Thursday, October 30, 2008


CMJ had no shortage of highlights, but perhaps the best pairing of the week came when two of the UK's finest new electro acts, The Whip and Late of the Pier, made their stateside debuts at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last Wednesday. Between the mechanical brilliance of the Whip's crushing synths and the over-the-top spectacle of Late of the Pier, it was one of the more lethal one-two punches the week had on tap and another reminder of just how many untouchable singles the Pier's Fantasy Black Channel has to offer. The way in which the shockingly young four-piece recontextualize familiar parts - the Gary Numan synths and Zeppelin-esque chorus of "Bathroom Gurgle", the Hendrix-inspired guitar breakdown of "Heartbeat" - in a wholly original new setting is amazing on record and something even more special to behold live, and you get the feeling this is a band who's only just begun to tap into their seemingly boundless potential. And speaking of "Bathroom Gurgle", the single that served as the band's schizophrenic statement of intent when they burst onto the scene with Moshi Moshi a year ago saw a beefed up re-release this week complete with a flurry of big name remixes. Enjoy its fruits in the form of Filthy Dukes' faithful reimagination of the track below.

MP3: "Bathroom Gurgle" (Filthy Dukes Remix) - Late of the Pier

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