Why the British public has so far failed to wholeheartedly embrace Surferosa is completely beyond me. Tours with The Killers in the UK and the US have helped raise the band’s profile and I sincerely hope that this single will finally gain them the success they deserve.
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With Surferosa’s trademark synth-punk and Mariann Thomassen’s lyrics about something or other (it could be a love song but there’s talk of an “army of destroyers”). Satin Con Blonde shows perfectly what this band have to offer. All you have to do is listen.
Label: Versity Music
Release date: 18th October 2004 (Download only)
Subtle are a sextet from San Francisco built around two key members Jel (keyboard and sampling wizard) and Doseone (who gained a name for himself through his involvement with Anticon records, the late cLOUDDEAD and as a solo artist). ‘FKO’ combines elements of acoustic rock, deep bassed beats, left-field electronica and vocals that have been described as poetry to music. The vocals themselves are slick, fast and delivered with a style that is half hip-hop and half beat poet. The combination is fantastic.
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There are excellent remixes from B.Fleischmann and Console. Fleischmann strips the track back and adds a Warp style clickno backing while Console takes the house route and delivers a far more dance centred interpretation. This single is the first of three that are planned for release from the new album ‘A New White’ (Due October 4, 2004).
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Each of these singles is accompanied by a video from an animation team called SSSR; when combined, the three films make a complete short movie of their own. You can catch the first instalment below.
Label : Lex Records
Release Date : 27 September 2004
Website : www.lexrecords.com
Video Link : F.K.O. [Quicktime .mov 20.7 MB]
- A01. F.K.O.
- A02. F.K.O. (B.Fleischmann Remix)
- B01. F.K.O. (Console Remix)
- B02. F.K.O. Instrumental
Radio 4 release their new album ‘Stealing of a Nation’ on 13th September. Get a taster for what will be one of the albums of the year below –
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