New release on Cherry Red's dedicated '90s imprint 90/9
A double CD Digipak edition of the early 1990's electronic pop duo,Banderasfeaturing their only album, 'Ripe'.
Including the Top 20 hit and perennial club classic 'This Is Your Life', which was originally released in 1991 on London Records.
Banderas are Sally Herbertand Caroline Buckley, who met while playing for The Communards. Once signed to London, they released three singles from 'Ripe', which was produced by Stephen Hagueand features musical contributions from Jimmy Somerville, Johnny Marrand Bernard Sumner.
This 2CD deluxe edition features the original ten album tracks and a comprehensive collection of bonus material from the period. CD1 features the album, accompanied by five bonus tracks: the B-sides 'Bide Your Time' and 'Nice To Know', 7" single versions of 'She Sells' and 'May This Be Your Last Sorrow' plus the extended 'Slightly Wacky Mix' of 'This Is Your Life'.
CD2 is crammed full of remixes including six versions of their top 20 hit single 'This Is Your Life' remixed by Heller & Farleyand Less Stress, plus three 12" only Italian remixes from Joe T Vannelliand others. Two Apollo 440remixes of the band's second single, 'She Sells' feature, together with an alternative 7" version and Less Stress and Smith & Mightyremixes of 'May This Be Your Last Sorrow'.
The fold-out four-panel digipack expands and reworks the striking original album artwork and includes a booklet with track commentaries written by Sally and Caroline plus an interview conducted by Jimmy Somerville, an old friend of the duo.
This is the definitive collection of the band's output and celebrates their lasting legacy 30 years on.
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