Our relationship with HURTS is a bit strained right now. As you know we’ve been supporting them right from the beginning of their career, before that even with Daggers. To us they were the prefect modern SynthPop act, preforming big epic, dramatic, electronic Pop songs with a strange tongue-in-cheek artiness. It was all very Berlin, but with a cheeky British wink too. Easily one of our favourites. then the new single Miracle dropped, and we got worried. A Coldplay-esque stadium rock track with a focus-group-Goth video did not bode well. Then we saw them live last week, and experienced much of the new album, and out fears were not put to rest. Swinging between epic AOR and 90s industrial Rock, gone was Theo’s cheeky deadpan delivery, to be replaced by pogoing, high kicks (really!), instrument smashing and screaming at the crowd to “come on!”. It’s was a rock show, by-the-numbers. they were absolutely amazing, fantastic light show, charismatic, musically pitch perfect, energetic. We’re just not sure it’s a direction we can get on board with. Good luck to them though.
Luckily, our love affair with the music of Mr. Russ Chime is still going strong, and even more luckily he’s taken the aforementioned Miracle and whipped up a deep, resonant House track from Miracle’s bare bones. Chimes latches on to the raw emotion of the song and lets that feed his music. Playing around with a punchy House bassline and some haunting wood-block sounds, Chimes drops and builds in just the right places, and when he kicks back in, he does it with a full, richness you you’ll be unable to resist grooving to. Finally, we like Miracle!
The UK’s finest exponents of melancholy ElectroPop HURTS have just announced the release of their long awaited second studio album. To be titled Exile, the record is due out in March 2013. If you pre–order the album now, you’ll get a sneak preview track, The Road, absolutely free.
The duo trumpeted the news with this video featuring a hint of The Road and some post-Dubstep grinding industrial sounds.
There hasn’t really been a proper, er, banger(?), mix of HURTS’ ‘Better Than Love’, which is odd ‘cos the track is crying out for one.
Enter Burns who’s latest offering is a deep Electro floorfiller version of the track, weaving elements of the original into an Acid fuelled Electro-House monster with some amazing builds. Burns know exactly when to hammer you with relentless arpeggios and when to slip you back into the song. Nice job!
♫ HURTS – Better Than Love (Burns’ European Sex Version)
Burns states that his reMix will be out soon alongside his ‘European Sex Dub’ version. If the SoundCloud track artwork is anything to go by I’d say it was going to be on some future single release of ‘Illuminated’.
Greek SynthPop queens Marsheaux grace these pages once more to hit you up with a couple of awesome new reMixes.
First up they bring their analog Pop to HURTS’ ‘Better Than Love’, and it’s actually the best reMix of the track we’ve heard. Bright and ElectroPoppy it’s dancey without turning the song into a cheesy dance track and SynthPoppy without stepping on the original’s toes. Mirrors ‘Into The Heart’ also gets the girls attention. the Brighton SynthPop act’s forthcoming single gets an retro, analog, workout with more than a little OMD about it.
The likes of we haven’t heard since the 80’s this tune has got all the elements in place. The bells ringing out, the uplifting melancholy, the sleigh-bell hi-hats, the power drums in the chorus. It’s pure HURTS too, it’s like all HURTS’ career has been leading up to a full-on X-mas song!
HURTS’ new single is released this week and even though everybody seems to agree that ‘Sunday’ is perfect single material it is ‘Stay’, which is fair enough, it’s a pretty powerful track.
So, to the reMixes! The awesome surprise of the single is Groove Armada signing up for reMix duties, and the reMix doesn’t disappoint. Slightly less vocal than I would have liked the mix is nonetheless an enticing House track with an early 90’s feel to it. From it’s orchestral stabs to it’s floaty piano, to it’s killer digital bassline this is 1991 warehouse stuff!
In the continuing saga of the Kylie Minogue/HURTS love-in Kyle has returned the compliment of being asked to appear on HURTS’ album and HURTS’ covering her ‘Confide In Me’ by covering their, set in Bristol, début track ‘Wonderful Life’ for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.