RÓISÍN MURPHY

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The Mi Senti EP was cool, yes, but I am unbelievably hyped for a new LP.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:05 (six years ago) link

*punches air*

Ottbot jr (NickB), Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:18 (six years ago) link

2015 is sure making up for 2014 isn't it

katherine, Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:04 (six years ago) link

So excited for this. Can't believe Overpowered is almost eight years old!

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:16 (six years ago) link

Was hoping she'd sneak into the Top 77 tracks but it looks extremely unlikely now.

Excited for the album though

groovypanda, Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:19 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

New track out and album announced:

http://pitchfork.com/news/58494-roisin-murphy-announces-hairless-toys-lp-shares-gone-fishing/

― daavid, Monday, February 16, 2015 4:10 PM (1 hour ago)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 16 February 2015 22:54 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/ym6Fsxp.jpg

01 Gone Fishing
02 Evil Eyes
03 Exploitation
04 Uninvited Guest
05 Exile
06 House of Glass
07 Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)
08 Unputdownable

Eight songs seems like not a lot after such a long wait, but maybe (I hope?) they're eight REALLY GOOD songs. "Gone Fishing" portends good things imo.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 16 February 2015 23:00 (six years ago) link

It's getting better with every listen. It may be my favorite song of the year so far.

daavid, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:41 (six years ago) link

It really is so good.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:42 (six years ago) link

I especially love the pitch-shifting 'strings'

daavid, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:43 (six years ago) link

Just listened to it three times in a row, agree with daavid it's probably the best thing I've heard so far this year.

ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:42 (six years ago) link

the songs are long - "Exploitation" cracks nine minutes acc to itunes

Anyway this song is great!

Simon H., Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:55 (six years ago) link

Going Fishing travels so many places in six minutes. I typically have "long-song ADD" but I sort of trust her to not let me down in this regard.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:03 (six years ago) link

I like that it works out she's spent one year per song on this new album. Judging by Gone Fishing this album is going to be worth the wait.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:52 (six years ago) link

http://www.factmag.com/2015/02/23/roisin-murphy-release-jealousy-12-crosstown-rebels/

"Ahead of Hairless Toys, her first solo album in eight years, Róisín Murphy has recorded a club-focused 12″ for Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels label."

There's not really much to the "house mix," a youtube of which is embedded at that link, but I'm quite interested in hearing the "disco mix".

Johnny Fever, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:52 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

somehow only just heard "jealousy" - it's amazing, both mixes, actually much more so than "gone fishing" which underwhelmed a bit in the end

lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:16 (six years ago) link

And here's Exploitation... http://pitchfork.com/news/58951-roisin-murphy-shares-exploitation/

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:22 (six years ago) link

Don't know if it's amazing or insane. Or both.

daavid, Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:45 (six years ago) link

Murphy occupies a unique position, the gay diva with a library, reclining before floor-to-ceiling shelves in interviews. Shes a nutter but she's our nutter.

You and your damn elves, I'm sick of it! (Sanpaku), Friday, 27 March 2015 01:22 (six years ago) link

I've probably said that about the Unabomber on other forums.

I'm a softer being.

You and your damn elves, I'm sick of it! (Sanpaku), Friday, 27 March 2015 01:25 (six years ago) link

(comma, after momentary sobriety), now.

You and your damn elves, I'm sick of it! (Sanpaku), Friday, 27 March 2015 01:28 (six years ago) link

I want to like the disco mix of "Jealousy" but hearing the sampled guitar from Ahzz's "New York's Moving" without the synths is killing me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud2epRXRFmU

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 28 March 2015 01:57 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The album is out there now. It's really beautiful.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:55 (six years ago) link

oooh yes!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:57 (six years ago) link

I'm still absorbing it but there are definitely a bunch of OMFG moments

bae sremmurd (monotony), Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:32 (six years ago) link

Video for "Exploitation"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjSwFsPCeJ4#t=143

daavid, Monday, 13 April 2015 15:50 (six years ago) link

that video makes me want a boiled egg

cerealbar, Monday, 13 April 2015 15:56 (six years ago) link

album version is too long though (maybe)

cerealbar, Monday, 13 April 2015 15:58 (six years ago) link

this bangs and is weird

i.e. in character

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 April 2015 23:52 (six years ago) link

I can't unsee Dolores O'Riordan.

StanM, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 01:52 (six years ago) link

i really don't know what i think of the album yet but it feels like she's tiptoeing around the concept somewhat. which she should, to be fair, because it's a minefield, but it ends up so careful. some very impressive moments w/r/t structure, arrangements etc but she never goes for it at any point? when "jealousy" comes on afterwards it feels a billion times more alive.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:57 (six years ago) link

think the restraint contributes to the anxiety and tension kinda running unbrokenly through the whole record

"jealousy" is great obv but a different thing

re: the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLoyu9PcmBc

bae sremmurd (monotony), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 13:32 (six years ago) link

think the restraint contributes to the anxiety and tension kinda running unbrokenly through the whole record

i think it comes at the expense of any real emotional pull tbh. it's a very tasteful and accomplished concept album but it feels like RM knew that the entire thing had to be handled with care - straight white woman makes album explicitly and entirely about gay black men's experiences, how could it possibly go wrong - and it ended up a touch too sensitive, maybe. idk, i'm still getting to grips with it but i'm not exactly drawn to put it on much, and when i do i find myself appreciating it on a head level way more than on a heart level.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:10 (six years ago) link

haven't yet seen an interview with her, would have pitched but it's not as if i know a huge amount about the paris is burning era either, lol

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:11 (six years ago) link

I was about to ask: where are you getting the info about the album? I'd love to read it.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:20 (six years ago) link

the initial press bumpf i presume, not any in-depth feature

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:23 (six years ago) link

yeah the press release she wrote:

This song was written after I watched the documentary film Paris Is Burning, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film. 'I had to run this far from home' - it's about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag 'Ball' scene of New York in the ‘80s. 'Will we live on? The children of La Beija' refers to the 'house' of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren's song on the same subject 'Deep In Vogue'. The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:23 (six years ago) link

straight white woman makes album explicitly and entirely about gay black men's experiences

afaict this only applies to "gone fishing"

i haven't studied the lyrics or anything but she seems to return to those themes pretty consistently throughout

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:31 (six years ago) link

hm well neither have i tbh

also it feels very weird at a time when the ballroom scene seems so healthy for RM to reference it so explicitly as an influence but not go anywhere near it sonically

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:39 (six years ago) link

Murphy's seems to have been adopted by the transgenderqueer (etc., I don't keep up) community for a while.

Dreyfuss levels of hopeless romantic (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:56 (six years ago) link

's (Video is one of several unofficial fan videos for "Simulation" featuring trangender peeps - parts might be unsafe for some workplaces)

Dreyfuss levels of hopeless romantic (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:59 (six years ago) link

i feel like the new record is kind of a sister (or cousin) to last year's mr twin sister album

j. winters (josh), Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:04 (six years ago) link

Hmm, hadn't thought about that, but makes sense on the surface.

I'm definitely a fan of the straightforwardness of Overpowered. This one takes more dedication to love, like Ruby Blue did imo.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 20 April 2015 04:05 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

been listening to this a lot lately and came across a track-by-track where she basically confirms that only "gone fishing" is about balling, the rest is about her strange interior life. was surprised to find out "exploitation" is literally about sex but in retrospect it's obvious

anyway this is still one of my favorite records of the year, though it makes more sense as a follow up to ruby blue than overpowered. "unputdownable" prob one of my favorite love songs of all time at this point

new shit coming too:

“I wrote a really great track last week… it’s got fucking oboes on it,” she joyfully exclaims from her Ibiza bolthole, where she’s currently riding out a portion of the pandemic wave. “I said I wouldn’t do disco again, but I couldn’t turn it down. It’s just an amazing arrangement.”

...

“It’s gonna blow your mind,” she purrs. “It’s a whole other world. It’s fuckin’ tops down, LA… bouncing up and down on the cars. Hold tight!”

As well as this top-secret new piece, she’s also been working with production maestro, DJ Koze, on music that’s steadily approaching completion. “The people who’ve heard it are really interested in it, so I think it’s gonna be a bit of a smasher.”

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:37 (six months ago) link

I just want Ruby Blue reissued. Fleece your fans! Release it in 17 different colors. You can't make money on it when it's not for sale.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:40 (six months ago) link

can I hear the track with the fucking oboes now

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:42 (six months ago) link

very much looking forward to the album (?) with dj koze that's on its way

ufo, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 03:35 (six months ago) link

she joyfully exclaims from her Ibiza bolthole

I did not see that word as bolthole on the first pass lol.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 03:40 (six months ago) link

She did two tracks on the last Koze album, I assume she's just doing a couple of things again

I just want Ruby Blue reissued. Fleece your fans! Release it in 17 different colors. You can't make money on it when it's not for sale.

It's still "in print" digitally via Echo, who otherwise seem to only release physical material for Record Store Day, with BMGCAT instead of ECH cat #s, and then only of things that were on Warner, not Echo or any of their previous owners. Seems unlikely she'd have any sway in getting them to even press up 400 copies on "splatter vinyl" for RSD 2022.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 04:09 (six months ago) link

i had to check but last year she mentioned that the dj koze material is her next album that he's producing all of, very exciting

ufo, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 06:15 (six months ago) link

Yeah, interview here:

https://www.thefader.com/2020/11/06/roisin-murphy-roisin-machine-interview-dj-koze-2020

groovypanda, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 06:19 (six months ago) link

ooh, that sounds great

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 06:28 (six months ago) link

yo i'm sure everyone is familiar with "the rumble" but just in case...

raw as hell fulton production over which ms. murphy delivers a deep-diver's manifesto / epic poem about love.

the video is just like peak "this is why i can't wait to go clubbing again"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O5EJJNw9zY

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:55 (six months ago) link

I had no idea about the koze project. That has the potential to be album of the decade.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:59 (six months ago) link

she's so wild about Koze in that interview that I hope Parrot doesn't read it, he'll feel like shit.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:12 (six months ago) link

i loved the read on her ex-husband, pretty epic to say "i had to make my own music video because he told me i shouldn't, and by the way, here's his full name."

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 18:05 (six months ago) link

I hope Parrot doesn't read it, he'll feel like shit.

ha yes, that did read very New Relationship Energy. though she did release three-and-a-half hours of music by Parrot in the last year; I assume he's well aware that she she values him and his work.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 21:49 (six months ago) link

yeah it doesn't read negative towards parrot or anything, just that working with koze more is really exciting her because his approach is so different to what she did last with parrot. there are plenty of interviews where she's filled with praise for parrot and sounds just as excited about working with him

ufo, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:43 (six months ago) link

Tell me something less.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:48 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xdm1E3n9Fc

Hello, is that Great Britain talking?

It is, is that Germany? Come in, Germany. Over.

I was going to post " I don't know why this is so funny" but I know exactly why it is. It's funny because it's the stupid way you talk to people you know so well that you don't have to explain how stupid you're being, straight off the bat. And that seems like an excellent way to start a creative collaboration.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:57 (six months ago) link

It could be a terrible one too, don't get me wrong.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:59 (six months ago) link

Surprise! Er....
(one for the ‘please can you fix, Glenn’ inbox on the Spotify thread)

https://open.spotify.com/album/0gix4jlOlBnii1ciLEF6yA?si=lyldbqGuSBOCXxNrZ9pnYQ

Jeff W, Thursday, 6 May 2021 23:51 (six months ago) link

!!!

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Thursday, 6 May 2021 23:57 (six months ago) link

W H A T

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Thursday, 6 May 2021 23:57 (six months ago) link

that's actually the new squid album fyi

ufo, Friday, 7 May 2021 00:02 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

jealousy
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JEA-LOU-SY
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JEA-LOU-SY
JEALOUSY
JEALOUSY
JEALOUSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 May 2021 19:29 (six months ago) link

um i think it's her right now on this feed

https://watch.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/livestream-1/backup/livestream1.html

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Saturday, 22 May 2021 23:53 (six months ago) link

yeah the schedule has her listed as performing with honey dijon

ufo, Sunday, 23 May 2021 00:00 (six months ago) link

Available to listen to for the next 4 weeks (in the UK anyway):

https://t.co/5w6ESkGskK
Thank you @nemonemetaxas for the wonderful interview. My Journey in Sound is available now. Love how It ends where it all started, And Turquoise Car Crash The #forever 👍❣️ pic.twitter.com/ie34vUi7hp

— Róisín Murphy (@roisinmurphy) May 24, 2021

groovypanda, Monday, 24 May 2021 14:41 (six months ago) link

club mixes of Shellfish Mademoiselle and and Kingdom Of Ends out now

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 30 May 2021 03:47 (five months ago) link

That Journey Into Sound interview is really well produced: the right amount of each song picked to give the flavour of the work and time, never overpowering the carefully-edited conversation. thanks for the link!

little lol at

After an eight-year hiatus (which nonetheless included several singles, vocal features, and side projects)

ie a full second-LPs-worth of B-sides from the album sessions, touring the world, ninety minutes of new singles, half an hour of guest collabs, and an entire Ramones-length LP/double-EP they just ignored. this is a pretty decent output for a working musician at all, let alone during a "hiatus" consisting of a private equity group taking over their 80-year-old label, gutting the staff and largely dissolving the business within months of their album release! (then losing two billion in two years and selling the remnants to an investment bank) (who then broke up everything left into parts and sold it to various alcohol marketers and electronics manufacturers and telcos)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 31 May 2021 12:11 (five months ago) link

i'm not sure what you mean, she really didn't put out that much between overpowered and hairless toys, only a few one-off singles, collaborations, and her italian covers EP?

ufo, Monday, 31 May 2021 12:22 (five months ago) link

that's about three hours of material (during a time when she apparently legally couldn't record an album)! plus international touring until EMI's new owners realised someone was signing off on tour support, fashion industry stuff, and the 2010 DJ/singing touring. it's a pretty industrious hiatus.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 31 May 2021 12:48 (five months ago) link

(plus it's six and a half years between the last EMI single and the first Hairless Toys one, not eight. she kept grafting imo)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 31 May 2021 13:01 (five months ago) link

Just came across this too:

Three years after making Overpowered, Murphy had a daughter, then three years later, a son. “People were all: ‘Pregnancy, this, pregnancy that.’ Then I had the babby. ‘Well, Jesus Christ, nobody told me about this bit!’” She made more money DJing in early motherhood than she did with Overpowered, which suited her then. “But it didn’t suit for too long. I had to get creative again.”

in a Fulton-era interview w/ Jude Rogers

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 04:43 (five months ago) link

i didn't think it amounted to that much material, not three hours anyway, was it mostly all the features etc. she did?

it's not like she disappeared or anything but it was certainly a relative lull in her career, especially compared to how prolific she's been since 2015

ufo, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 05:47 (five months ago) link

(40 minutes of Overpowered bonus tracks and b-sides, Mi Senti is half an hour, 9 headlining collabo and 4 solo singles (many longish - Simulation is 12 minutes!), and a fistful of non-single guest spots and odd tracks. Plus a live EP, but I was only counting "new" songs.)

It's definitely a less prominent period, but I was just eyebrowing at the BBC blurber calling it a "hiatus" when she was quite busy for a middle-aged pop singer at all, let alone one apparently urgently trying every option to release music while her record label was repeatedly collapsing on her, under different management, every ten months. Demon Lover (and all its remixes?) only came out on Myspace! Remember when Myspace was somewhere people put new music?!

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 07:38 (five months ago) link

Here's a rip of the Glastonbury performance, PA-ing two Parrot jams:

https://vimeo.com/531964255

and a new non-Crooked, non-Koze track on sale for a semi-charity album

Plus another radio show that talks through songs of her life.


club mixes of Shellfish Mademoiselle and and Kingdom Of Ends out now

If she puts off the Koze album and keeps working the Machines until clubs and touring exist again, we could end up with singles of every song on it - We Got Together and Game Changer are the only two left still to get non-album remixes.

Meanwhile Parrot snuck out a 12" with the original 2017 version of Narcissus and a new? 11-minute mix of Jealousy a month ago.

(Here she is in 2009 talking about trying new ways to release music after leaving EMI, and teasing Demon Lover -- which she was still promising last year to drop after Roisin Machine, as well as a "reggae project"... which in this interview about songwriting she reveals is a collab with Mad Professor. It took nearly nine years to get the Parrot album, she could still whip up an all-pop record with the other post-Overpowered orphans if only she were physically able to stop making other whole LPs with single producers.)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 19:15 (five months ago) link

sic, that Vimeo link directs you to an animated short film

winters (josh), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 19:22 (five months ago) link

ha, it must have redirected after I watched the clip. fuck all autoplay forever!

https://vimeo.com/553928757

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 20:03 (five months ago) link

Mi Senti is soooo good, just hope it will get a repress as prices are crazy

willem, Friday, 11 June 2021 03:32 (five months ago) link

Listening party for Crooked Machine tonight. Starts in 90 minutes

Crack out the Prosecco, turn up the system @LlSTENlNG_PARTY HERE!!! Press play at 8pm and I’ll be here with Alfie Nokes and his stories from the north! #CrookedMachine forever 🙌 pic.twitter.com/EmwYP4GzsO

— Róisín Murphy (@roisinmurphy) June 13, 2021

groovypanda, Sunday, 13 June 2021 17:31 (five months ago) link

Ta for the tip - she threaded her tweets out of order, this is me trying to tidy it up... Parrot in quotes.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 13 June 2021 23:05 (five months ago) link

Here’s me trying to actually become Crooked Machine.

https://i.imgur.com/jMZUmNL.jpg

I’ve known Parrot for nigh on 30 years, I’ve been close to him throughout my musical adventure.He’s always been there for me, he is a very, very special soul. I play him everything I do,to get his feedback and it’s always priceless. He is a hugely consistent artist and individual.

It’s really not enough to call it a remix album. Crooked Machine could stand on its own, it’s it’s own universe. The two records are in parallel dimensions. equal and opposite! 🚀

I wanted the artwork to be simple,this record is not about the popstar’ image, it’s a producer record. It’s about the music contained within. Braulio Amado had fun cutting me up into collage just as Parrot did with my voice.

https://i.imgur.com/n4Bp7ob.jpg

RIGHT GET READY FOR SOME BOTTOM END!!

https://i.imgur.com/D05kxtV.jpg

--

1.KINGDOM OF MACHINES

R: They’ve taken the original to a very pure place, accentuated the cold, JG Ballardness of the original! The first track of the record lays it out, this isn’t necessarily going about pure dance music, it’s going to be about mood, big-time!! Oh it makes my heart sing! 🎼 💕

https://i.imgur.com/6EysAzo.jpg

I wanted the record to start with some of the Celtic-Soul/ Large Mammal In Pain wailing from Game Changer. Didn't think the whole song was the right opening. So with a very slight nod in the direction of Padlock, Roisin wails and then is edited into a different track. Also I thought it might be nice to sample a bit of an old Crooked Man release called 'This Machine'. That's where the high male vocal comes from. (I'll sue myself for copyright infringement later).

Me and Roisin rarely talk about the meaning of specific lyrics or instrumentation. A bit like a pair of leaky old dogs, we each scratch at what the other one has done, and then maybe add a little deposit of our own… although we never discussed it, I've always presumed that 'Kingdom of Ends' is about finding yourself stuck on a wheel of physical and spiritual unresolve.

There's a climb of fresh excitement. You feel as if fulfilment can finally be reached...the itch just keeps on itching.

All of that may be a complete misreading of what the song is about, but it's certainly what me and Fat Dave tried to put into the music. It goes up, it goes down but ultimately never resolves.

It felt pretty obvious that for the remix LP some kind of landing should arrive, solid ground could be reached. So that's what 'Kingdom of Machines' is about, imposing a little stability.

But ultimately, right at the end when you think it might be over, the wheel just keeps on turning...

Into...

2.ECHO RETURNS

Down to the molecule! Some serious Celtic minimalism on the go here lads! We’re also in Doctor Who territory, inside the machine, backwards and forwards in time! Deep Disco mysticism, machine mythology.

The love story of Echo and Narcissus is such a cracking tale, and luckily well enough known for me to go off at an arty-farty angle without feeling in danger of misrepresenting what Roisin was singing about.

The picture I had in my head when making Echo Returns was of Narcissus dead, floating face down in the languid pool whilst what remains of Echo hovers above, powerless, fragments of her flickering across the water and bouncing between the wet river rocks.

Which is quite pretentious... So as an antidote to the pseudery...

3.CAPABLE RHYTHM

Is just an old version of Incapable with some rhythm guitar busked over the top. Spotlight on Fat Dave!

I’d love to be back in the cellar in Sheffield and hear this get dropped. When I was living in Sheffield years ago, it was always other people who made records that really worked at those underground parties, but this would slap everyone’s arse!
Perfect version, encapsulates it all, so Sheffield.. Its a glamor-stomper! The guitar on this is a special thing of beauty.

https://i.imgur.com/0Or6pJ0.jpg

4. ASSIMILATION

This song was the first one written for this entire project and it was so long ago, with this remix it all comes flooding back, the spirit of everything.

https://i.imgur.com/aEVCtQj.jpg

Parrot sure can do a build and release, he must be good in bed! 😜

These piano chords, I feel them so hard, it’s so of my moment right now. I have a feeling that whenever I hear this song in the future, I will be back in this peculiar moment, this era of our lives.

I’m in my happy place.

I was shitting myself doing 'Simulation' cos I always quite liked the original, and unusually for me had never felt the urge to experiment with other versions... But it turned out ok, probably the best thing on the record. It's got more of a traditional "song" arrangement than the main version, which is quite unusual in the world of modern remixes.

5. CROOKED MADAME

Ironically, this is rhythmically straighter and less crooked than 'Shellfish Mademoiselle'. Which was totally intentional. It was an opportune moment for a moment of slightly wonky disco dancing. To help me get the feel, I pictured Murphy doing her old broken robot moves.

https://i.imgur.com/dfxQiUA.jpg

Sublime groove, this is a Parrot classic, it just bounces along, total equilibrium in this song. It’s simple, deceptively.

There’s something about Parrot's claps, they’re so fully real and rounded, I recon it’s the claps that keep this whole project together. The rather mechanical structure of the music is humanised!

It has that kind of minimalism, that kind of regimentation that makes you bore down into the very core of yourself, into the very meaning of existence.

There were 75,000 lyrics in the original track or thereabouts, and before it had a title everyone always called it “the Mademoiselle track.” Even though I only say that word once.

6. LESS IS MORE

Another hands in the air moment!! We are in a field at 9am, been dancing all night and we could dance forever!

#LessIsMore Well the title could be engraved on Parrots gravestone!

oh the drama here!
This is a really good version, one of my favourite tracks on the record. Love it, it’s deep and dark as fuck but still camp as hell!

https://i.imgur.com/ICjphBD.jpg

There was a previously released mix of 'Something More' that we did very quickly, almost as an afterthought. The track was sped up 5bpm and only part of the bass line used. This resulted in the song taking on a darker, deeper vibe …but unfortunately we ran out of time before we could massage the chorus into its new bedding. That'd always niggled me, because there's nothing I like better than a sweet melody riding on a dark undercarriage.

The full remix LP felt like an opportune moment to nag Fat Dave into getting the chorus to work on the truncated b line. Which he did by using musicianly words like "transposition" and "modulation" and other magical musical twattery that I'm too stupid to understand.

7. NAME CHANGER

#NameChanger which Parrot did across this album, changing the titles' names to titillate and amuse himself

https://i.imgur.com/7dbfRxQ.jpg

What a concoction this groove is. Funky and menacing at the same time, a totally unique sound.

The oldest song on Roisin Machine was 'Murphy's Law', which had originally been written for the Overpowered album but didn't make it past the A&R man. For it's eventual release, Murf freshened the vocals up with a couple of extra parts, and 'Game Changer' was a song that evolved out of one of said parts.

For a no doubt very important reason that I can't remember, somewhere along the way, the tune acquired a bit of a soul shuffle, and I liked the idea of picking the remix up with a loping 4/4 kick drum. Slightly Steppers.

Which steps into...

8. WE ARE THE LAW

Come on then!!! Let’s have ya!!

https://i.imgur.com/nwiqgAK.jpg

This one sounds quite 80s doesn't it?

These days I tend to avoid doing remixes that don't use many vocals from the original songs. For DJs I accept that tunes with just a few rhythmic shards of vocal are easier to sequence... But in dance music that style can be so prevalent that sometimes it's a struggle to find the real primal beating heart of a tune. Everything becomes a single carpet of noise. Or very loud wallpaper.

Anyroad, despite my foibles, I thought it might be fun to forget about the songs for once and just have a bit of this and a bit of that over a bit of something else. Like a megamix or summat.

Great running track this! It has propulsion.
Synths are magic on this track.

9. HARDCORE JEALOUSY

Oh God this is bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad! (In a good way, obvs) ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Complex remix to have achieved, It’s an incredible feat! Imagine when I got to the end of this record on first listen, everything was already in its right place, I got to the end, to this track and “Jesus fucking Christ”, I said to myself, “he’s out done himself!”

'Jealousy' is a tune that always contained a lot of kinetic energy. The original rhythm track was giddy disco fluff, which Murf responded to with a lyric about frantic, unstoppable ever building emotion. Like a rush of sugar to the head, the finished article was simple but pleasingly effective.

So we were aghast when record labels interested in releasing it as a single wanted to slow the tempo down. Because apparently "people can't dance to anything faster than 130bpm". Jesus... That's a good proportion of dance music history disappearing down the K-hole innit?
Parrot: 'Hardcore Jealousy' is a response to that. No, we're not going to slow it down.

We're going to make it punch you in the face.

Then run off laughing. 🤪😜

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Basically, this record is right up my street, which is handy. But really, I love it. It’s timeless not just something that’s trying to reach for the Zeitgeist or for a few extra sales.

No, it’s a warmer experience than that, warmer than most music around at the moment. And it came from the place of soulful authenticity. #crookedmachine forever 🔥

Thank you everybody who came to this very groovy party! KEEP STEPPING!! until the next time 🔥🔥🔥🔥

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 13 June 2021 23:08 (five months ago) link

omfg I need this now

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 14 June 2021 22:53 (five months ago) link

oh wow, that'll be really something if it does eventually happen

ufo, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 02:55 (five months ago) link

Reflex Revisions of 'Incapable' and 'Narcissus' on their way, vinyl due 2nd July on Skint Records, digital/streaming to follow. Preview snippets at https://www.juno.co.uk/products/roisin-murphy-incapable/834900-01/

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:57 (five months ago) link

The Reflex put up a really nice post on their socials about getting to do this which I thought was so sweet.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:54 (five months ago) link

Is that public somewhere?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:41 (five months ago) link

Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/thereflexmusic/posts/347551276734091

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:17 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

just seeing the reflex revisions WOW

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 30 August 2021 17:48 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I sequenced an imaginary album out of all the "outside" remixes from this album and conducted heavy scientific analysis and: you won't believe it, but

turns out the Cosmodelica remix of Murphy's Law and the Soulwax remix of Something More are completely incredible?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 24 September 2021 08:53 (two months ago) link


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