Friday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

DEPECHE MODE ‘Fragile Tension’ / ‘Hole To Feed’ [Release Date 21/12/2009]
2 x 12”:

This double 12" vinyl edition of Fragile Tension / Hole To Feed features two mixes each of Fragile Tension, Hole To Feed, Perfect and Peace including two exclusive mixes: Fragile Tension – Kris Menace's Love On Laserdisc Remix and Perfect – Ralphi Rosario Dub.

NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS ‘The Road OST’ [Release Date 04/01/2010]

On 4th January 2010, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis release their soundtrack to The Road, a new movie directed by John Hillcoat.

This highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy (author of 'No Country For Old Men') sees Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen leading an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.

An epic post-apocalyptic tale of survival of a father and his young son journeying across a barren America destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of — a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have created an evocative score featuring violin and piano with beautiful fleeting melodies and eerie sound loops filled with terror and suspense.

“The movie is about the loss of things, the absence of things, the lack of things. The lack of the wife/mother is present in every frame of the film. The delicate edifice of the film holds the ache of her absence, tenderly and by the tips of the fingers," explains Cave. "The music was composed as a direct response to the film. A light, haunting, simple score with a sense of absence and loss at its heart."

"When it comes to film soundtracks some creative partnerships have epic potential…Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are a marriage made not so much in heaven as in a captivating kind of underworld" – Metro

2 x NITZER EBB RELEASES [Release Date 25/01/2010]

‘Compilation’ 3CD:

‘Catalogue’ 5CD:

Nitzer Ebb are supporting Depeche Mode for their forthcoming leg of their tour in Jan/Feb. For this we are making available the 2 compilation releases on MUTE – a best of and a remix album together in a slipcase.

Formed in Chelmsford when main protagonists Douglas McCarthy [vocals] and Bon Harris [drums, programming] were just 15, Nitzer Ebb cut a dynamic swathe through the industrial music and Balaeric beat scenes of the 1980s and 90s. They were electro-punks before the genre even existed, at a time when The Prodigy were not even a gleam in fellow Essex boy Liam Howlett's eye.

Militaristic, intimidating yet always accessible, Nitzer Ebb enjoyed a string of ferocious club hits and released five critically acclaimed albums on Mute. From their first-ever single, 1984's 'Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works' through to their final 1995 single 'I Thought', they were a band whose honed aggression, originality and precision were impeccable.

Artists lined up to cite them as a major influence, or less honourably, simply exploiting the Ebb's musical template for their own individual gain. Whilst such a situation may be a cause of great annoyance to most bands, the Ebb maintain a healthy level of stoicism. As they say, "That's the problem with being ahead of the game – the pioneers get the arrows and the settlers get the land."

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