Part Eighty-Seven. This weeks five tracks come from Gabriel Stebbing. Former Metronomy bassist & Your Twenties main guy returns with a new solo project – Night Works. Time and destination both play integral parts in Night Work’s debut album, “Urban Heat Islands” – to hear Gabriel describe it, the record derives its power from that very specificity; taking place almost entirely in those milky, pre-dawn hours, its louche cast of the beautiful and the damned partying through the apocalypse, searching for fleeting moments of pleasure even as the world falls down around their heads. “Everything seemed to be in collapse or in recession – free-fall really – while I was writing it”, he says. “It made me think of all the people who are trying to make their way through uncertainty”.
The album also sees Stebbing plunging down very different streets on the pop landscape indeed, taking in glacial synths, off-kilter R&B, offbeat disco and more as he weaves tales borne out of “finding yourself in a foreign city, and meeting characters who are desperate to tell you stories – people who have played high stakes and gambled it all away”. The end result is richly evocative and cinematic in the way it knits together interconnected stories to form a deeply resonant portrait of doomed pleasure seekers standing on the precipice of their own self-annihilation.
Sounds interesting? that’s not all…Phantasy are proud to be releasing and pressing a limited edition vinyl for Night Works. The double AA EP features Erol Alkan’s fantastic brand new extended rework of Long Forgotten Boy & Daniel Avery’s remix of The Eveningtime. Phantasy have remastered Daniel’s remix especially for this release.
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FIVE SONGS YOU MUST HEAR THIS WEEK #87: NIGHT WORKS
ALI FARKA TOURE AND RY COODER-DIARABY
Deep duelling guitars cut from ’94′s Talking Timbuktu
DAVID BOWIE-HEROES (LIVE 1978)
This version is with his ‘Stage’ era who swing it all over the place, incredible – Adrian Belew on lead guitar, a really different touch to Fripp but sounds (and looks) great …
D’ANGELO-UNTITLED/ HOW DOES IT FEEL (LIVE BRIXTON ACADEMY 3RD FEBRUARY 2012)
Amazing lead vocals and just love how English the crowd sound when they sing along at 2:12
I keep coming back to this cover version
THE WOODENTOPS-WHY WHY WHY
Mid-80s Amnesia classic