The Anglo Files
News on Goldfrapp, Boris Dlugosch, Moloko, Slam, Todd EdwardsSecond Time Lucky For Goldfrapp
U.K. act Goldfrapp, currently following up its recent sold-out European tour with its first North American live dates (also sold-out), is set to re-release the "Utopia" single. Originally issued in October 2000 in the U.K., the single comes from the duo's critically acclaimed debut album "Felt Mountain," released last year on Mute.
Alison Goldfrapp first emerged as a vocalist on Tricky's 1995 album "Maxinquaye." Her haunting operatic vocals and keen sense of melodrama and eccentricity (both musically and visually) captured critics and fans with a common intensity. Now joined in her musical experiments by friend and film composer Will Gregory, she is making waves with the hugely theatrical Goldfrapp project.
Set for release on June 4, the revitalized "Utopia" will appear with new remixes from Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen (F-Communications) and Tom Middleton (Global Communications) whose "Cosmos Acid Dub Mix" is already heavily supported by the likes of John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, and Deep Dish.
Dlugosch & Moloko Gathering Speed
Following his massive remix of Moloko's hit single "Sing it Back" in 1999, German producer Boris Dlugosch has enlisted Moloko vocalist Roisin Murphy to guest on his forthcoming Positiva single, "Never Enough." The track, previewed at the recent Winter Music Conference in Miami, has been gathering support from U.K. DJs, including Pete Tong and Danny Rampling. Also featuring a mix from Dutch production outfit Chocolate Puma, the single will get a May 28 U.K. release.
Meanwhile Moloko's "All Back to the Mine" remix album is due for release on June 25 in the U.K. on DMC. Unlike previous volumes of the compilation series, which have been comprised of tracks by various artists, the Moloko contribution includes 21 mixes of their own tracks from 1995 to the present day.
The album contains 11 mixes previously commercially unreleased in the U.K. Highlights include Salt City Orchestra's "Knee Deepen" edit, Luke Vibert's Plug Mix of "Lotus Eaters," and the Quartermaster Mix of "Day for Night" as well as old favorites like Francois K's lush Blissed Out Dub of the massive hit, "Time Is Now," and man of the moment, Todd Edwards Pleasure for Life UK Vocal of "Pure Pleasure Seeker."
Glasgow Answers Detroit With Slam
In response to Detroit's indigenous techno scene, many conclude that British electronic music gene pools sprung up in the industrial cities of Sheffield in the north of England and Glasgow in Scotland. Whilst Sheffield spawned a plethora of chart-topping electronic artists including Moloko, Nightmares on Wax, and Human League (not to mention Warp Records), Glasgow's electronic pioneers were thinking purely about the dancefloor.
It is generally agreed that Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle (aka Slam) -- who will on June 11 release their long-awaited second album, "Alien Radio" -- formally introduced Scotland to acid house. They first got together as DJs in 1988, eventually establishing themselves with residencies at the Sub Club and the Arches in Glasgow, which would become legendary in the annals of dance music.
They have put out 100 records on their infamous Soma imprint since their debut single, "Eterna," some 10 years ago. Expertly straddling the gap between techno and acid house with raw energy, they have picked up respect from their peers around the globe, including Daft Punk (whom they discovered) and Detroit players Kenny Larkin and Richie Hawtin.
"Alien Radio," released on Soma, follows "Headstates," their debut album from 1996 and features Slam's "Narco Tourist" remix from James Lavelle UNKLE collaboration, plus Slam's classic dancefloor anthem, "Positive Education" (originally released in 1993). New track "Lifetimes," which features Chicago vocalist Tyrone Palmer (who has previously worked with Felix Da Housecat) is already receiving huge support from U.K. DJs, including Tong.
Todd Edwards in U.K.
New Jersey-based i! Records producer Todd Edwards is set to release an album on French label Distance Records in June. Edwards has inspired a great many producers in the U.K. garage genre since the release of his "Saved My Life" single, licensed to U.K. label ffrr in 1995. In fact, his characteristic cut-and-paste vocal chopping production techniques have lead many to regard him as the godfather of the U.K. garage sound.
Edwards, who also co-produced the "Face to Face" track on Daft Punk's "Discovery" album, will make his second-ever visit to the U.K this summer, where his reputation is legendary, to promote the release which contains four previously unreleased tracks.