Ahead of their UK tour next month, Working Men’s Club digital deluxe edition of ‘Fear Fear’ is out now!
Featuring ‘Fear Fear’ album tracks remixed by Toddla T, Charla Green, Ross Orton, Diessa and Forgemasters. Titled ‘The Steel City EP’ – it reflects the sound of Sheffield and the influence on the band by bringing together five of the cities most innovative producers to remix tracks from the album.
Originally an exclusive CD for Sheffield’s finest record shop Bear Tree when purchasing ‘Fear Fear’ – all tracks are now available digitally to stream or download.
First up, ‘Money Is Mine’ sees Toddla T sets the track to a full on klonking two step rhythm; next, Charla Green turns the album’s title track into a relentless drum ’n’ bass groove built around a single sinister vocal line. The band’s longtime studio collaborator and prolific Sheffield producer Ross Orton turns Ploys into a vocoder led alien electro workout while Hope Works resident Diessa brings the industrial noise to ‘Rapture’ to create a track that sounds like a symphony being played out at night by automated factory machines. Finally, on The Last One, Forgemasters (aka Winston Hazel and Robert Gordon, creators of the peerless Track With No Name – the first release on Warp) splice a snarling buzzsaw guitar riff and a lo-slung bassline to the kind of celestial orchestration that Vangelis brought to the Blade Runner soundtrack.
The remixers said of their versions:
Charla Green: “It was lovely to work on a remix for Working Men’s Club and put a Jungle twist on it. Sheffield’s music scene has a lot to offer so it’s nice to see alternative scenes working together. I’ve also loved Heavenly Recordings for a long time so that was a bonus.”
Ross Orton: “Not done a remix in ages but getting asked to remix the mighty WMC felt like a buzz. Here’s my wobbly take on a very heavy “future” Sheffield style classic!”
Toddla T: “As the original version stank of Sheffield, I wanted to do something that I would be itching to play in a set back home, particularly at Kabal or if I wasn’t in attendance something that I know Winnie or Pipes would draw for which was made for the dancefloors of Sheffield”
Forgemasters: “We think this remix has taken the song to another level of spirituality. May the Fonk be with you”.
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