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on 10 June 2009
This is an unexpected and out of character dubbed up delight from franz and his lads. A companion piece to the 'normal' release of their latest studio album "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand". It reminds me of eps that were released in the days of pure vinyl alongside the elpees. I especially recall the ep rhat came with XTC's GO 2 and a more dub version with Primal Scream,s "Vanishing Point". The difference is that it's not an extra recording or freebie, I guess it exists in its own right, albeit at a budget price.
The contents are creative, drenched with fx, delay, repeat and echo as you might expect, but in places missing the sonic opportunities that present themselves.
Some of it really captures the spirit ,velocity and vibe of dub ("If I cant have you"-overloaded with Lee Perry stylee sounds and noises). Other times they let the track float and expand, with the bass way up front ("Katherine Hit me"). Throughout there is a tangible sesne of menace perhaps reflecting the title and the drama prevalent on the songs of the 'Tonight' album. Snatches of voice, whispers,cries ,dialogue and melody ("Die on the floor") reminds me of the 70s shebeens (blues clubs) in Bradford, Manchester and Leeds. The only white man in Rochdale Palais- "Feeling Kind of Anxious" and the appropiately titled "Be afraid"
Overall imaginative and brave to take a risk into new territory.
Interesting to compare and contrast alongside the non-dub album, shame it wasn't offered as a freebie.