We’ve been kept mightily amused by the Budgies over the last couple of months. That being the mundane adventures of a couple of giant budgie headed Curxes types. Have a gander at their Instagram account if you have no idea what we’re talking about. To soundtrack this searing insight into the parakeet world, the Brighton/Portsmouth Electro-Industro-Pop duo have released a new single, Avant-Guarded.
In contrast to their last single, the haunting Further Still, Avant-Guarded relentless noise assault. But unlike many forays into the realms of the experimental, Curxes manage to combine a left-field musicality with some surprisingly catchy ElectroPop. Post-punk in places, vocally, and musically a bit R&B at times, Avant-Guarded is a strange beast. Although with a title like that it;s probably to be expected. There’s an amazing sonic pallet being worked with here, new synth sounds and rhythms to keep you interested on repeated listens. What Curxes have done here, is take the far to often po-faced and taking-itself-seriously world of experimental electronics and made it fun. Quite the achievement.
Sometime The Knife collaborator Planningtorock was invited to rework the duo’s track Full Of Fire, taken from their Shaking The Habitual album. Making the track truly her own, Planningtorock delivered Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, Let’s Talk About You And Me, complete with funky as anything bassline.
Check out the video for the track, created again by Planningtorock. Abstract shapes and colours ahoy!
Here’s the new video from Nitzer Ebb frontman, the unmistakable Douglas J. McCarthy. Move On is taken from McCarthy’s recent solo long player Kill Your Friends. It’s one of the groovier, bluesier, tracks on the record, but no less abrasive.
Stevenler Paulinger directs the clip, a nice atmospheric slice of Americana with a futuristic blues vibe to match the track.
Douglas J. McCarthy’s Kill Your Friends is out now.
We don’t tend to make much of a secret of our love for Sheffield Electronic Music pioneers Cabaret Voltaire. They’ve been one of our favourite artists for as long as we can remember and their myriad forms have always been an influence on us. They’ve been few quite a few music changes, experimenting with new styles and taking on new influences and whist we love their harsh experimental beginnings and the deep House influenced later work, the mid-80s era of Cabaret Voltaire is ‘our’ Cabs, the Cabs we grew up with.
Continuing Mute Records series of re-issues, Cabaret Voltaire are set to release the box set #8385 (Collected Works 1984-1985). this is a pretty exciting collection, featuring remastered editions of The Crackdown (1983), Micro-Phonies (1984), Drinking Gasoline (1985) and The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord (1985), some of The Cabs greatest works. Also contained in the package is a CD of Cabaret Voltaire’s 12” of the period and a CD of unreleased material, titled Earthshaker, alongside two DVDs featuring a couple of live shows, the promo videos from the time and the long awaited DVD release of 1985 VHS tape Gasoline In Your Eye. That’s not all, there’s also included a 40-page booklet and some slick packaging. This is a seriously essential purchase for Cabaret Voltaire fans and for anyone interested in the history of electronic music.
♫ Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (12” Version)
♫ Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination
♫ Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You
Cabaret Voltaire’s #8385 (Collected Works 1984-1985) is released 4th November.