Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Pastels - Worlds of Possibility (CDS)


Happy Record Store Day everyone. I hope you managed to get out and get something you wanted. I joined a queue at the new branch of Raves From The Grave in Bath, and by the time I got in the shop there wasn't much left. Hey ho. Good day for the shops, though, which is the main thing.

So, more Pastels, and woodblock-tastic! And Gerard Love in the band! Awesome single by this fantastic band, although a bit of an acquired taste for some. Excellent single, and some good b-sides too. The singing on 'Ever Far' is ridiculously low.

The fourth track, which is a cover of someone I don't know, is particularly good. Anyone any ideas? I imagine this shows up my narrow and superficial musical education.

1. Worlds Of Possibility
2. Photogram
3. Ever Far
4. Love It's Getting Better

Hear ye.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Massive Attack - Inertia Creeps CDS

I'll be honest, much as I love the album this Massive Attack track is from (it's my favourite, which I know is blasphemy), the only reason I bought this single was the Manics version of the track. I loved the idea that the remix could work the other way round, and the result is pretty good - interesting at least. It must have been fun to do. There are some proper Manic Street Preachers backing vocals later in the track!

The proper b-side, 'Reflection' sounds more like a Tricky song, in the drumming anyway. It's good.

Your other remixes, in strict contravention of the "All Remixes On B-sides Are Shit" rule, are not shit. Alpha did an excellent job, and Track 5 is the Mad Professor remix of the track, just under a different name, which is alright. The last track is by members of the Ananda Shankar Experience, which means little to me, but might to you. Very good.

I should also point out that the sleeve for this CD is bright orange, not weird pink. It seems my scanner isn't 100% reliable.

1. Inertia Creeps (Album Version)
2. Reflection
3. Inertia Creeps (Manic Street Preachers Version)
4. Inertia Creeps (Alpha Mix)
5. Back/ Shecomes
6. Inertia Creeps (State Of Bengal Mix)