Part Thirty-Five. This week’s five songs come from one of the most respected producers and in demand remixers in the UK at the moment – Ewan Pearson. Ewan has been making records since 1995. He has recorded as Maas for Soma, releasing six singles and an album, ʻLatitudeʼ, and under a number of other guises including World of Apples and, currently, Partial Arts for Cologne’s legendary Kompakt label. His remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Seelenluft, Cortney Tidwell, Foals and Junior Boys are considered classics of the form and have been compiled on ‘Small Change’ (Soma, 2001) and 2007’s !K7 2CD retrospective ‘Piece Work’. His production credits include Delphic’s ‘Acolyte’, Tracey Thorn’s solo albums ‘Out Of The Woods’ and ‘Love And Its Opposite’, The Rapture’s ‘Pieces of the People We Love’ and M83’s ‘Saturdays=Youth’.
A published academic and lecturer at the tender age of 27 (‘Discographies: dance music, culture and the politics of sound’ (Routledge, 1999) with Jeremy Gilbert), Ewan Pearson is a frequent speaker at festivals and conferences around Europe, he writes a column for Germany’s ‘Groove’ magazine and his ‘Enthusiasm’ blogs send readers hot-footed to record stores in their droves. A regular at clubs from We Love Space to Panoramabar and a resident at Robert Johnson and The Loft, his sets – like the rest of his career – defy easy categorisation, marrying the independent and the underground with a pop sensibility that’s all his own. The first track from a new project ‘Bhutan Tiger Rescue’ (with Julian ‘October’ Smith) was featured on the new Kompakt Pop Ambient 2011 compilation. He has produced and mixed most of Flowers and Sea Creatures’ debut album for Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly, a single for Oxford’s Trophy Wife and is currently working on Footprintz’ debut album for Visionquest…
Erol Alkan & Boys Noize ft. Jarvis Cocker – Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)
Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
Simone Fedi – Bitter Devotion
Jullian Gomes – Love Song 28
Tracey Thorn – Swimming
(click here for Ewan’s complete discography)
#35 Five songs you must hear this week: Ewan Pearson
TEJADA AND MAXWELL-DOMEROCKER (ROLAND M. DILLS ‘TWANGBANG’ REMIX)
A great bit of psychedelic Cologne techno that sounds like a lost Kompakt classic. I can’t stop playing this.
This is just a lovely naive bit of dance-pop from Montreal – I’ve heard most of their forthcoming album for Seth Troxler’s Visionquest label and it’s gorgeous.
BURNT FRIEDMAN AND JAKI LIEBEZEIT FEAT DAVID SYLVIAN-THE LIBRARIAN
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit feat. David Sylvian – The Librarian by Anders Bersten
The best drummer alive, still making amazing music many years after Can split. David Sylvian singing on this one. Sublime.
MARK HOLLIS-THE COLOUR OF SPRING
This, along with Talk Talk’s ‘Laughing Stock’, has just been re-issued. It’s quiet, stark and was apparently recorded live to 2-track in the studio. Hollis has famously given up releasing music since this album and as much as I respect that decision, sometimes you feel there ought to be someway of coercing him into continuing; bribery, blackmail, something?