‘Shellshock’ is my favourite New Order song. For me it’s broken beats and use of sampling were so ahead of their time (well, the sampling not so much, but cool anyhow) in 1986. Just picture Duckie BMXing it around and around outside Iona’s house in Pretty In Pink if you don’t like the video.
Following on from their team up with New Order’s Peter Hook for their last single ‘Becoming The Wraith’, autoKratz had paid tribute to their collaborator by covering on of my favourite New Order tracks, ‘Temptation’.
It’s a nice update to the original. A pretty straight cover with a kicking beat added and a touch of modern production to bring the song into the 21st century. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Bernard Sumner singing ‘Temptation’ but autoKratz’ David Cox’s vocals lend themselves really well to the track. I’m loving all the New Order connections autoKratz are pulling out in the run up to their new album, ’Self help For Beginners’, being release. If the album has this kind of vibe then it could be something special indeed.
This is the video for autoKratz’ new single ‘Becoming The Wraith’ which features, both on the track and in the video, the Bass talents of New Order/Monaco/Joy Division’s Peter Hook.
‘Becoming The Wraith’ is the most straight -up ElectroPop track autoKratz have dropped to date and Hooky’s playing just adds that Indie quality to the track. It’s pretty hard for anything with Hooky on not to sound a bit like New Order, but it is nice to see him slinging his bass low on ElectroPop tracks again rather than having a barny on Twitter with Indie tosspots.
‘Becoming The Wraith’ is defiantly the most accessible the autoKratz have ever been, and possible the best.
Well, now not only has it gone and got itself a video but also an amazing, analog bass pounding, reMix courtesy of CHEW LiPS. In the end result you can hear bits of New Order, bits of Hot Chip and bits of CHEW LiPS, it’s an odd mix, but very cool.
The track itself is an awesome 90’s House track, just listen to that piano and the 909 snares! When Bernard’s vocals kick it is it so distinctively him, kinda’ like a 90’s New Order reMix cut up with a Hot Chip track.