Fractured Recordings [UK]
10 x 7″ vinyl box set / numbered edition of 500
What happens when you ask 20 electronic artists, each renowned for their own inimitable style, to cover a song from the past that holds particular significance to them? Recovery is a series of cover versions, tributes and appropriations of classic hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s from the following artists:Richard Chartier and coH, Fennesz, Jason Forrest, Robert Henke, Jenny Hoyston's Paradise Island, Ryoji Ikeda, Johann Johannsson, Robert Lippok featuring Caroline Thorpe, Momus with Germlin, Matmos, Barbara Morgenstern, BJNilsen, Alva Noto, People Like Us with Ergo Phizmiz, snd, Susan Stenger, J.G.Thirlwell, Carter Tutti, Mika Vainio, :Zoviet*France:
a collector's limited edition box set.
20 cover versions.
10 x 7" vinyl.
numbered edition of 500.
designed by Graham Dolphin.
mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin
BJNilsen's cover of Joy Division's "Heart and Soul"
c/w People Like Us + Ergo Phizmiz's cover of Wings' "Mull of Kintyre"
Fennesz's cover of A-ha's "Hunting High And Low'
c/w :Zoviet*france:'s cover of Motörhead's "Bomber"
Ryoji Ikeda's cover of AC/DC's "Back In Black"
c/w Mika Vainio's cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"
Robert Henke's cover of Alan Parsons' "Lucifer"
c/w Susan Stenger's cover of The Knack's "My Sharona"
Jenny Hoysten's Paradise Island's cover of Buffy Ste. Marie's "Dream Tree"
c/w alva noto's cover of Afrika Bambaata's "Planet Rock"
Matmos' cover of Bow Wow Wow's "C30, C60, C90, Go!"
c/w Barbara Morgenstern's cover of New Order's "Temptation"
Carter Tutti's cover of Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam"
c/w Robert Lippok and Caroline Thorpe's cover of Wham!'s "Freedom! '90"
snd's track inspired by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"
c/w Richard Chartier & CoH's cover of Soft Cell's "Bleak is My Favourite Cliché"
Momus and Germlin's cover of David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes"
c/w Jason Forrest's cover of 10cc's "Damn Love"
J.G. Thirlwell's cover of The Normal's "Warm Leatherette"
c/w Jóhann Jóhannsson's cover of OMD's "Souvenir"
... In the best tracks here you can hear a sense of discovery and the fresh crackle of energy that comes from two aesthetics colliding. Richard Chartier makes highly detailed microsound pieces, and Russian producer/composer CoH is too prolific to pin down, though he has a fondness the harsh and noisy. But they come together on for a version of Soft Cell's "Bleak Is My Favorite Cliché", slowing the original to half-speed, adding some mechanized hum, and whispering the lyrics. It feels like isolationism/dark ambient soundscaping mixed with proper goth, and the effect is thrilling.