** Support from Maceo Plex, Nick Warren, John Digweed, Audiofly, Marvin & Guy, Justin Robertson, Nicolas Masseyeff, Nick Muir, Jonas Rathsman, James Zabiela, Doctor Dru, Kolsch, Peter Kruder, Nuno Dos Santos, Frankey, YokoO, Cid Inc, Terranova, Nhar, DJ Ralf, Tsugi, DJ Magazine (ESP), Decoded & many more... **
Aroused and refreshed from their ‘Formant Sex’ sessions on Darkroom Dubs last year and gearing up for a major release on Turbo very soon, Skinnerbox return with two spellbinding takes on a cult synth-pop classic: Blancmange – ‘Living On The Ceiling’.
A groundbreaking slice of fusion from 1982, the mystic Arabic-scales and infectious pop hook have been known to dancefloors for 35 years. For those growing up in Israel during the 80s and 90s, like Skinnerbox’s Iftah, the Blancmange banger has even more poignancy as it was used as the theme for the Arabic News. To put it simply, these cover versions have been an ambition of his for decades.
And boy have they been worth the long wait. Iftah and eminent lab-partner Olaf Hilgenfeld squeezed their synths in all kinds of cosmic ways to create two trips for the two more polarised times of the week… As the titles suggest, the Saturday Night Version is a true midnight express, thundering into the nocturnal unknown, leading to wherever – and whatever – you choose next. With beats as alluring and a hook as iconic as these, your options are endless.
But the road back is inevitable: the Tuesday Morning Door Policy Version embraces the fuzzy, soft-focus aesthetic of post-weekend reality. A slower, smouldering perspective that’s unashamedly warm and warped. This can help you through the moodiest Tues known to club kind.
Two remarkable takes from two longstanding friends of Darkroom Dubs who are also gearing up for more major releases throughout the rest of 2017… Silicone Soul, Dino Lenny, Eduardo de la Calle and El Leopardo will all be appearing on the Scottish label in the coming months before they round off the year with another essential v/a mix and album. Stay locked.
Artwork by Dave Beazley.
Mastered by Conor Dalton at Glowcast Audio.