The ‘Cosmos Vocal Mix’, blends Goldfrapp’s sumptuos orchestration with a rolling
break and a deep house groove, while ‘Cosmos Acid Dub Mix’offers a distinctly
more twisted bent , and is already heavily supported by the likes of Digweed,
Tenaglia and Deep Dish.
The much lauded Finnish
producer Jori Hulkonnen combines Alison Goldfrapp’s unique vocals with a groove
and melody reminiscent of early Detroit Techno, while Tim Wright lends his own
brand of twisted break beat which is currently a permanent fixture in the record
box of Fatboy Slim amongst many others.
: CD 1 :
Utopia ( Genetically Enriched)
U.K. Girls (Physical)
CD 2 :
Utopia (Jori Hulkkonen Remix)
(Tom Middleton Cosmos Vocal)
Utopia (Tim Wright Remix)
can be caught at the following venues in June:
June : Tilburg Holland (supporting Nick Cave)
17 June Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
18 June Planet K Manchester
19 June Little Academy Birmingham
June Fete de Musique Paris
29 June Wercheter Festival Belgium
Quart Festival Kristiansand Norway
7 July Majorca Spain
12 July Montreux
Jazz Festival Switzerland
13 July Blues Festival Pistola Italy
16 July Catania Sicily
are, if you don't know already, not new to alternative music. Alison sung on Tricky's
debut album as well as touring and working with Orbital in the nineties.
Will did the score for the ultra realistic 'hooligan' movie ID. The conception
of Felt Mountain was no less mythological. To make the album the duo decamped
to an isolated base in the Wiltshire countryside and collaborated with the likes
of Portishead's Adrian Ultey and PJ Harvey producer John Parish. The result is
a stunningly modern album mixing the cinemascope ambition of John Barry with their
native city's more contemporary beats.
"We recorded it in a bungalow
in the middle of nowhere. It was really creepy, and the night was filled with
the sound of screeching, shagging badgers," recalls Alison.
surprisingly, the record itself somehow conveys that self-same sense of isolation,
enhanced , if not by the shagging badgers, then by the snow-themed artwork of
a beautiful forest on the cover and what can only be described as a Wizard Of
Oz-like Felt Mountain...
"That was the sort of fantasy idea of where
we were. I did all the artwork, I borrowed and found photographs. I designed it
so they got it cheap. I think the forest is in Germany. It's a great photo, it
just works with the clear tray you can keep it as a long strip."
how do Goldfrapp deal with the perfectionist label that's been somewhat fairly
cast upon them: " We are very fast bored. Music must be really interesting for
us. This applies naturally to the music, which we make for ourselves. It must
be generous. Give the listener information, melody and harmony. It's about Interaction.
Our album is rather short, but it contains exactly the pieces, which we wanted
to really have on the disk. " But you have to question: how does or how can perfectionism
translate to the live show? Not much room for lengthy deliberation or re-takes
there. So what are we going to see at these live dates? " When we were in the
studio we didn't think about live performances .. When live concerts became an
issue, the question that arose first was 'how would we ever have this many
musicians available? At the start we said: We need 20. Wheras in reality we at
least 40. We settled on what we have: a violinist, a schlagzeuger, the key board
and guitar. In addition there's Alison and myself. I play Synthesizer and Alison
sings. It's not ideal but we wanted to remain as close to the sound of the original
as we could. "
Columist: A Sargeant