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- 5055300367358 / Ltd 12" on Tough Love. Edition of 300 copies inc. David Holmes and Factory Floor mixes
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- The Next Life by Girls Names
8/10 Mike Staff review, 30 October 2013
No prizes for guessing who Girls Names are lampooning with the sleeve of their new EP. It’s not lazy, it’s satire...honest!
Stupid sleeve aside, though, the music that’s going on here is pretty good. On side A there’s a single lengthy new track, a plodding bit of dark indie with loud chiming guitar and louche vocals. It bumbles along darkly like Clinic gone a bit Echo and the Bunnymen. I like it a lot actually. It does have a spectacularly weird ending where it just skips to a locked groove seemingly mid-song, briefly making me think the record player was broken. Thankfully it isn’t.
Turn the record over and there’s a couple of very cool remixes - David Holmes takes on ‘The New Life’, adding some exotically breathy samples of a French lady talking and slowing the vocals down to a mogadon slur. Finally 'Projektions' gets a Gabe Gurnsey Factory Floor remix; a minimal techno bumper full of 8-bit bleeps and weird robotised vocal snippets. Both these remixes are really good and so’s the original track on the A side.
7/10 citizenwatt Customer review, 4th November 2013
Couldn't resist the dig, but amazed that you didn't recognise the track you described as "Clinic gone a bit Echo and the Bunnymen" is in fact a rather faithful, yet spirited cover of Eno's classic 'Third Uncle' from 'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)'. The track reminds me a bit of the Early Years tremendous 'Memory Case' EP from a couple of years back. For those not in the know, Belfast's Girls Names sophomore album, "The New Life" - which all three tracks originate from - places them as contemporaries to Factory's early 80s Joy Division apologists, such as The Wake and Belgium's The Names, but with a side order of 'Three Imaginary Boys' era Cure added for good measure. Hope that doesn't sound too derogatory (it wasn't meant to be).
The big attraction for some may be the slowed down David Holmes rerub of the album's title track. Sadly Holmes mix is nothing special - some nice noises, but the original album version is far perkier. In total contrast, the Factory Floor mix has a touch of Throbbing Gristle in a decidedly playful mood (very 'Hot On The Heels of Love') and is less a remix, more a total rethink, with most of the original track left on the cutting room floor. It's really cool mix mind you, and definitely the best thing here. They should have also included Locusts remix of 'Drawing Lines' which has a nice Depeche Mode meets New Order vibe going on, as opposed to the original's 'The Forest' on speed vibe. Fans of Factory Floor should definitely explore, fans of Girls Names will probably hate it!!!
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