Saturday, 26 November 2011

Seasonal Affective Disco - #1

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of Work Them's Seasonal Affective Disco. Remember, anything you express here is completely confidential amongst the group.

I often find myself musing, like a shit observational stand up comedian, "What if Jesus had been born in June?" Winter is inarguably miserable. Some of you might disagree, but as I said, 'inarguably', so therefore it is decided. The arrival of Christ coincided with our climate's most unequoivically grim time of year, and without the pomp, circumstance and selection boxes he has gifted us, what would we have to look forward to? We've put together a selection of winter-not-Christmas music to pump through your ears in an effort to stay sane on a Saturday whilst walking down Market Street. Although, we fear our selections may not be enough...

Of course, like all records currently stemming from the bass music genre, whoever has uploaded our first choice, has also included an accompanying photo of a sexxxayyyy lady who also likes music. It's bit of an off trend, but is at least honest in it's connection between young men interested in experimental electronica and young men interested in hopelessly masturbating. Synergy.

The alias of a well-known and much respected producer off of the clubs and the radios, Juk Juk's Winter Turns Spring is unfortunately a good 4 or 5 months early from maximum relevance at this point, but it's a subtle, strange and warm record that manages to encompass it's title without wearing shorts to walk the shop at the end of February. It also has a fantastic kick of fuzz half way through that may knock both pairs of your socks off.

 Another record courtesy of two producers operating under a different alias, although the identities of this pair are admittedly a little better known, Winter in June from Beyond The Wizards Sleeve is a reliably atmospheric slice of psychedelia overlayed with the vocals of a kindly gardener interview by a journalist. I've competely forgotten the source of the sample, but this is a pleasantly optimistic record that's also full of handy tips for maintaing a garden througout a harsh winter, if you were to need them.

Winter Beats was the lead single from I Break Horses, which sounds like a ketamine fuelled rave with no commercial future, but are in fact a feedback laden indie band with no apparent interest in the stuff. Back upon it's release in August, this sounded less relevant than it does as I type, in the dark, at 4PM. It contains just the right measure of both winter and beats for my money (For transparency, that's pproximately 35:65 beats:winter)

Nicolas Jaar will certainly be getting more than a few plays from us at Work Them. Adept at handling both weird electronica, gentle piano led ballads and disco bangers, this frosty and emotive remix of The Bee's Winter Rose has just come out of our seasonal record retirement box. Unfortunately, the accompaying photo here is markedly less sexy than that of Juk Juk. I don't know why when otherwise faceless DJs and producers get an opportunity to do some photos, they'll always lean up against something and pretend not to give two bloody hoots.

Work Them starts this Friday at Manchester's Kraak Gallery, just off Stevenson Square. If you fancy it, or you need further details and devices of persuasion, do us a favour and let us know at our Facebook event here.

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