On August 31, Tracey Thorn will release Opposites - a special digital-only EP of experimental remixes of tracks from her acclaimed new album Love And Its Opposite.
If the album, produced by Ewan Pearson, was heralded for its unadorned and direct honesty, the remixes are deliberately oblique reinterpretations that throw a new sidelight on three of the album's key tracks.
"If the remixes for the last single 'Why Does The Wind?' were aimed at the dancefloor, these are perhaps aimed more at the head." says Tracey. "People often only remember the dance remixes I have been involved with, and forget the great futuristic re-works of my voice over the years by people like Photek, Omni Trio and Howie B. If my versions of my songs are often plain and direct, these mixes add question marks and blind alleys, and I like that. It adds a different colour and makes them closer to my work with Massive Attack perhaps."
For the EP, the album's closing track, 'Swimming' (featuring Nashville's Cortney Tidwell) is remixed into a psychedelic West Coast journey by Visionquest. Fronted by Detroit's Seth Troxler, Visionquest is Seth plus American sparring partners Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtiss, who all ran the influential Tesh Club together before Seth moved to Berlin to become resident DJ at the city's pivotal Club der Visionare and Weekend Clubs in 2008. The move has made Seth one of Europe's most in-demand DJs of late. Cortney and Tracey's backing vocals are looped into a swirling head-swim before the track locks onto a killer Fleetwood Mac groove for a deep Balearic summer ride.
WALLS are Sam Willis (from influential electronic music blog, Allez-Allez) and Alessio Natalizia (Banjo or Freakout). Their recent debut album on German uber-label Kompakt has been one of the year's sleeper hits. Mixing the same influences that pepper the album, their rework of 'Kentish Town' is a woozy blissed-out dream, part Krautrock, part Eno-esque ambience.
Kwesi Darko aka Blue Daisy runs Camden Town's Black Acre and has turned it into one of the labels to watch over the past few months. The imprint has delivered a string of inventive post-dubstep soundscapes for forward-looking dancefloors and afterhours parties alike. Drawing on dub, hip-hop and rich synthetic orchestration, Blue Daisy's take on 'Late In The Afternoon' is blunted and cinematic, heavy on sub-bass and twinkling stressed-out FX.
Tracey Thorn's Opposites EP will be available beginning August 24 exclusively on Beatport and then on the usual digital outlets beginning August 31. Download a free MP3 of "Kentish Town (Walls Remix)" and feel free to share!
1. Swimming (Visionquest Remix)
2. Swimming (Album Version)
3. Kentish Town (Walls Remix)
4. Kentish Town (Album Version)
5. Late in the Afternoon (Blue Daisy Remix)
6. Late in the Afternoon (Album Version)