Friday, 20 August 2010

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

Today's track comes courtesy of the Manic Street Preachers. The Manics have always employed the talents of some of the best remixers to add a dance element to their rather earnest polemics to varying degrees of success, The Chemical Brothers did what the Chemical Brothers do to Everything Must Go, not their finest moment if you ask me. Other tracks have been remixed by the likes of Jon Carter, Massive Attack and Felix Da Housekat.

After completion of their last album, Journal For Plague Lovers they decided to let various bands, DJs etc get their hands on the tracks and make of them as was there want. The resulting album, Cooking, Cleaning, Flower Arranging is absolutely brilliant and ridiculously scarce, as only 300 copies were pressed.

With the like of British Sea Power, Saint Etienne and The Fuck Buttons turning in really good tunes but the two stand out tracks are Weatherall's Peeled Apples which has already been featured on this blog and Optimo's (Espacio) Journal For Plague Lovers.What resemblance these tracks bear to the originals I haven't a clue of, as I stopped buying stuff by the Manics long ago and haven't heard the original album.

Optimo  is the alias for DJ Twitch and JG Wilkes , two DJs who have run the Optimo (Espacio) night in the Sub Club in Glasgow since 1997 until April this year.

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers (Optimo (Espacio) mix)

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