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the 2015 return of Black Tape For A Blue Girl
02 marmalade cat MILLY MIX BY STEVE JONES | MP3 Clip
03 rotten zurich cafe VALERIE GENTILE MIX
04 tell me you’ve taken another MARTYR MIX BY ANDROID LUST
05 in dystopia UNWOMAN MIX | MP3 Clip
06 caught by a stranger MILLY MIX BY STEVE JONES
07 feel your pulse quicken STEVE ROACH MIX
08 love song STEVE ROACH MIX
09 istrike AS LONELY AS DAVE BOWMAN MIX
10 perfectpurity SAM ROSENTHAL MIX
11 inch worm ATTRITION MIX
12 caughtstranger SAM ROSENTHAL MIX | MP3 Clip
13 zurichstrings SAM ROSENTHAL MIX
14 halo star (2013) BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL
WITH ERIK WØLLO | MP3 Clip
This releases is limited to 1000 copies. 10 are still available in an über-limited edition hand-sewn furry slipcase edition (not REAL fur, it’s man-made).
27 years into their career, Black Tape For A Blue Girl keeps it interesting with Tenderotics, 14 remixed and reimagined versions of tracks off their recent 10 Neurotics album. Remixers Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Android Lust, Unwoman, Steve Jones, Attrition, Valerie Gentile, and Sam Rosenthal approach the pieces with fresh ears, creating reinterpretations more electronic and edgy than the originals.
The Milly Mix of “Marmalde Cat” is trip-hop meets fur and lust… strip-hop! Comparisons with Groove Armada and Ben Watt, but darker and more sensual. This mix dives into the multi-track and pulls out elements and pushes them to the front such as the slinky, feline bass line. In fact, the cover image is Blacktape songwriter Sam Rosenthal with model Narcissa, taken from the in-progress video for “Marmalade Cat (milly mix)”
All the tracks luxuriate in the vocals, letting Laurie’s passionate purr, Nicki’s cynical growl, and Athan’s croon shine.
Ambient artist Erik Wøllo helps reinvent two tracks, but instead of taking the music into space, he brings it to a pop/electronica place. Adding rhythm, groove, and deep analog electronic sounds, it’s a catchy and sensual version of Black Tape For A Blue Girl on display here. Imagine, touching, comfort, adrenaline, whispers and intimacy, an ebb and flow of sensations.
Tenderotics evolved in two parallel directions. Some tracks are instrumental, ambient reprocessing but those are surrounded by an electronic/modern pop approach. It keeps you on your toes.
Sam writes: For the last few years, I’ve thought about creating a remix/reprocessing project based on my 10 Neurotics album. Every now and then, I would bring a song up on the computer, listen to the tracks, and discover I was quite excited by reimagining these songs. When I’m in the process of recording & mixing, my brain has ONE GOAL for a song, and it has to be that way. Giving the songs time and space, I began hearing other elements – seeing other possibilities.
In 2009, when Steve Roach and I were processing the vocals in The Timeroom, he’d comment about an interesting texture or vocal in the mix, so it was very natural to ask Steve to try out a few tracks. I was excited by the subtle and luscious mixes he came back with. The people at Industry9 asked for an exclusive track for the More Than Nine Lives compilation; I created the belly-dance-friendly “CaughtStranger.” Next I asked Erik Wollo to give the album a listen and see if there was something he’d like to try. I expected his mix to be sort of soundtracky; instead he revamped “The Perfect Pervert” by adding more of a beat and a electro-pop sound. Wow, this is getting interesting! I made some more mixes myself and asked Android Lust to give an edgier sheen to the rockin’ track “Tell Me You’ve Taken Another.”
Then my friend Steve Jones (of Area & The Arms of Someone New) sent me his “Milly Mix” of “Marmalade Cat.” On first listen, I was a bit surprised, it was definitely more erotic than tender, with a beat and a certain sensual quality. After a few listens, it really grew on me. It wasn’t the kind of song I would imagine creating in Blacktape, but it had all the elements I like in my music. Melody, personality, aural excitement. This mix dives into the multi-track, and pulls out elements and pushes them to the front, such as the slinky, feline bass line. And it luxuriates in the vocals, letting Laurie’s beautiful purr shine.
I asked Steve to describe the song, and he wrote: “It’s trip-hop meets fur and lust… strip-hop… comparisons with Groove Armada and Ben Watt, but darker and more sensual … I imagine purring, touching, comfort, adrenaline, whispers and intimacy, an ebb and flow of sensations.”
“Marmalade Cat” is about a woman who enjoys her second skin of Marmalade fur, she wishes society would let her be. The original is about the desire to be left alone, permitted to enjoy life as she imagine it, rather than as we’re all so often told we should be. The “Milly Mix” puts a focus on the hotness of the song, not the drama. It dwells in her sensual kitty alter-ego. It’s definitely furry fandom, adorable, sexy, cuddly, sneaky…. Listening to the song, I was inspired to begin work on a video. You can get involved here at Kickstarter.
Over the course of time, Tenderotics evolved in two separate directions. The initial instrumental/reprocessing idea and a more electronic / modern pop approach to things. It’s kind of interesting and dichotic that way. Keepin’ me on my toes. I like that.
There will be a Deluxe edition of Tenderotics in a limited edition hand-sewn furry slipcase (not REAL fur, it’s man-made).