|Smith & Mudd — Le Suivant (Japanese Version) (2009)|
Smith & Mudd — Le Suivant (Japanese Edition)
Location: United Kingdom
Album release: May 12 - Media Factory Japan/Zoom // June 1st, 2009
Record Label: Claremont 56 – FAMC 018 / C56LP01
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Gatefold / CD
Style: Downtempo / Disco / Other / World & Country / Instrumental
01 New Sofa 2:52
02 Genoa / Flute – Tamar Osborne; Mixed By – Mark Rayner 5:36
03 Little Millie / Cello – Robin Lee; Flute – Tamar Osborne 4:18
04 The Delivery Man 5:31
05 Le Suivant / Cello – Robin Lee; Sitar – Dave Noble 4:42
06 Two Rivers / Mixed By – Mark Rayner; Vocals – Huw Costin 5:58
07 Ninety Three / Cello – Robin Lee 5:47
08 Wem 3:58
09 The Waiting 3:38
10 Annette Road / Harmonica, Dulcimer – Benjamin Henry Edwards 4:55
11 24/7 (Recloose Mix) Remix – Recloose 6:31
12 Vegetable Square (Idjut Boys Mix - 17 Min Version) Remix – Idjut Boys 17:13
≡ Artwork – Ben Kehoe, Mudd
≡ Cello – Robin Lee (tracks: 3, 5, 7)
≡ Flute – Tamar Osborne (tracks: 2, 3)
≡ Harmonica, Dulcimer – Benjamin Henry Edwards (tracks: 10)
≡ Liner Notes [Sleevenotes] – Moonboots
≡ Mastered By – Yuichi Yoshida
≡ Mixed By – Mark Rayner (tracks: 2, 6)
≡ Photography By – Ian Williams (7)
≡ Sitar – Dave Noble (tracks: 5)
≡ Written-By – Huw Costin (tracks: 6)
≡ Written-By, Producer – Ben Smith, Paul N. Murphy
≡ CD comes in Digipak.
≡ Distributed by Media Factory Inc. Japan.
≡ Individually numbered out of 500 with a silver marker in the bottom left of the back cover. (First 50 are numbered in gold marker) / About Me:
Benjamin James Smith / Website 1: http://www.claremont56.com
Website 2: http://www.benjaminjamessmith.co.uk
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≡ As with the first album there's more to Smith and Mudd than a few pretty deep house tracks. We start with 'New sofa' a lovely mid-afternoon, pastis drinking, ambient piece before entering 'Genoa's gentle tribal drums and chants, another classic Smith & Mudd bassline. 'Little Millie' comes next, a totally infectious latin groove and what a guitar line! The flute solo ain’t bad either.
≡ ‘The delivery man' does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering a killer groove, rolling percussion and an infectious guitar lick. The album title track then heads off into spookier territories - feel the sitars. Psyche-balearic anyone? My personal favourite. 'Two Rivers' drops next with it’s Ashra-vibed guitars layered over another epic bass line. Also it features the first vocals of the CD. A direction I can definitely see S&M taking in the future and perfect for those summer holidays to come. ‘Ninety three’ is a spaced out, slo-mo killer with a cheeky little GET UP vocal refrain. It’ll sound great at 6am with the sun rising over the Adriatic.
≡ 'Wem' gets it's second airing on CD after debuting on a compilation last year. It’s companion piece, 'The Waiting' is probably the greatest Cafe del Mar sunset track you've never heard (unless you bought the super ltd 7”). There’s a distinct eastern flavour to this beauty.
≡ Finally, 'Annette Road's' Betty Blue-esque harmonicas bring a suitably gentle end to a truly lovely listening experience.
≡ Two years on from their "Blue River" debut, (Benjamin) Smith & Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy are back with a second long player of delightful Balearic bliss. The pair are seasoned producers, so there's no chance of any 'difficult second album' problems, with "Le Suivant" a treat from start to finish. The set opens with the soothing sounds of "Genoa", which slips us nicely into the Barrio tinted Latino groover "Little Millie". ≡ Chuggers like "Wem", "The Delivery Man" and "Ninety Three”"you’re after then the rain-soaked harmonica lines on "Annette Road", Indo-psychedelia of "Le Suivant", gentle acoustic "New Sofa" and beautiful pastoral cut "The Waiting" are sure to warm your heart. The album closes with "Two Rivers" – as sublime a White Isle sunset soundtrack as you're likely to find this side of the Channel.
Ben Smith and Paul "Mudd" Murphy
≡ Cheekily entitled Le Suivant ("The Next One" in English), the album sees the duo come together to work their collaborative magic in the studio yet again, with a few new people drafted in the help out. Faze Action's Robin Lee even lends his cello skills to the record, whilst the usual cast of friends and session musicians have fleshed out the tracks with all sorts of instrumentation. As with their previous work, Le Suivant sees the duo venture away from their more dancefloor-oriented material to create a lush summer soundtrack, mixing influences from folk, jazz, disco and even Indian music. As with most of the vinyl releases on Mudd's Claremont 56 imprint, the LP version will be limited to just 500 copies, so wax addicts should act quickly if they fancy a slice of sunkissed melodicism to sup their cocktails to over the summer months. We caught up with Mudd by e-mail to ask him about the recording sessions and his future plans for Claremont 56.
≡ You use quite a few session musicians on the record, right?
≡ Yes, we worked with some fabulous musicians on this one. You can play all the instruments on soft synths but there's nothing like recording the real thing by someone who's played the instrument all their lives. It was great to finally work with Robin (Lee of Faze Action) who I've admired for a long time - the cello is such a beautiful instrument to record.
≡ How does your approach to production differ when you're working with Ben?
≡ It's more instant with Ben as he can play most instruments and the start idea can come from either one of us. If I'm working on my own I usually get the track rolling and then get some session musicians in to develop it. Ben has a completely different background to me so his references will come from folk or rock and mine will come from electro/disco etc.
≡ Le Suivant - is it balearic?
≡ Hopefully it's just nice music.
≡ What's on the horizon for Claremont 56?
≡ Originals 3 is nearly ready (compiled by Sean P), Prins Thomas is remixing a couple of tracks from the album and the Fist Of Facts release is about to come out. I'm also starting a sub label called Claremont, which will just be for live bands.
≡ Fortaken: http://www.residentadvisor.net
|Smith & Mudd — Le Suivant (Japanese Version) (2009)|