30 years since their creation, the never before released Frankie Knuckles remixes of Electribe 101's deep cut 'Heading for The Night' are finally unvaulted, available on 12" vinyl and Digital EP on 9th of July (CD, digital) and End August (Vinyl).
UK based electronic group Electribe 101 and their one album, Electribal Memories hold a legendary place in the annals of house and dance music. The band met after vocalist and writer Billie Ray Martin had placed an ad in Melody Maker in 1988: "Soul rebel seeks musicians – genius only". Billie headed to meet the four responding musicians (Brian Nordhoff, Joe Stevens, Les Fleming, and Roberto Cimarosti) at their studio in Birmingham.
"I took three songs with me, one of were the lyrics and melodies to (Electribe 101's first single) 'Talking with Myself', as well as acopy of Julian Jonah's 'Jealousy and Lies'," says Billie. "I told the guys: "I've heard the future, and this is what I want to do." I had heard Julian's track at the WAG Club and I still remember the moment I stopped my shimmying and just stood there, staring, then turning on my heels and going straight to the DJ to ask what this record was. The guys had already experimented with some more dance orientated tracks and were instantly sold on the idea."
Originally self-released on white label and championed by pirate radio, 'Talking with Myself' caught the imagination of the UK club scene and saw the band sign to Phonogram Records. With the re-issue and its follow up, 'Tell Me When the Fever Ended', becoming bona fide pop chart hits, with daytime radio play, Top Of The Pops appearances, and magazine covers from Melody Maker to MixMag, i-D, the label were keen to galvanise the band's success and for them to deliver an album quickly.
"Because we weren't yet used to writing together, we tried different approaches," explains Billie." I brought along a few songs I'd already written with others. Other songs we wrote from scratch. 'Heading for The Night' is one of those songs. The guys had developed the music and I wrote and sang the melody and lyrics straight onto the track, without making any arrangement changes."
The band had also found ardent fans in the US, with chart-topping success on the US club charts and mixes from some of the most in-demand remixers of the day, including Chicago House doyennes Frankie Knuckles and Larry Heard.
"Frankie had already done such an incredible job with 'Talking with Myself' and he was smitten with 'Heading for The Night'", recalls Billie. "He enjoyed mixing it so much that he did six mixes, each one brilliant and soulful in its own way. His effortless and perfect vocal production while creating a more danceable version makes this another Knuckles masterpiece."
While 'Heading for The Night' had been considered for single release, these legendary remixes never saw the light of day. Finally,
Frankie's work on this song finds its rightful place in both his and Electribe 101's legacy.
This EP of remixes precedes the release of Electribe 101's fabled second, never before released album Electribal Soul, later this year.
It is available to pre-order from this coming Tuesday 19th October. And as a special bonus for all those who pre-order before the end of October it’ll include a free CD with 5 rare recordings from the Fox Base Alpha era.
1. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Flowered Up Remix)
2. Nothing Can Stop Us (Masters At Work Remix)
3. Spring (Instrumental) *
4. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Kenlou B-boy Remix)
5. The Official Saint Etienne World Cup Theme *
* on CD for the first time
Tears For Fears have announced details of their first album in nearly two decades. The Tipping Point arrives on 22 February 2022 via Concord Records, a mere 18 years after their last LP together, 2004’s Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.
09 Oct 2021 -
09 Oct 2021, 20:00
Available to pre-order on Deluxe Limited 5-Disc Set, Deluxe Vinyl Slipcase Edition, 2CD and Triple Vinyl, plus Bundle Offers.
'DISCO (Guest List Edition)' follows the 2020 release of ‘DISCO’, Kylie’s eighth UK No.1 album, which saw her make chart history once more as the first female artist to have a UK No.1 album in five consecutive decades.
With this brand-new edition Kylie releases new tracks ‘A Second to Midnight’ (with Years & Years) ‘Can’t Stop Writing Songs About You’ (with Gloria Gaynor) and ‘Kiss of Life’ (with Jessie Ware). These new songs will be featured alongside remixes plus established favourites including ‘Real Groove (Studio 2054 Remix)’ with Dua Lipa.
Kylie’s record-breaking fifteenth studio album ‘DISCO’ was released to widespread acclaim last year and was hailed as ‘an irresistible tonic to real life. Thank God for Kylie Minogue’ by Metro in a 5* review and ‘the ultimate rescue remedy’ by The Observer (4*). It featured lead singles ‘Say Something’, which received widespread praise - deemed ‘a galactic slice of pop music heaven’ by i-D - and ‘Magic’, which NME called ‘an exuberant, horn-fuelled romp.’