Chemical Bros. at Creamfields, Paul Oakenfold remixes 'Planet Rock,' and albums from Funky Lowlives, Badmarsh & Shri, and Spiritualized.
Chemicals At Creamfields
Following the success of the Irish leg of the Creamfields festival in Dublin last month (June 23), the Liverpool, England-based super brand has secured big name producer/DJ duo the Chemical Brothers for its 16-hour Aug. 25 event in Liverpool. To accommodate the growing ticket demand, capacity has been increased from 50,000 to 55,000.
The Chemicals, who will play Creamfields' Bugged Out arena, are currently receiving widespread acclaim for their dancefloor smash "Africa (Electronic Battle Weapon 5)" (Virgin). Also raising the duo's profile is the inclusion of "Galaxy Bounce" on the "Tomb Raider" soundtrack, released this week via EastWest.
Funky Lowlives Deliver First G-Stone Release
The long-awaited debut release from U.K. duo the Funky Lowlives on Kruder and Dorfmeister's influential G-Stone label comes in the form of the "Inside EP" -- four choice slices of their trademark Afro-funk and samba rhythms out July 30 in the U.K.
The Lowlives (whose celebrity fans include Francois Kervorkian, Gilles Peterson and A Guy Called Gerald) are London-based writer/producer team John Whitehouse and Gary Danks, who have already notched up remix credits for Masters at Work and Fatboy Slim.
A Lowlives EP for David Byrne's Luaka Bop label and an album on Stereo Deluxe Records are expected later in the year.
Badmarsh & Shri
Badmarsh & Shri are the rare combination of a producer/DJ and a classically trained musician, respectively. With the rise of Asian music producers in the U.K., the Outcaste Records artists are fast catching up to acclaimed peers such as Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh (Island) and Nitin Sawnhey (V2) -- the latter of whom, incidentally, produced Shri's 1997 solo album, "Drum the Bass."
The duo will on July 16 release "Signs," the title track from their second album, issued in May. The single, a cover of the dancehall classic by the late Tenor Saw, features Asian ragga MC UK Apache. Its extensive remix package includes international contributions from Ninja Tune's Bonobo, U.S. producers Fused, and French hip-hop kids Le Peuple de L'Herbe.
Oakenfold Rocks Bambaataa Classic
Big name producer Paul Oakenfold will give the electro classic "Planet Rock" an anniversary remix treatment next month for Tommy Boy. The Arthur Baker-production of the Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force track was originally released on Tommy Boy in 1982 and was, for many, the record that kick started the electro funk movement. Almost 20 years on, the "Planet Rock" original is still a fixture in many DJs boxes.
Oakenfold's remix -- due out Aug. 6 and included on the "Swordfish" soundtrack -- adds a smattering of house-related peaks and troughs, but thankfully doesn't mess too much with the record's fundamentals.
Meanwhile, Tommy Boy continues its 20th anniversary celebration with British and European tour dates throughout July featuring Bambaataa, Baker, Maseo (De la Soul), and Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030/Gorillaz).
Truby Trio Do DJ Kicks
Due out Aug. 13 is the long-awaited next installment of German label Studio K7's famed "DJ Kicks" series. The mix album was assembled by Compost Records/Jazzanova downbeat jazz and Brazilian virtuosos Truby Trio -- Rainer Truby, Christian Prommer, and Roland Appel (who also records as Fauna Flash).
The album will be preceded by a single release in the form of "High Jazz" on July 30. The track, which features vocalist Joseph Malik, is the first ever non-instrumental production by the Trio.
Previously installments in the series have been compiled by Kruder & Dorfmeister, Nightmares on Wax, and Stereo MCs.
Spiritualized 'Let It Come Down'
Spiritualized will release its fourth studio album, "Let It Come Down," on Sept. 10 via Spaceman Records. The follow up to 1997's critically acclaimed "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space," the album will be preceded by the single "Stop Your Crying" on Aug. 27.
The album was entirely written and arranged by singer/guitarist and founding member Jason Pierce over a two-year period, and reportedly utilizes as many as 100 musicians, including gospel and choral singers.
Following the release of Spiritualized's "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" album in Fall 1998, Pierce dismissed most of his then bandmates -- three of whom (guitarist Mike Mooney, bassist Sean Cook, and drummer Damon Reece) went on to form rock act Lupine Howl. The current Spiritualized line up consists of Pierce, keyboard player Thighpaulsandra (real name: Tim Lewis), and sax player Ray Dickaty, with a cast of other musicians utilized in the recording process. The band is expected to tour the U.K. in the wake of the release.