You probably know all about The Loudness War but for those that don't it's a term describing the way lots of music these days is compressed and limited at the mastering stage to sound, well, LOUD!
It can actually give you 'listening fatigue', so although it can be really effective on singles, especially for club play, when it comes to albums it can be counter productive.
So I was really pleased when Corsair Records suggested remastering my second album and putting it out as a deluxe version with extended mixes as added extras.
The package comes out at the end of April, and you can buy the remaster of the single CD here
Happy New Year!
First off, I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who's been in touch asking when the third album is coming out...
The answer is I'm still working on it! Yes, it's starting to rival the third Stone Roses album in its gestation, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist and am trying to make sure it's something really special... but at least it's now got a title...
AND it will really be coming out in 2017!
In the meantime, I have actually been putting some new music out under another moniker and it's been quite well received. Long time IDC friend and supporter John Kennedy let the cat out of the bag when he played 'Regal Sounds' on his Radio X show and mentioned that it had something to do with me...
Indeed the Salford Sorcerers are my own work. 'Regal' got a lot of support from Nemone on BBC 6Music too and was also featured on the station's breakfast show and special '6 Recommends Day' event.
There's more to come from the Salford's this year too...
'Sugar Coated Bullet'
2016 Single Release
'The Sun is Always Shining Above The Clouds'
Remastered to bring out the stunning full range of orchestral elements and future-proof dancefloor power, this new version of IDC's second album bucks the trend for 'Loudness War' brickwall limiting and comes complete with a deluxe edition featuring extended 12" mixes and alternative versions.
"A brilliant work full of optimism"
DJ Mag 9/10
New 2016 Single - 'Sugar Coated Bullet'
It's not often that something Mao Tse Tung wrote in his 'little red book' gets used as the title for an innovative dance/alternative track, but that's exactly what 'Sugar Coated Bullet' does, along with using oboes, backwards guitars and tabla drums, so something quite a bit more than a 'paint by numbers' electronic dance track...
'Assemble the Musi8ians'
The mix of hammond organs, powerful drums and dancey groovescalls to mind the work The Chemical Brothers did with The Charlatans but with a big 2015 twist.
Single - 'What's Going On Here?'
A three minute pocket opus with a piano hook that recalls David Holmes' seminal '69 Police' and a warped cello that gives a psychedelic edge. Backed with a live version of 'Imaginary Bones'
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