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THE MEMORY BAND

Why

THE MEMORY BAND

Why

Gorgeous version of the classic Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards' number (famously remade by Carly Simon).

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FENNESZ

Dont Talk (put Your Head On My Shoulder)

FENNESZ

Dont Talk (put Your Head On My Shoulder)

The Beach Boys flipped inside out with wondrous subtlety and sonic catharsis by Christian Fennesz.

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ALTON ELLIS

It's A Shame

ALTON ELLIS

It's A Shame

The cultural relationship between the USA and Jamaica painted in brilliant colours...

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Alarm Will Sound performs Aphex Twin

Blue Calx

Alarm Will Sound performs Aphex Twin

Blue Calx

Adventurous classical music ensemble taking on this RDJ classic.

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CHROMATICS

Running Up That Hill

CHROMATICS

Running Up That Hill

Cool, woozy, atmospheric cover of this Kate Bush classic.

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MASHA QRELLA

Don´t Stop The Dance

MASHA QRELLA

Don´t Stop The Dance

1980's romance re-imagined by one of the most underrated bands we know, in simple, killer fashion.

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ANDY STOTT

Peace Of Mind

ANDY STOTT

Peace Of Mind

Stripped down cover of Claro Intelecto's peak-time anthem.

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Mayer / Aguayo

Slow

Mayer / Aguayo

Slow

Mayer and Aguayo take on Kylie's slow with a bleepy, rugged emphasis.

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SAMAMIDON

Head Over Heels

SAMAMIDON

Head Over Heels

Bjork and TV on the Radio are big fans, as are we...

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ISAN

Gymnopedies No. 1 (Lent Et Douloureux)

ISAN

Gymnopedies No. 1 (Lent Et Douloureux)

Gentle, simmering pop version of Erik Satie's most recognisable composition.

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Francesco Tristano

Strings of life

Francesco Tristano

Strings of life

Formative techno performed on Piano.

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HELIOS

In Heaven

HELIOS

In Heaven

'In Heaven', from David Lynch's Eraserhead, re-imagined with prepared piano and swelling soundscapes.

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Glass Candy

Computer Love

Glass Candy

Computer Love

One of Kraftwerk's most emotionally involving songs, covered by one of our favourite bands.

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Sly and Robbie

Billie Jean

Sly and Robbie

Billie Jean

Sly & Robbie with this iconic 'version' utilising one of the most recognisable bassline melodies ever...

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 Tracks in love with the cover version”

Cover versions can often be a fantastic device for adventurous music makers to speak in a more colloquial tongue. It doesn't matter how deviant the execution is, the encounter with a familiar melody or hook will speak to even the most casual listener. This selection brings together cover versions that have served us very well over the years, some of them re-contextualising the classics (Fennesz's remarkable take on the Beach Boys' 'Don't Talk'), others shining a light on the brilliant songwriting at the heart of the original (Masha Qrella's version of Brian Ferry's Don't Stop The Dance), while others elicit a wry smile of recognition with just the right mix of humour and reverence (the Mayer/Aguayo take on Kylie's 'Slow'). Despite the familiarity so central to their very notion, cover versions are often at their best when offering an entry point into music from beyond our immediate frame of reference, providing access to that world of new music so many of us crave....

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On 10 Sep 11:10 Shlom said:
http://14tracks.com

“bundling downloads”

cheers for all the comments - it really helps us prioritise upgrades and fixes. We're aware that many of you have asked for the selections to be bundled into one package for downloading purposes, just to let you know that it's on our to-do list along with other nice improvements and features - watch this space!

On 10 Sep 11:43 www.dooks.org said:
http://bovineradio.wordpress.com

“Alarm Will Sound... so lovely”

I absolutely adore the Alarm Will Sound cover, I put in on one of my radio shows at the beginning of this year (see link). The accompanying album is incredibly faithful to other - lets face it - quite hardcore skittering Richard D James numbers. I think quite often covers offer little to the existing platter but this is almost a warm academic exercise. Superb.

On 10 Sep 15:05 Peter Wullen said:
http://peterwullen.blogspot.com/.

“Sly & Robbie... the James Last of reggaedub?”

The once great Sly & Robbie have now become the James Last of reggaedub. Satanicpornocultshop did a dark and very disturbing version of Kylie Minogue's 'Can't get you out of my head' some time ago (worth to track down, surely better then the 'Slow' cover here). Best track of this selection is Andy Stott's reinterpretation of Claro Intelecto.

On 10 Sep 23:34 optiprime said:

“...The Shinehead Bille Jean cover of is better...”

really

On 11 Sep 08:38 sarah epworth said:

“fennesz and alton ellis....”

tracks are incredible. heard a lot about the fennesz trk but never heard it before. is his other music similar?

On 11 Sep 08:41 robert webb said:

“shinehead”

shinehead version is cool bit also overused, i have at least a half dozen compilations with his version on. I second that comment about the Alarm Will Sound vs Aphex Twin track, it's quite exceptional. I love how they've made acoustic bass noises sound so electric. gonna get myself the album if it's all this good....

On 11 Sep 08:44 Joanne J said:

“more please”

love this, cant say i know any of it, but i want to. that carly simon"why" cover is on the money. also love the brian ferry version. forgot i even knew that song....

On 11 Sep 11:06 john woeling said:

“yes, a total keeper”

after buying and playing the chinese selection from last week virtually twice a day for the last week have enjoyed this one very much too, especially the fennesz and helioos. the Samamidon albums come very highly recommended by the way, for those of you who dont know themm.

On 14 Sep 20:09 Grace said:

“Articles”

Why dont you do some editorials which link in to the selections? I remember when the downloads launched and you had the Type one. That was great. Keep up the good work Katters.

On 04 Oct 09:33 xavier said:
http://www.myspace.com/sleevenotes

“wow”

just discovered the 14tracks.com though i've been checking boomkat every week for years.

it is such a great idea! it's so nice to discover new sounds and it's so easy to listen to the tracks!

i'll definitely buy some of your selections. please keep more coming!!!