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Various Artists - Heavenly Remixes 1 (Heavenly Recordings)

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RELEASED: 10th December 2021 (subject to change)
2 x 180g Vinyl LP

Format:  2 x 180g Vinyl LP
Cat No:  HVNLP188

Heavenly Recordings announce details of ‘Heavenly Remixes Vol 1 & 2’, a pair of albums documenting some of the label's finest remixes over its 30 + year history. The LP editions are double LP's on black vinyl. Volume 1 features Heavenly artists remixed by Underworld, Greg & Che Wilson, Parrot & Cocker Too, Time & Space Machine, Mother, Andy Votel and more...

Heavenly was all but founded on the art of the remix; the label’s sadly departed friend Andrew Weatherall remixed the first ever release, and the label has built up an immense catalogue in the intervening years that demonstrates all that is good about the art form.

A label forged in the white-hot heat of post-acid house Britain, these Heavenly remixes are perfectly weighted with respect and irreverence, the remixer in each case carefully chosen to add heft to the song - the tracks across the 2 albums are curated, remixed and delivered with love (and a teensy bit of impertinence) and are a glimpse into the catalogue of one the UK’s finest independent labels.

There is no sense of order to Volume 1. You’ll find a smattering of older tracks: album openers Saint Etienne are taken on a Poseidon Adventure with Underworld, who inject ‘Cool Kids of Death’ with typically manic energy. Elsewhere, ’90s Brum duo Mother add dancefloor pzazz to Espiritu’s innate glamour on an all-funked-up reworking of ‘Los Americanos’, and Mark Lusardi’s remix of Moonflowers’ ‘Get Higher’ is an early Heavenly classic.

On ‘Terracotta Warrior’, a perfect, psyched-out, Mancunian union is created betwixt Jimi Goodwin and Andy Votel, whilst Goodwin cohort Simon Aldred, in his Cherry Ghost guise, receives a proper Tamla-Motowning from Richard Norris (aka Time & Space Machine) on an inspired cover of Cece Peniston’s glam-house hit, ‘Finally’.

There are several of Heavenly’s current darlings there too. One of the most exciting young British prospects, Yorkshire’s Working Men’s Club, effectively remix themselves, as Minsky Rock — WMC’s Syd Minsky-Sargeant and producer Ross Orton — cleave ‘X’ into a riotous industrial racket. Jagwar Ma’s Jono Ma takes the Kraftwerkian leitmotif on ‘Automatic’ and drives the Australian jazz-funkers Mildlife down an electro-convulsive psychedelic tunnel (thankfully no-one was harmed during the making of this remix); Sheffield’s DJ Parrot and Jarvis Cocker deliver one of the outstanding remixes of 2018, turning Baxter Dury’s ‘Miami’ into a lovelorn minor opera; and, making its first appearance on vinyl, David Holmes’ Unloved project is taken on a panoramic Welsh waltz thanks to Gwenno.

 

TRACKLISTING:

1. Saint Etienne – Cool Kids Of Death (Underworld Mix)
2. Unloved – Why Not (Gwenno Remix)
3. Nots – Reactor (Mikey Remix)
4. Mildlife – Automatic (Jono Ma Ascend Mix)
5. Espiritu – Los Americanos (Mother Mix)
6. Confidence Man – Out The Window (Greg & Che Wilson mix)
7. Mattiel – Guns Of Brixton (Rub-A-Dub Style Pt.2)
8. Baxter Dury – Miami (Parrot and Cocker Too Remix)
9. Jimi Goodwin – Terracotta Warrior (Andy Votel’s Spazio 1975 de-mix)
10. Working Mens Club – X (Minsky Rock Remix)
11. Moonflowers – Get Higher (Get Dubber Mix)
12. Raf Rundell – Monsterpiece (Harvey Sutherland Remix)
13. Cherry Ghost – Finally (Time & Space Machine Edit)