In the summer of 2010, The xx asked Tracey Thorn to record a track from the The xx’s debut album for a special compilation of covers of the album’s songs by their favourite artists. Unfortunately the project fell apart a few months later for numerous logistical reasons but not before Tracey had sung a new version of one the album most beautiful tracks, “Night Time”.
The track gathered dust for a few months but it is rightfully seeing the light of day on a new EP from Tracey Thorn called the Night Time EP, released on Strange Feeling on October 31, much to the delight of all concerned. This beautiful rendition features musical partner and husband Ben Watt guesting on guitars and backing vocals (it is the first time the two have played together on a recording for over ten years) with the drums, programming and mix coming courtesy of Tracey’s current production collaborator Ewan Pearson (producer of both Tracey’s recent acclaimed album Love And Its Opposite and 2007’s Out Of The Woods).
Icing on the cake, this new EP includes remixes of one of Love And Its Opposite‘s most popular tracks “Swimming”. The first reinterpretation is Ewan Pearson’s buffed up re-edit of last year’s remix by dance producers-du-jour, Visionquest. Meanwhile, UK underground house legend Charles Webster has produced not one, but two versions of “Swimming”: a beautifully percussive main mix and a rainy, autumnal dub.
Buy the Limited Edition 12″ translucent blue vinyl, signed by Tracey, on Buzzin Fly’s online store or download the MP3 on
Montreal-based duo Flowers and Sea Creatures have been building a formidable reputation since their debut EP Test Pressing in 2010. This first effort and its follow-up, A.M. released in February 2011, have been turning some serious heads in both the electronic underground and the alt-rock overground. FASC deliver a deeply atmospheric and cinematic sound – Graham Baxter’s powerful tenor and crystalline acoustic guitars riding over Kosta Megalos’ future-disco beats and eerie moods. The album is masterfully produced by a trio of top-drawer producers – Ewan Pearson, ex-Montrealer Fred Everything and The Revenge – all three of which already helped shape both the EPs and now their debut album, simply entitled Flowers and Sea Creatures.
Flowers and Sea Creatures are notoriously reclusive, recording away from the cut and thrust of the Montreal scene in an attempt to carve out a unique sound. Asked about their inspirations, Baxter obliquely namechecks the understated vocals of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and the dark shadows of Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Kosta lists Giorgio Moroder and early 80’s sonic experimentalists The Art Of Noise.
With airplay and sessions for XFM, 6Music and Radio 1 already under their belt, plus warm underground club support coming from future-facing DJs like Visionquest, Sebo K and Andre Lodemann, the time seems ripe for the Canadian alt-discotronica duo’s debut full-length. Seamlessly alternating introspective moments and festive numbers, this album is a rare jewel that makes a point of proving that electronic music can tap into private feelings and emotions to create songs that can be equally savoured in private or on the dance floor.
To promote the album, FASC are currently giving away a gorgeous reinterpretation of their single “A.M.” Stream the song below and grab the free Mp3 here.
Flowers and Sea Creatures - A.M. (Live Session Version)
Find the band on MySpace to listen to more tunes and buy the album off Buzzin Fly’s online store or
Ben Watt is a British musician, DJ, producer and label owner, best known internationally as one half of 80s cult band Everything But The Girl. Based in North London, he lives with his spouse and creative partner Tracey Thorn, the other half of EBTG.
In 2003 Watt launched his own independent record label, Buzzin’ Fly, considered by most as a leading-edge imprint in the world of deep House and Techno. Home to Watt’s own club productions, the label released the single “Guinea Pig” a few months ago and the subsequent remixes (M.A.N.D.Y & Smallboy, DJ Koze). Check out the vocal edit below…
Ben Watt also regularly spins records in some of the best clubs around the world. In the next couple of months you’ll be able to see him live if you are anywhere near Helsinki, Chicago, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Rome, Lausanne or Prague.
For complete tour schedule, head over to MySpace. If you want to buy Watt’s latest single “Guinea Pig”, it is already available on
Parisien electro artist Mademoiselle Caro is known by many for her sublime electro-pop debut album Pain Disappears (Buzzin’ Fly, 2008), a joint effort with Perpignan-based friend and collaborator Franck Garcia. Upon its release, this album was enthusiastically praised by everyone from DJ Mag to The Times.
Brimming with a uniquely downbeat yet defiant sound that seemed to have one foot in modern-day tech-savvy Berlin and one in vintage indie austerity, Pain Disappears was, for many music critics, one of the best electronica albums to be released in 2008.
The track you can listen to listen to just below is a great example of their collaboration: subdued electronica, plaintive vocals, simple chords and subtle arrangements. Nice closing track for a DJ-set…
Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia - Far Away
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