REL. DATE: SEPT 2013
LABEL: Rotters Golf Club
CAT NO: RGCCD020
TRACKLIST: 1) Another Lonely City (Group Rhoda Remix) / 2) Late Flowering Lust (Phil Kieran Remix)
3) Beglammered (Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s Remix) / 4) Skwatch (Black Merlin’s Reel to Reel Remix)
5) Never There (Hardway Bros Remix) / 6) We Are The Axis (Daniel Avery Remix)
7) Another Lonely City (Daniele Baldelli and DJ Rocca Remix) / 8) Beglammered (Richard Sen Remix)
9) We Are The Axis (Scott Fraser Remix) / 10) One Minute’s Silence (Ivan Smagghe Remix)
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Photos by Steve Gullick in high res tiff and 300dpi jpeg. The key photo is #3436
Andrew Weatherall never wakes up in the morning and decides to start a new album that day. Instead, recording music is a continuous process usually working with different collaborators and seeing where the muse takes him. Somewhere down the line the rewards of a collaboration will coalesce into a body of work between thirty minutes and an hour long and he will put a call into the Rotters’ team to say he has a new release ready to go.
We were visiting the studio catching up on new tracks in various states of readiness when he offered up some remixes of tracks from the recent ‘Ruled by Passion…’ album. Tim Fairplay, Andrew’s partner in The Asphodells, Sean Johnston from A Love From Outer Space and Scott Fraser live and work in the area and dropped by at various points. They’d obviously heard the tracks before and smiled in recognition.
We said we liked the way the tracks hung together and Sean remarked it was the Axis effect. ‘We Are The Axis’ is a track on ‘Ruled by Passion…’ we hadn’t explored any possible meaning, though we’d guessed it wasn’t the Axis of Evil as things had been quiet around Shoreditch of late. Sean explained the Axis was composed of musicians and DJs that congregated around the studio’s Leonard Street location that sometimes worked together and often bounced new ideas off one another.
Andrew’s black book reads like a who’s who of contemporary music but rather than plunder it for remixers he’d let drop the idea of a remix with friends and neighbours. These plus a couple a swaps with musical friends who were new to the concept of remixing, gave Andrew an hour of music he thoroughly enjoyed listening to. Of course the core was he and Tim but instead of displays of erudition and didacticism it was a late night conversation with friends who knew had no need to show off but were relaxed enough to add a twist to the debate or take another approach without feeling self conscious or homiletic.
It goes without saying none of the tracks are duds but our ears always prick up when Justin Robertson’s take on ‘Beglammered’ ups the heart rate or Daniel Avery’s own unscrewing of ‘… the Axis’ ruffles the neck hairs. We’ve stopped arguing in the office about which is the best track. They all are.
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