A Blow Up
B Electro Sleep
I picked up the double CD Vertigo from the excellent Vinyl Exchange in Manchester, principally because of the remixes. These were, on the whole, by artists I was very much in to at the time: Jon Tye of MLO fame (and Lo Recordings founder, whose Collaborations compilation [discogs] is just brilliant); Matt Elliot of The Third Eye Foundation; John Roome aka Witchman (and who I honestly had no idea had been in The Orb for few years); and Robert Hampson (Loop, Main etc.)
I was pleasantly surprised by the original track, Fear of Flying, which had shuffling beats and washes of guitar that suggested a mid-point between Seefeel's albums Quique and Succour, which Seefeel themselves skipped, having gone straight from nice jangly shoegazey stuff to harsh experimental noisy stuff in a single bound.
So I bought this release expecting more of the same, as it was released in the same year as Vertigo, and the album Beat from which all the remixes on Vertigo were drawn. I was quite disappointed then, with the bog-standard jungle breakbeat used on Blow Up. It's paired with a fuzzy bass guitar line, and little else happens except for a breakdown where the tempo is halved.
Whilst Blow Up appeared lazy, Electro Sleep makes it look like Alan Wells. A pedestrian electro beat, with a shameless sample of Philip Glass over the top; a sample that is not even in time with the beat. I pondered whether this was deliberate, and supposed to give the music a 'dreamlike' quality. Then I thought, if I'm having to think that, it hasn't worked has it? I should just be writing about its amazing dislocated dreamlike quality.
And I'm not. I'm writing about Alan Wells. He's the current holder of the Scottish Men's 100 metre record, running it in 10.11 in Moscow in 1980. The internet is a marvellous thing, this Bowery Electric record is not.