Above & Beyond have remixed a classic.
Trance trio Above & Beyond have put their spin on New Order's 1983 cult hit, 'Blue Monday'.
Featuring vocals from A&B member Jono, the remix opens with the inimitable classic riff, before evolving into progressive euphoria. Staying close to the original, the remix first debuted during Above & Beyond’s sold-out show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013.
Listen to 'Blue Monday', which is out today via Anjunabeats, below.
Factory Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition and two huge vinyl compilations.
Though best known for her label Minimal Wave, founded in 2005, and specialising in rare synth wave from the ‘80s, it's surprising that New Yorker Veronica Vasicka's solo work has only just surfaced this year. Originally recorded in 2004, her debut solo release 'From Here' is a slow-burning affair with intimate vocals and sparse analog synths that suitably caught the attention of Regis for his Downwards label.
1. New Order '586 (peel session)'
“This is an Incredible peel sessions version of ‘586’ by New Order, one of the first bands I ever listened to. This one has stayed with me. The fact that it was recorded live in one take is mind-blowing. It has a slow build, whipping dirty snare and a wonderful bassline that combines new wave and post-punk and brings it onto the dancefloor. Cold disco!”
2. Manuel Göttsching ‘E2-E4’
“Timeless music that was written and recorded by Manuel Gottsching in 1981 and released in 1984. This hour-long piece of music is a masterpiece that is divided into nine parts to represent ‘tracks’ of an LP but it’s one long piece of music. It gets filed under Krautrock but it’s essential proto-techno listening and was hugely influential on the emergence of techno and house music later in the ‘80s.”
3. Throbbing Gristle 'Discipline'
“Discipline is a minimalist industrial song from 1981 by UK pioneers Throbbing Gristle. It was first recorded in Berlin as a complete improvisation and every recording of it since has been a live take. The song is driven by a pulsing drumbeat and Genesis P-Orridge screaming/talking over the top with noisy guitar and synth sounds. Ever since hearing it as a teenager it has stuck with me. This song is pure art but often misunderstood and interpreted as garbage. Love it!”
4. DAF 'Coco Pino'
“This is a punky raw electronic track from DAF, and yet it is full of jitter-funk. It was hugely influential on me as a teenager, I always go back to it. The vocals by Gabi Delgado are mysterious, driving and wild, with tons of attitude. Great to mix over a traditional 4/4 techno track. Recorded in 1980 yet sounding very futuristic.”
5. Aphex Twin 'Heliosphan'
“Mesmerizing, beautiful, otherworldly track by Aphex Twin. This came out on the ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’ and I imagine it be recorded in 1989. It’s apocalyptic, bright and dark at the same time. The melodies overlap and intertwine in the most moving way. It’s one of those tracks that touches your soul.”
6. Nitzer Ebb 'Hearts & Minds (Mix Hypersonic)'
“‘Hearts & Minds’ originally came out on the ‘Belief’ album, that production-wise still sounds light years ahead of the game. This remix from the single has the signature sound of Nitzer Ebb’s fat dance imperative. Produced by the legendary Flood, you can hear the influence this had on his next production project, Depeche Mode’s ‘Violator’. This track comes alive on a big sound system.”
7. Front 242 'Controversy Between'
“Belgian EBM Pioneers Front 242 recorded this in 1982. This song has been very influential on me and my musical outlook in general. It’s new wave and industrial with a post-punk attitude and reflective of the times both in terms of politics and technology. These guys had a very creative approach to making music, always making it from the ground up, without the use of presets.”
8. Joey Beltram 'Energy Flash'
“Joey Beltram recorded this masterwork when he was just 19 years old as a kid growing up in Queens. The song hit in 1990 and became an anthem of rave culture in New York City and beyond. I remember first hearing it on a mixtape that I bought on St. Mark's Place. The pumping drive and over-driven percussion is pure New York and is rightly considered one of the all-time greats.”
9. In Aeternam Vale 'Ultrabase'
“Laurent Prot started his In Aeternam Vale project in 1983 in Lyon as a nihilistic electro-punk outfit that evolved into his own prolific outpouring of synthetic gems throughout the ‘80s until now. This 127bpm 11-minute number entitled ‘Ultrabase’ is an unashamed slab of innovative dub techno from 1990, existing completely outside of its genre and way ahead of its time. Prot made techno completely unaware that he was making techno!”
10. Cabaret Voltaire ‘Yashar (John Robie Mix)’
“Sheffield industrial legends with their fingers always on the pulse enlisted John Robie to weave some of his New York dancefloor know-how into their track ‘Yashar’. The result was one of the greatest examples of early ‘80s alternative electronic dance and proto-house/techno. The meeting of these minds is what excites me about music.”
IMS Ibiza 2017 celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with 10 keynote speakers and 10 talks on the topics most affecting the industry.
Taking place from 24th to 26th May, this year's International Music Summit welcomes top artists in the form of Dixon, The Black Madonna, New Order's Bernard Sumner, The Martinez Brothers, and legendary duo Masters At Work as keynote speakers.
808 is a documentary that charts the history of the massively influential Roland TR-808 drum machine, featuring contributions from Diplo, New Order, Pharrell, Rick Rubin, the Beastie Boys, Afrika Bambaataa, Damon Albarn, Felix Da Housecat and many more.
It’s been aired at numerous film festivals through the summer, and is now set to become available to stream on Apple Music on Friday 9th December. You can watch the trailer for it below.
New Order have teamed up with Lancashire-based Moorhouse's Brewery to create their own beer.
Named Stray Dog (after a track from their 2015 album, 'Music Complete') the 4.2% brew promises to be a “refreshing and clean tasting golden ale with hints of citrus fruit and lychee, all balanced by a subtle bitterness.” Sounds right up our street!
The beer will be officially launched at The Sawyer’s Arms in Manchester on Sunday 28th August, with a special New Order-themed party featuring DJs and competitions, before being made available nationally from September onwards.
Peter Hook, the former New Order bassist, has announced his forthcoming book, Substance: Inside New Order, a 768-page biography of the band that will be released on Thursday 6th October.
The book covers the formation of the band following Joy Division singer Ian Curtis’ suicide and then through their rise to success, including ‘Blue Monday’ becoming the fastest selling 12-inch record of all time and their ‘Substance’ album selling over a million copies.
The UK's best-loved festival, Glastonbury, have announced their full line-up — and it's looking big!
Newly announced acts include Lollapalooza headliners LCD Soundsystem, Reading festival headliners Foals and early dance legends New Order, alongside ZZ Top, Earth Wind & Fire, Disclosure, Grimes, Chvches and grime superstar, Skepta.
They join already announced headliners Coldplay, Adele and Muse, plus PJ Harvey, Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra and James.
New Order's 'Blue Monday' is the classic '80s party jam that dance fans know and love! But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier?
The brains behind BBC Arts have investigated the prospect, with the help of Okestra Obsolete, and made an impressive short film about it — here's what they had to say via their website:
'In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s — from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano — the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you've never heard it before.'