Meg Remy (U.S. Girls), Carl Didur (Zacht Automaat), and the St. Kitts Quartet.

As a conceptalbum exploring the troubling and the taboo and themes like the transformative power of lust, AHATH can be interpreted as an echolike response to Serge Gainsbourg and JeanClaude Vannier’s Histoire De Melody Nelson. Most of all, AHATH poses the question; where next for Slim Twig, this promising and original auteur?

Directed, Shot and Edited by Meg Remy. Performed by Alicia Nauta. From the forthcoming LP ‘A Hound At The Hem’ out worldwide on DFA Records on October 28, 2014.

Suzi Quatro – Warm Leatherette (2014)

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The Girl From Detroit City is a beautifully presented 4-CD boxed set, celebrating an amazing 50 years in the music business for rock ‘n’ roll queen, Suzi Quatro. The 82 tracks on offer here span the whole of Suzi’s career, including three songs by the Pleasure Seekers, the all-girl rock band, which Suzi formed along with her sister Patti, and which signed to Mercury Records in 1968. Her massive chart hits from the 1970s also feature, including the ‘Chinnichap’ numbers, Can the Can, 48 Crash and Devil Gate Drive and a whole wealth of material from the 1970s onwards, through to tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2011 album, In The Spotlight, which witnessed her reunion with producer, Mike Chapman; highlights of which included Suzi’s covers of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine and Rhianna’s Breaking Dishes plus a Chapman number, A Girl Like Me, which he wrote especially for her.