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Tim Burgess : White # Gabe Gurnsey Remix

Although it dominated UK airwaves (and my stereo) for much of the ’90s, the movement known as “Britpop” left a pretty poor legacy; very few albums by Brit artists from that period still stand up a decade plus change later, and many of those that do – Radiohead, Spiritualized, Teenage Fanclub, Mogwai – couldn’t be described as “Britpop” anyway. But one band whose songs do still bring a smile to my face are Madchester survivors The Charlatans, whose Tellin’ Stories stands alongside LPs by Blur and Pulp as a prime example of what made a nation fall in love with “real” bands again after years of being bombarded with manufactured production-line pop. On October 1 the group’s frontman Tim Burgess will release a new solo album entitled Oh No I Love You via his own O Genesis Records label; it’s a warm, bouyant country-flavoured affair, written in collaboration with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and featuring an assist list that ranges from impressive (members of Clem Snide and My Morning Jacket, string and horn arrangements from the High Llamas’ Sean O’Hagan) to frankly surprising (lo-fi godfather R. Stevie Moore, Factory Floor’s Nik Colk Void and Gabe Gurnsey). The latter has remixed lead single “White” (you can hear the lovely original here) into an upbeat yet laid-back groove-monster that bears a more-than-slight resemblance to early DFA remixes by Tim Goldsworthy and FF’s label boss James Murphy. It is, quite simply, irresistable.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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