Barry Adamson preps new remix EP (listen to A Certain Ratio remix)
Composer, Magazine bassist, former Bad Seed and all-around cool dude Barry Adamson released the Love Sick Dick EP back in April, a loose concept record that follows a desperate loner around the city at night. “The blues is the blues and if the heart aches then that’s the sound that will come out,” says Adamson, adding “whether you are playing guitar, a synth, a piano or performing futuristic guitar solos on your iPhone!” It’s got that neon-lit, rain-soaked-street kind of vibe that Adamson is especially adept at, and you can stream it below.
Adamson has now turned over the EP tracks to a bunch of artists for the Love Sick Dick Remixed EP which will be out November 24. (Preorder.) ADULT., Jimi Tenor, Gazelle Twin, Lunacre and Wheel all contribute remixes and we’ve got the premiere of the remix of “I Got Clothes” by Manchester/Factory Records vets A Certain Ratio, who turn the track from a swinging bluesy number into something much more funky and electronic. It’s actually more of a rework than a remix, as ACR explain:
We’ve always liked Barry’s music and were honoured when we were asked to work with him. We didn’t want to do it like a typical remix but more of a collaboration. We approached it as if we were writing an ACR track from scratch and built on a groove playing everything live then chopped Barry’s vocal for the verses and the female scatting vocals for the choruses. We added drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, keyboards, vocals, percussion, Roland 303 and vocoder and are really pleased with the outcome. The end section is typical ACR where it takes off and goes somewhere else. We haven’t worked out where that somewhere else is yet but we have been trying to get there for ages and love searching for it.
You can listen to that below.
On October 1 at Royal Albert Hall in London, Barry will take part in a talk following a 20th anniversary screening of Lynch’s classic noir, Lost Highway, which Adamson contributed music to; then on October 9 he will be at Wilton’s Music Hall in London for an edition of the “One Track Minds” storytelling series, where he’ll talk about a track that has changed his life, alongside the poet Murray Lachlan Young, music manager Simon Napier-Bell and more.