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
At only twenty one years of age, Detroit-based artist Alex Winston has a lot going for herself. A talented songwriter and guitarist, Winston released her debut single “Choice Notes” back in August 2010 on HeavyRoc Music, followed by the Sister Wife EP in February 2011. Produced by New York electronic music duo and producer-du-jour The Knocks, this critically acclaimed EP was a collection of tender tracks swathed with infectious sunny melodies and complimented with propelling drum beats.
Now the young lady is in the spotlight again with the imminent release of her brand new EP: Velvet Elvis. Scheduled for release on September 19th via Island Records, it will feature the title track and a couple of lush remixes. On remixing duties, we have remix collective extraordinaire RAC who have created a super cute and catchy rework of the original, with tropical-infused beats and an irresistible hook. The icing on the cake is that RAC are currently giving away this great remix for free on their Soundcloud!
Alex Winston - Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix)
If you like what you hear, you’re in for a treat. We’ve got a couple more tunes for you! The first is a electro disco remix of Alex Winston’s poppiest and most addictive song “Sister Wife” and it comes courtesy of Moonlight Matters (aka Sebastiaan Vandevoorde).
Alex Winston - Sister Wife (Moonlight Matters Radio Remix)
Finally, check the original version of “Velvet Elvis”. Definitely worth your time!
On the heels of her new album, Love And Its Opposite, which hit the stores last month, London-based singer songwriter Tracey Thorn is gearing up for the release of her new single, “Why Does The Wind?”.
The download bundle comes packed with amazing remixes by Michel Cleis, Andre Lodemann and Morgan Geist. It will be available on June 14 courtesy of revered electronica label Buzzin’ Fly. In the meantime, to whet your appetite Tracey Thorn is giving away the original track, edited by UK producer Ewan Pearson, for free. You can grab it HERE.
Tracey Thorn – Why Does the Wind (Ewan Pearson Edit)
“Why Does The Wind?” is one of those track that lends itself so well to a remix that it just had to be chosen as the second single. And quite frankly, the result doesn’t disappoint in the least, it even surpasses expectations. All three remixes capture the magic of Tracey’s gorgeous voice and beautiful lyrics, adding an aura of dancey electro to the mix.
It’s nice to see the songstress reconnecting with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out Of The Woods, the album that saw her re-emerge after a long self-imposed hiatus in her career to start a family. “Why Does The Wind?” is taken off Tracey Thorn’s starkly beautiful new album Love And Its Opposite, released on partner Ben Watt’s label Strange Feeling Records in May.
Tracey Thorn‘s new album Love And Its Opposite will be released on May 17. There will be a single with remixes out in April, but to keep you going until then you can download the album’s opening track, “Oh, The Divorces!” for free HERE. Granted leave of absence from Virgin/EMI, Tracey will see the album released on partner Ben Watt‘s Strange Feeling Records, where she joins labelmates such as The Unbending Trees and Copenhagen’s Figurines.
Tracey Thorn - Oh
With Love And Its Opposite Tracey Thorn departs from the electrofolk sound that infused her 2007 release Out Of The Woods. The latter was her first strictly solo album since 1982’s indie classic A Distant Shore and it received rave reviews. Ranging from subdued electronica to downright glittering disco, the songs on Out Of The Woods really enhance Thorn’s lyrics and magical voice.
Tracey Thorn - It's All True
Let’s not forget that Tracey Thorn was also one half of Everything But The Girl with partner Ben Watt. The band left behind them a large collection of hits, one of the most memorable being “Missing”, here remixed by Todd Terry. Oh, the 90s…
Everything But The Girl - Missing (Todd Terry Remix)
Tracey Thorn is an English singer and songwriter best known for being one half of the duo Everything But The Girl, which she formed in 1981 with musical partner and husband Ben Watt. Out of the Woods is Thorn’s first strictly solo album since 1982′s indie classic A Distant Shore and first new original release since Everything But The Girl’s 1999 album Temperamental.
The whole idea of making a new album hatched about two years ago after a collaboration with German duo Tiefschwarz on the dancefloor hit “Damage”. Thorn originally thought the album would be mostly covers but she somehow “found [herself] writing more songs and collaborating with people” and she “made a pop record without really meaning to”.
With producer Ewan Pearson she has developed an electrofolk sound Ranging from subdued electronica to downright glittering disco, the songs on Out Of The Woods really enhance Thorn’s lyrics and magical voice.
Tracey Thorn - It's All True
The first single “It’s All True” is already receiving a lot of well deserved blog love and we are starting to hear the first remixes. Kris Menace, Martin Buttrich and Escort are amongst the first artists to give the song the remix treatment. They probably won’t be the last..
Tracey Thorn - It's All True (Escort Extended Remix)