Released 24th February 2017
For their first release of 2017, Phuture Shock Excursions venture further afield with an accomplished remix package; featuring two reworks of Nubian Mindz’(Colin Lindo) soulful house gem ‘Somebody Else’ – which appeared in its original form on last years ‘EXCURSIONS’ # 3 split EP.
On this bold occasion the Bristol imprint have enlisted the masterful talents of Cavern of Anti-Matter - the latest side project led by Stereolab co-founder Tim Gane. Having so far remixed songs by mainly indie-rock artists, the Berlin-based outfit turn their hand to the disparate realms of underground dance music for the first time. Also lending their seasoned expertise and going against the grain is Sean O’Hagan – the frontman of experimental indie-pop stalwarts The High Llamas.
Residing on the A-side is Cavern of Anti-Matter’s epic reconstruction, which eschews the synth- heavy kosmische explorations they’re widely known for, in favour for a more dance floor-leaning direction that takes Lindo’s vocals on a funky, kaleidoscopic trip across the galaxy via 80s Detroit. Laced with crisp drum machine beats, groovy analogue synth lines aplenty and lush shimmering chords reminiscent of Gane’s former groop; it sits somewhere between the raw electro-funk of Cybotron and quite possibly what The Neptunes would sound like if they made techno. While on the flipside Sean O’Hagan serves up a dreamy dub, where select fragments of the original vocals float across soothing passages of live instrumentation. Before the arrangement seamlessly flits between moments of jazzy electric piano grooves and swirling organs, through to melodic baroque pop interludes in 3/4 time - that probably wouldn’t sound out of place in the scene of a Pixar animated movie. Shy of just three minutes in length, it’s delightfully short and sweet, yet leaves you wanting more upon every listen.
a. Somebody Else (Cavern Of Anti-Matter Remix)
b. Somebody Else (Sean O'Hagan Remix)