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Tuesday 7 January 2020

Two Suns Ready To Shine Just For You

Last Thursday The Vinyl Villain posted a review of Bjork's Debut from the NME in 1993. Debut is one of the musical high points of the 90s, a record that is giddily in love with music and possibilities of sound. Producer Nellee Hooper constructed the perfect sonic palette for Bjork's ideas. Songs like There's More To Life Than This, Big Time Sensuality and Violently Happy reflected the club culutre of the times, nights Bjork had spent with 808 State soaking up the music and the spirit of the times. On One Day they produced a real gem, a song that starts out with a little synth part and a giggling child, a beautiful bassline and then a heartbeat kick drum before Ms. Gudmundsdottir swoops in. The part at one minute nine seconds where the song shifts gear is heart-stopping and there are some beautiful little sonic touches- a bent guitar note, some backwards wobbles, a whistle. Bjork meanwhile sings her heart out 'one day/ it will happen/ one day/ it will all make sense' and 'I can feel it'

One Day

Andrew Weatherall and the Sabres Of Paradise boys produced three remixes of One Day. On the Endorphin mix they keep Bjork's vocal but slow things down to a glacial pace with a booming kettle drum underpinnng it.

One Day (Endorphin Mix)


keepingitpeel said...

I love Bjork and bought this album and every single, CD, cassette single, 12" singe, 12" single remix, 12" limited edition, etc... including this particular one by this unfamiliar to me remixer here.

Swiss Adam said...

I can't think of a song/remix connected to Debut that doesn't cut the mustard.

Echorich said...

Far and away my favorite Bjork song from any of her releases.
Debut finds Bjork intersecting with the sounds of Massive Attack and 808 State, managing to a bridge between the two, while sounding completely unique.
Bjork, on Debut, was an antidote to a world becoming less and less concerned with the state of humanity. But by the end of this epic album, Play Dead, reveals just how aware she actually is at the inhumanity of the world.

Brian said...

Was really into Bjork during this period. Great mix, Adam.