I think the tune Nag Nag Nag is ok...
― Frank Booth (Frank Booth), Friday, 27 June 2003 05:39 (sixteen years ago) link
― daria g (daria g), Friday, 27 June 2003 05:47 (sixteen years ago) link
― electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 27 June 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link
― Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 27 June 2003 05:56 (sixteen years ago) link
has anyone heard the Sandoz stuff? i listened briefly to the latest one (on SoulJazz) in the rekkid store and thought it was pretty hip (real dubbed out stuff). is it worth searching down?
― JasonD (JasonD), Friday, 27 June 2003 06:28 (sixteen years ago) link
the steven mallinder solo record is quite sparse and nice. i don't much like his stuff now (he lives in perth!)
ugh, more soon, i have to dress my kid...
― gaz (gaz), Friday, 27 June 2003 08:07 (sixteen years ago) link
covenant sword and the arm of the lord, the singles on rough trade, the bbc radio sessions, crackdown, micro-phonies, yashar (tho not the new mixes), sensoria, crepescule tracks, actually, there's loads of good uns
― frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Friday, 27 June 2003 08:14 (sixteen years ago) link
― gaz (gaz), Friday, 27 June 2003 08:50 (sixteen years ago) link
― Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 27 June 2003 08:54 (sixteen years ago) link
One of Richard H. Kirk's projects with DJ Parrot, under the name 'Sweet Exorcist', is quite special. A merging of two very unusual talents. Look hard for an ep called 'Clonk's Coming' on Warp.
― colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Friday, 27 June 2003 10:54 (sixteen years ago) link
I liked Hypnotised off Groovy Laidback and Nasty when it came out. I remember A Guy Called Gerald did a remix of it.
― MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 27 June 2003 11:13 (sixteen years ago) link
― gaz (gaz), Friday, 27 June 2003 11:19 (sixteen years ago) link
Going from Sheffield to Perth is kind of an extreme life change I would think.
― colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Friday, 27 June 2003 12:51 (sixteen years ago) link
Recordings not on Rough Trade or Some Bizzare, I don't care for. I can't dance, not in time with the music, anyway.
― Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Friday, 27 June 2003 13:24 (sixteen years ago) link
and colin: he was once a kind of hero of mine so i don't want to say to much about mallinder i'm just not excited by the records.
― gaz (gaz), Friday, 27 June 2003 13:33 (sixteen years ago) link
― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 27 June 2003 13:41 (sixteen years ago) link
― Fabrice (Fabfunk), Friday, 27 June 2003 13:43 (sixteen years ago) link
― gaz (gaz), Friday, 27 June 2003 13:48 (sixteen years ago) link
(NB this was a band whom I worshipped in high school, so the standard exceptions apply, etc)
― J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Friday, 27 June 2003 14:34 (sixteen years ago) link
― mark s (mark s), Friday, 27 June 2003 14:36 (sixteen years ago) link
― Mike Taylor (mjt), Saturday, 28 June 2003 00:57 (sixteen years ago) link
― ... And suddenly Ian Riese-Moraine is a naked man saying, 'Volvo! Volvo!' (Easte, Sunday, 15 May 2005 21:27 (fourteen years ago) link
I'm still on a CV trip. Got around to listening to the 3rd CD of the "Conform To Deform" 3-CD set, this one being an Edinburgh gig from 1990 and I was really impressed. Most live gigs are either a bit too rough or a bit too rote and controlled, I think, but they pulled it off with grace. And it's interesting how tuneful the vocals suddenly got on their material then.
― The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 12:40 (fourteen years ago) link
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 14:58 (fourteen years ago) link
― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 17:05 (fourteen years ago) link
― ... And suddenly Ian Riese-Moraine is a naked man saying, 'Volvo! Volvo!' (Easte, Wednesday, 18 May 2005 19:46 (fourteen years ago) link
"Seconds Too Late"
"Don't Argue" (Sherwood mix)
And a lot of Hai!.
― donut debonair (donut), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 19:51 (fourteen years ago) link
I thought you knew your Cabaret Voltaire!
Is that the version of Don't Argue with the women singing "no no no no no, better watch yourself boy?" If so, put that on my list.
Breathe DeepYashar (John Robie Re-production)InvocationDiskonoA Thousand WaysRed MaskMotion RotationAnimationTalk OverThe Set UpSilent CommandNag Nag NagJazz The GlassKNEEL TO THE BOSS!!!!SensoriaTrust in the Lord
and I really love Richard H. Kirk's Virtual State, which doesn't get enough love.
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 20:11 (fourteen years ago) link
Uh, Ian was right. It's Eastern Mantra, not Easter. Looks like you and I both should brush up on our Cabs, Dan! :)
As for faves, I'd probably pick Code, Sex Money Freaks, Just Fascination, and Shakedown. But there are so damn many others, too!
― The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 21:31 (fourteen years ago) link
the second time.
the first time was what we call a "typo".
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 21:46 (fourteen years ago) link
The Living Legends is just a shit-hot compilation all around, even if I've heard half of it before. Much better collection of songs than that Original Sound of Sheffield 78-82 thing.
"Jazz The Glass" is about twice as good as I thought they were even capable of.
"A Thousand Ways" is also very good.
― The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:52 (fourteen years ago) link
― The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Sunday, 26 June 2005 04:10 (fourteen years ago) link
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 26 June 2005 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link
― Ian Riese-Moraine eats nation-states for breakfast! (Eastern Mantra), Sunday, 26 June 2005 17:42 (fourteen years ago) link
Anyone tried any Kirk stuff? Did he have solo stuff out then? I'm becoming such a fiend I'm even thinking of getting the silly Methodology mid-70's stuff, which I know I won't like most of, but that song "The Single" is so hilarious. I don't know how they even managed to record that without falling into fits of laughter in the process!
― The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Sunday, 26 June 2005 19:29 (fourteen years ago) link
His first release was Disposable Half Truths in 1980, was that on Industrial? Did Industrial still exist, I think he had something on Industrial. I've never heard this.
Then in 83 he put out Time High Fiction, which has similar art processing to the Crackdown but it more raw and experimental if I remember. It's supposed to come with a second record featuring 2 20 minutes songs but my copy had 2 copies of the LP! This is prob. the same time the Crackdown came out with the bonus ep(which, if you're unfortunate enough to have only found the single vinyl Crackdown, you need to get, because it is AWESOME.)
In 1986 he put out two records, one I have on vinyl, the other I downloaded. Ugly Spirit is raw, low-fi, industrial, perhaps closest to the Crepuscule period stuff. Black Jesus Voice however is a totally killer electro record. Great avant-hip-hop/breakdance stuff.
His next stuff would be the Sweet Exorcist records, which is listed on that site as a collaboration. I forget with home. Pretty essential early UK Bleep techno.
1993 I was a freshman in college and he started going crazy. First with 2 great techno CDs. I don't know which one was first. Sandoz was initially his "ethno-techno" project, songs built around african samples and such, and I remember loving the Digital Lifeforms CD, though I lost it ages ago. It's been reissued w/ bonus stuff. Then his first release as Kirk since 86 was his entry into the Warp Artificial Intelligence series, Virtual State. It fits in nicely with the surrounding records of the series, Aphex Twin as Polygon Window, Black Dog Productions, B12 etc. It's an exceptionally warm and beautiful techno record, when the idea of techno as music not made for dancing was an exciting idea. One of my favorite records of the period.
Around that time, he was using the Cabaret Voltaire name for mostly really long sample based ambient stuff that I never got that into. Then he started releasing stuff under a million names and I lost track. Recently he got more into some hard digital dub kinds of stuff, some of which sounded way cool. Nick Gutterbreakz writes about him a lot:
check the archives.
I have the 3CD cabs disk, but not the solo Kirk one, Earlier/Later.
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 26 June 2005 21:23 (fourteen years ago) link
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 26 June 2005 21:27 (fourteen years ago) link
And I was truly transported into an alternate reality. BEYOND anything Cabaret Voltaire have ever done. Beyond anything Cabaret Voltaire-related, even. I felt like I had been drafted into the movie "2001" and time was moving backwards at a very fast rate. This was NOT Kansas anymore, ladies and gentlemen.
I love that sped-up sample of the woman's voice, too where she keeps saying, in chipmunk fashion "no fucking chance at all...no fucking chance at all..." That is hilarious.
― The Spiderwebbed Wilderness (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 August 2005 07:18 (fourteen years ago) link
― The Spiderwebbed Wilderness (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 August 2005 07:25 (fourteen years ago) link
where are they hiding?
― Duke Dubuque (Duke Dubuque), Saturday, 21 January 2006 16:54 (thirteen years ago) link
― nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Saturday, 21 January 2006 19:52 (thirteen years ago) link
― Bimble drinks silver coffee when you're fast asleep (Bimble...), Sunday, 22 January 2006 06:53 (thirteen years ago) link
― Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 22 January 2006 15:24 (thirteen years ago) link
Love to know the origin of this sample - always puzzled me, as there aren't 70 billion people anywhere.
― soukesian, Sunday, 22 January 2006 17:57 (thirteen years ago) link
Oh, sorry, they're ants.
― Duke Dubuque (Duke Dubuque), Sunday, 22 January 2006 18:16 (thirteen years ago) link
― Bimble brings a lawn chair to antartica so he can sit and drink silver coff (Bim, Sunday, 22 January 2006 18:18 (thirteen years ago) link
almost makes me regret getting rid of 'groovy laid back and nasty'. almost.
― mark e (mark e), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 10:46 (thirteen years ago) link
― stirmonster (stirmonster), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 11:24 (thirteen years ago) link
― Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Dada), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 11:30 (thirteen years ago) link
xpost : it has been years since i was in the mood for their funk, but today its not going to be anything else but - i just know it...
― mark e (mark e), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link
billy ray martin covers the cabs : here
didn't expect this to work as well as it does.
― mark e, Thursday, 4 February 2010 13:13 (nine years ago) link
^ pretty good!
― Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Farting in Space (NickB), Tuesday, 23 March 2010 13:41 (nine years ago) link
Sorry, that's the Billie Ray Martin cover btw.
the roman polanski referencing video for the other version is also great :
― mark e, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 14:03 (nine years ago) link
Can anyone really cover Cabaret Voltaire successfully? I mean that Billy Ray Martin cover bears little relation to the original. Which in an of itself isn't a bad thing, of course, but are there any truly inspired Cabaret Voltaire covers?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:13 (nine years ago) link
3 glasses of red wine + headphones = ordered the virgin/emi era box set.
this band needs more love.
simple as that.
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 21:50 (seven years ago) link
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:00 (seven years ago) link
God damn it.
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6106/7029535761_e9443685ef.jpgWestern Works by StephenMal
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:01 (seven years ago) link
NAG NAG NAG
― I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:04 (seven years ago) link
well, just ordered the emi/virgin era boxset from vice friendly hipster based charity shop.
f*ckers better be on board with their 'nearly new description.
back on track : how massive is the 12" version of 'crackdown' ?
for years now, people have loved/sampled human league/mode et al for their 80s thing, but no-one seems to have picked up on the brilliance of this era
xpost : u know for years my all time jim'll fix it wish was to visit 'western works', whereas now, i suspect its just some laptop in RHKs kitchen.
which means that i guess its too late for RHK to get his payday, which is a real shame as this is easily my fave era of CV.
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:06 (seven years ago) link
Are the early lps getting a remaster at any point? Or have I missed that happening over the last couple of years. Love the music but wish I could hear it better.Think I kind of cut off somewhere around '83. But love the earlier 3 piece stuff. Not so fond of them when they went primarily dancey though I did enjoy some of the later solo stuff.
― Stevolende, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:07 (seven years ago) link
me and stevolende walk a different path.
as (s)he leaves, i enter the picture
i love all that early doors drum machine, synth + bass thing they had going on.
oh and re the early days material - as far as i know, mute have re-released it all on cd.
go a hunting ...
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:11 (seven years ago) link
I was in a band called Sensoria, that's how much credence we gave to it. Fkn love the Cabs.
― I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:12 (seven years ago) link
But dancing to NAG NAG NAG at another ILXor's wedding.. damn.
― I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:13 (seven years ago) link
the first 12" i truly went 'oh my f*ckin' god, what is that ... ' to.
never heard it prior to buying it
.. just read the nme review while walking around, at the same time i bumped into record store guy as i read the review who asked if i wanted anything, i pointed to the review and said 'get me that in asap'
the rest is history.
if ever one review changed a life forever, then this was it.
no more indie loving c86 styled shyte for me .. twas all funked up juddering machine noise.
the fact that very little has ever come close to that 12" version of 'sensoria' means little, as the quest continues ..
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:18 (seven years ago) link
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:19 (seven years ago) link
just to clarify : my crappy diatribe relates to the sensoria 12", not nag nag nag.
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:20 (seven years ago) link
man does anybody know where the dialogue sample in "Gut Level" comes from? Have wondered for years.
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:26 (seven years ago) link
Agreed. What a record. xpost
― I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:26 (seven years ago) link
ha, Sensoria for me & my friends was this HUGE embarrassment. We thought the Cabs were total genius, wrote that interlinking CV logo on desks & walls, and the guys at the record store weren't having it & then the new import single comes in and they condescend to playing it in the store for us. We got clowned. "Oh, yeah, you guys, this is fantastic, really deep shit." I like disco-era Cabs better now than I did then but to us at the time the rhythmic quasi-melodic non-ugly vocal style, the movement away from tight dubby atmospheres, was a betrayal of promise
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:29 (seven years ago) link
i'm assuming 'gut level' is pre-virgn era ?
in which case, you're going to have to go deep and ask the mailing list nerds ..
actually, i can do that for you ... was just trying to add some euro-styled drama to the proceedings ..
xpopst : sensoria = embarrassmet.
the mind is well and truly boggled. i have put headphones on, and blast that mofo. its shits all over the lo-fi shit that ilm underlines as the 'proper' CV era.
'ok, tis time for me to cut out as the 12" version of 'i want you' has hit the 'phones, and its quite clear this stuff rules my world and i no longer care about my kids.
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:41 (seven years ago) link
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:44 (seven years ago) link
I don't think it's ilm that does that, just saddo Cabs fans like me - there are maybe 4 of us. General consensus on pre-Some Bizaree Cabs is that it hasn't aged well, I think, and that seems true some days and less true on others. I'm listening to the Nottingham live '82 tape that circulates now though...it's just...so much better than the banging dance tracks they ended up making. Which are fine, and banging, and if they hadn't made them, somebody else would have, because they're just not that distinctive, at least not next to the weird electro-dub stuff they got going around Red Mecca.
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:46 (seven years ago) link
Wait - "Sensoria" was later. That seemed a little better. I'm thinking of the first single from the Some Bizarre era - Crackdown backed with This Fascination. There was a story in either NME or Melody Maker at the time that I read after that let's-listen in the record store, and the first line of it was "The Cabs fan was horrified." It was accurate in our small circle of 2.
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link
u see i think in the mid-80s and onwards, richard-n-mal had a cool groove going on with their machines that i genuinely think no-one else had.
i listen to the early days stuff and to be honest, it does nothing for me.
i drop the 12" of 'crackdown' era and all becomes clear
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:00 (seven years ago) link
1st single from virgin era = crackdown/fascination 12" in '83
and its rather good.
not sensoria 12" good, of course, but nothing is ....
― mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:04 (seven years ago) link
Wait... what Virgin/EMI box set?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:10 (seven years ago) link
Oh, do you mean "Conform To Deform"?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:29 (seven years ago) link
All three of the Virgin albums and Code are supposed to be remastered and reissued this year though, right? So that pricing on the Covenant CD is probably nothing much to worry about...?
― Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:41 (seven years ago) link
John Robie is the main man to blame/praise for CV going dance in '83, btw. Although, I'm sure he would think the dance era of CV would be crap too.
Code was my intro to Cabaret Voltaire, so the '84-'87 CV is distinctive to me. But nobody was doing the '74-'83 CV at all. It was the transitional "2 X 45" that's the best CV in retrospect.
― ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Sunday, 6 May 2012 07:19 (seven years ago) link
boxset = conform to deform
and yes, i've heard that they are to remaster the whole virgin set this year as well.
― mark e, Sunday, 6 May 2012 09:55 (seven years ago) link
But what of the Rough Trade material? Surely the truly classic stuff, the more other the better. Think the Mute cds are early 90s aren't they?
― Stevolende, Sunday, 6 May 2012 10:07 (seven years ago) link
I don't know whether I'm grooving hard to this because I'm pinin' for them days ov my youth or w/e, it's not like these are really the freshest beats in the whole world, in fact they sound quite dated to me but anyway if you love Stephen Mallinder you might get something out of this. BTW old dudes wtf with the clown costumes.
― Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:04 (seven years ago) link
I played a show last week with Mal's other band Wrangler..Much more musically in common with CV than Hey Rube..
They played Crackdown and Sensoria as well as this version of Nag Nag Nag.
We played a cover of Seconds Too Late..
― Talcum Mucker, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:33 (seven years ago) link
wow. that was ace.ta for the pointer.
― mark e, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link
So the details on the Virgin years boxset are finally available. Gotta say, I'm a bit disappointed that the video-only Gasoline In Your Eye tracks aren't included on the CD itself. Also missing is "Empty Walls", the b-side of "Just Fascination".
CD1. Micro-PhoniesDo RightThe OperativeDigital RastaSpies In The WiresTheme From EarthshakerJames BrownSlammerBlue HeatSensoria
2. Drinking GasolineKinoSleepwalkingBig FunkGhost Talk
3. The Crackdown + EP24-24In The ShadowsTalking TimeAnimationOver And OverJust FascinationWhy Kill Time (When You Can Kill Yourself)HaitiCrackdownDiskonoTheme From DoublevisionMoscowBadge Of Evil
4. The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The LordL21STI Want YouHells HomeKickbackThe Arm Of The LordWarmGolden HalosMotion RotationWhip BlowThe Web
5. Cabaret Voltaire 83-85 12" As and BsJust Fascination (12'' Version)Crackdown (12)The Dream Ticket (12'' Version)Sensoria (12'' Version)James Brown (12'' Version)I Want You (12'' Version)Safety Zone (12'' Version)Cut The Damn Camera (12'' Version)Bad Self Pt.1 (12'' Version)Drink Your Poison (12'' Version)COMA (12'' Version)
6. EarthshakerEarthshaker 5Earthshaker 1Theme From Earthshaker (Sheffield Mix)Digital Rasta (Dub Version)Earthshaker 3Whip Blow (Instrumental Dub)James Brown (Instrumental)Golden Halos (Instrumental Dub)Earthshaker 2Cut The Damn Camera (Sheffield Mix)Do Right (Cut Up Mix)Earthshaker 4
DVD7. DVD1Bedford Boys Club 18.08.84IntroCrackdownSensoriaJust FascinationSafety ZoneGhost TalkDigital RastaKinoDo rightHammersmith Palais 02.12.84Mao IntroAnimationBig FunkSensoriaDigital RastaJapnoGhost TalkSleepwalkingKinoDo Right
8. DVD2.Gasoline In Your EyeIntroductionCrackdownDiffusionSleepwalkingSlow Boat To ThassosSensoriaAutomotivationBig FunkKinoGhostalkFadeout
DVD ExtrasJust Fascination 7” MixSensoria 7” MixI Want You 7” MixI Want You 12” Mix
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:36 (six years ago) link
think i may skip this.
i have the cds (and vinyl) , the original sound of sheffield comp, the deform boxset (which i have yet to dive into actually !)
which just about covers the virgin era.
ok, there is matter of the remastering, but to be honest, i have no problem with the virgin era cds.
there is of course 'earthshaker' and 'gasoline' ep, lets just hope that gets a separate release at some point.
― mark e, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:24 (six years ago) link
You haven't spun the Conform box you ordered over a year ago? Get to it, man!
You're also missing the "Listen Up" odds and sods comp of the Virgin years. Definitely the least of the material but the high points are excellent.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:46 (six years ago) link
playing live again http://incubate.org/2015/line-up/368/cabaret-voltaire
― nonobody, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:26 (four years ago) link
Still no news on the early material getting a similar treatment to Red Mecca or at least a remaster of some kind?
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 18:50 (four years ago) link
can't get behind the notion that Kirk solo = CV personally.
― anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:01 (four years ago) link
for those that remember, Fon Records bloke, Amrik Rai is behind the release, and getting RHK back in line with the use of the CV name.the use of cut-up vocals and synths is very much in line with mid-80s CV, but the overall production is a lot more current sounding.naturally, i love it
r.i.p. amrik.you genuinely changed my listening groove.oh, and KRUSH was one of the best pop songs ever.
― mark e, Friday, 27 April 2018 19:09 (one year ago) link
many years back i actually had an email exchange with amrik.it was one of those WTF moments given how massive FON were for me.
― mark e, Friday, 27 April 2018 19:11 (one year ago) link
I'm intrigued. Youtube link(s)?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 April 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link
intrigued re what, Amriks death or FON records ?
― mark e, Friday, 27 April 2018 20:26 (one year ago) link
― mark e, Friday, 27 April 2018 20:27 (one year ago) link
STEPHEN MALLINDER, CO-FOUNDER & FRONTMAN OF CABARET VOLTAIREANNOUNCES UM DADAHIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN OVER 35 YEARSOUT OCTOBER 11 ON DAIS RECORDS
LISTEN TO 'WORKING (YOU ARE)'
Stephen Mallinder, co-founder and frontman of the iconic Cabaret Voltaire, has returned with his first solo album in over 35 years: Um Dada. Laced with leftfield house and cut-up sound collages, Um Dada is a melding of energies that are an exercise in simplicity and motion. Sincere, playful realism that beckons your body to move, always reminding you to never take yourself too seriously without forfeiting your agency.
While steering Cabaret Voltaire through the 1980’s, Mallinder was already busy piecing together his first solo album entitled “Pow Wow”, which would help define Mallinder’s interest in the more leftfield electro sounds shaping England at the time. It was this diverse and abstract hybrid that helped inspire generations of artists and musicians through steeping raw machine funk within the whimsical and absurdist ideology.
Since the release of “Pow Wow” in 1982, Mallinder continued his pioneering work with Cabaret Voltaire, as well as recording and touring with his electro projects Wrangler, Creep Show, Hey Rube, Kula, and Cobby & Mallinder. In addition to his non-stop schedule in electronic music, his professional life as a journalist, broadcaster, producer and now a professor of Digital Music & Sound Art at the University of Brighton, has lead Mallinder to a unique point in his career. Most in his position would be caught up in rosy retrospection, but Mallinder himself says, “There’s too much digital finger-licking right now; every thought and desire at the turn of a dial… well a click of the mouse. And there’s a giddy, false nostalgia about the analogue past. Sorry to burst your bubble but the truth of history is more mundane: practical, pragmatic...Um Dada is about ‘play’ – cut and paste, lost words, twisted presets, voice collage, simple sounds – things that have been lost to technology’s current determinism. Let the machines talk to each other, let them dance .. they lead, we follow.”
Um Dada opens up with the exact machine-led surrealism that Mallinder recommends in “Working (You Are)”. A thick, stripped back dance floor groove provides the ideal foundation for Mallinder’s eccentric vocal cuts. The frisky chops present an almost twisted irony, subtly bringing to mind the role we’re all forced to play as just another cog in the ever grinding capitalist machine of life. Yet, somehow, the listener is left feeling optimistic. A prime example of simplicity at work.
Tracks such as “Satellite” give a skillful illustration of Mallinder’s adeptness with his musical expertise while preserving his core historical context as only simple reference. The underlying bassline and percussion, coupled with the floating melodies and airy vocal refrain disclose the vulnerabilities of love and loss without a hint of irony or nostalgia.
Um Dada is mischievously idealist, however never loses touch with reality. Offering structure while simultaneously dismantling any and all preconceptions. The spirit of sincerity that sustained Cabaret Voltaire’s lengthy career is abundantly present within founder Stephen Mallinder’s journey through his own whimsical utopian consciousness and staking claim to an identity that is solely his own.
Stephen MallinderUm DadaDais RecordsOctober 11, 2019
Working (You Are)Prefix Repeat RewindIt’s Not MeUm DadaSatelliteColourFlashbackRobber*Hollow*
*CD & Digital bonus tracks
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 15:00 (four months ago) link
"There's 70 billion people in there ..."
― soukesian, Sunday, January 22, 2006
― sleeve, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 15:09 (four months ago) link
i like that track a lot.
― mark e, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 16:30 (four months ago) link
I love Stephen's work with Wrangler and Creep Show, and I think most fans of the Cab's Virgin period will, too. His solo album, "Pow Wow", was unknown to me for eons until I picked it up a couple of years ago. It fits in perfectly with the "2x45" era material.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:24 (four months ago) link