She Sleeps is the second single from FaltyDL‘s coming-of-age masterpiece, Hardcourage, and perhaps the centrepiece of the album. The only vocal song on the full length, “She Sleeps” features a brilliant, haunting turn from the Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane. Mysterious, tender and reflective, his lyrics weave around the driving, purposeful percussion and a melody that’s singularly exploratory and gentle. The single comes with a remix package that more than does justice to the quality of the original. Holland’s electronic pioneer Martyn has reworked the track into a writhing, muscular dancefloor stomp. Gang Gang Dance need no introduction, and their take on the song proves why once more. Lifting the inter beauty of the song to the fore, they’ve turned it into an opus of rich texture and uplifting, melancholic melody. Ital is the solo moniker of Planet Mu’s Daniel Martin-McCormick, and his remix takes things a touch darker and industrial edged, warping the melody into something altogether more ominous. Finally, exuberant London boogie-ists 2000Black have worked “She Sleeps” into a deep, hypnotic soulful groove. [Source]
Grasscut are uniquely concerned with place, with location – Unearth features ten songs shaped by landscape and memory, each inspired by a specific location in Britain. There is also a “shadow version” of Unearth, comprising alternative versions of each of the ten tracks. Each currently exists only on a single cassette, which has been concealed (with Walkman) in a box at each location around the country. Grasscut invite those of a curious and/or dogged disposition to track down any or all of the boxes, following video directions and Twitter clues. Any fan who posts a photo of himself listening to a shadow track in situ will receive a signed CD copy of Unearth. But each Walkman also features a letter of the alphabet: one-tenth of a codeword. The first person to visit all ten locations, and to contact us with this word, will be entitled to a private Grasscut performance in their own home. The band’s A&R has even promised to make soup for the assembled throng. Grasscut will release their second album, Unearth, on 16 July (EU) / 24 July (NA). [Source]
The new DJ Food “The Search Engine” album is released this week in the US on Ninja Tune. This stunning album includes the track “Prey” featuring vocals by JG Thirlwell. The album will also feature Thirlwell compadre Matt Johnson, on a DJ food cover of a The The track “Giant”. It’s available from Amazon, iTunes, Bleep and other fine retailers. If you look hard enough you might even find the deluxe limited comic book version which contains the album on CD and a flexi-disc.