[My Gang] Elizabeth Fraser - Moses (Spaceland Remix) : Reco of the Week 15 Dec 09


15 Dic 2009, 21:23

Track: Moses (Spaceland Remix)
Artist: Elizabeth Fraser
Album: Moses EP (single) (27 Nov 09)
Tags: , , , ,
Video: Click the pic...

YouTube, audio upload

It was going to take something special I had to tell everyone about to get me back into writing these, and this is it.

Moses is the first single from Elizabeth Fraser in a decade and wouldn't have been released at all if her close friend, Jake Drake-Brockman, hadn't tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident in September.

The song was recorded some time ago with Damon ReeceMassive Attack's drummer, and her partner of more than a decade – and Jake Drake-Brockman.

Jake was keyboardist with Echo & the Bunnymen as well as with BOM and The Hook ‘Em Boys; he was also a highly respected sound engineer for the BBC.

Elizabeth Fraser and Damon Reece in a statement said that:

the passing of such a wonderful man and great friend cannot go unmarked.

A talented musician, a technical genius/blagger, a jack-of-all-trades and master of many, Jake was a vibrant reminder to us all of what it is to be alive. His lust for life, keen intellect and Dunkirk spirit were a beacon of light in a world that is rapidly fading into mediocrity and convenience. As unique and individual as the classic motorcycles he loved so much, Jake was the last of the Mohicans. The Earth is a duller planet without him.

All proceeds from the sale are going to Jake's family.

The Massive Attack influence is unmistakable in the single; trip-hop dub rhythms featuring an Eastern European accordian with archaic choral samples.

There are two remixes. The first is from Welsh producer Timothy LewisThighpaulsandra project, which expands on the ethnic aspect of the original’s accordians whilst maintaining the tempo and rhythm structure.

The second is the one I have recommended today, from ex-Alpha Andy Jenks under his spaceland guise. It begins with drama, introducing sparkling bells that lift the melancholy. Overall though, it doesn’t deviate too far from the original. Fraser is upfront and reverbed a little bit more in the mix, this time set in front of a more organic-sounding James Bond, noir backing track.

I didn't know the background when I found the track by accident in We7. At first I was confused; I thought I'd heard every track Elizabeth Fraser had ever released. Was this another one of those one-offs everyone else knows about before I do?

Listening, there are subtle signs of maturity, though not markedly so. It seems Elizabeth Fraser is one of those few lucky singers who get to keep their voice intact. The purity is evident in the middle of the Spaceland Remix, in the oohs and aahs that could have easily have been recorded decades ago.

I will try and find more festive songs that aren't obviously so over the next few weeks. Rest assured, it will be a Slade-free zone. Nothing wrong with a bit of Slade, but Christmas is for grown-ups too, not just those still at school.

Babs My Gang

Reco of the Week archives

The Guardian
Rough Trade

Disclaimer: written because I wanted to.

Admin: Stats as of this week:

Last.fm listeners of this track - 317
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 765
Position in Last 7 Days: 3 / 115
Position in Last 6 Months: n / a

Date Added: November 29, 2009
Views: 701, Ratings: 8, Comments: 2, Favourited: 8 times

Stats after 7 days:

Last.fm listeners of this track - 396
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 986
Position in Last 7 Days: 3 / 107
Position in Last 6 Months: n / a

Views: 889, Ratings: 11, Comments: 4, Favourited: 12 times

292 Unique Visitors
337Page Views

Unique Visitors
Page Views

Envíos aceptados
Addicted to Last.fm, i'm not anti-social, i just enjoy my music., Ashes To Ashes, I Want Your Radio, Extensive Musical Taste, We Love Last.Fm Painted Black, Female Voices, Twitter, The Group That Carries Music Everywhere They Go, Even To Places They're Not Supposed…, Downtempo, Ambient music fans, Next Big Things - NBTs, Electronic Music, New Age and Ambient, AngelicVoices, People who believe that they can beat a MILLION plays before life beats them, Radiohead is our top artist, We Love Weird Voices!, Ethereal, The Eighties Habit, Tea Drinkers, i'd die without music, Electronica, The Indie Bicycle, The Indie Group, Open Minded Music Freaks, For people who cant go through a day without hearing a single song., People who believe in magic rainbows because theyre optimists, Duyster, Group Owners, Non-Elitist Electro and Gothic Music Fans, Pop is Love, Swirly Goth, Addicted to electronic music, The Old Masters Of Electronic Music, NO boundaries Music, Pretty Music, Freedom Of Music, INFP, Sad Music, Portishead and Beth Gibbons, StumbleUpon, Protest against the rising tide of conformity, JAGJAGuwar, Deep Listening, Very Cunning Music for not so Cunning People, Synesthesia, I don't care what you think about my music taste., Chez Musinum, The Mothership of Electronic Music, People who can enjoy ANY kind of music, music is bigger than me, it's about the music, not about the genre, Stop the Alphabet Journals!, Old People, New Music, Experimental Pop, StumbleUpon Last.fm, music to fall asleep to, I Listen To Everything, Late Night Cruising Sensations, Fairy Tales, Folklore, and the like..., Being in a lot of groups makes you hip, my friends don't like my music, I have way to much music for my own good, Good Taste Only, One Group Fits All!, Children of the 70's who still listen to lots of music., those who just can't get enough of music, No Ordinary Music, friends with completely different taste of music, a place to be reasonable, Intellectual Music, ENTP, Signs of the Zodiac - Scorpio, The Library of Babel, We love long and extensive profiles!, Not Typical Music Recommendation, Puddlegum, Diversity Is Good!, 5000+ artists, Night music, Writing is Art, TASTE!, Weekly Album Appreciation Club, I'm a friggin cheapskate!, best music, I Still Buy Music, The Motherworld of New and Avant-Garde Music, I Will Go Out of My Way To Step On That Crunchy-Looking Leaf, King's and Queen's Pop, Stumbleupon Users, Spy Music, United groups network, Music Nerds, UK Music Bloggers, 2000+ artists, Chef Musinum, Debonair esprit, Music you want added to last.fm, music addict, Genius Loci, Music Discovery, Good Listener, Moominland, completely perfect taste in music, Music Reviews and Reviewers, My track of the week, The Last.fm Diversity Revolution, Serious Music Critics, Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums, <3 Crochet <3, The Group Group, sad mood, For those who don't sleep enough due to staying up late at night for no apparent…, Central Point: where artists and listeners meet, My Gang, Gorgeous, newBlip, I Still Buy CDs, Darkwave Music, brothers! sisters! small boats of fire are falling from the sky., gypsy music, destroying bedtime one hour at a time, People who can't stop listening to music, Emotional Electronic, Insomniacs Against Bedtime, Happy because of Small Things, Beautiful easy listening IDM, La Avant-Garde, twilight music, Heavenly Voices, Cocteau Twins, This is not a Group, Pixies Palace, People who like a new band or a new genre every week, Stop tagging everything 'indie' !, This Mortal Coil, A group for people who consider their taste in music worthy of mention, and who are…, This Goop Only Consists To Halve The Blessed Dialectic, Maybe - Oh Myriad!, radio kb7clx, Subscribers and their tag radio stations, the last.fm melting pot, Female Vocals, Last.fm has made me more whole, The Radio Room, people who wear watches on right hand, Music 2.0, Synthpop, Scrobble for Spotify, People who don't think japanese music is weird and have got an extraordinary…, spotify, darker than the deepest sea..., Music for the head, Autumn Lovers, Gogol Bordello, Obscure Music Recommendations, People With A Great Taste In Music., Genre Breakers, Real Indie, Klezmer, People who are online a questionable amount, and may or may not be addicted to the…, Real Journal Entries, Yes Im Awesome, Music saves my soul. ♥, Genre-free tags!, Multi-Genre Music Fans, The Knitting Circle, Music for Insomniacs, Shiny Happy People Who Love Amazing Music and Love Sunshine <3, Indie Electronica, The Motherworld of Popular Music, babble, Group Leaders, The Motherworld of Traditional Music, I like Daisy's, 7000+ artists, I Like Shiny Things, The Great Gathering, Pixies Palace Park, We depend on our aggregators, Contemporary Music, Off Topic Bonanza, I want your Playlist, Over 40, Scorpius, the most wanted, Scrobble purists, Vinyl CD or Download, Does Music Influence Your Lifestyle?, Streamable Track Wants


  • rwitte

    First off, welcome back. [quote]O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He chortled in his joy.[/quote] The reco is lovely too!

    16 Dic 2009, 8:23
  • Pixieguts

    thanks Babs, fantastic!!

    16 Dic 2009, 9:45
  • Babs_05

    Hey guys, thanks for the comments and compliments!

    16 Dic 2009, 17:48
  • IanAR

    I've been missing these, Babs - Thanks for this! I've put on the remix. I find the drums - esp' snare - shockingly up-front, on the 30 sec' "Moses" preview, which might be an artifact of the preview or my being unused to this setting for her voice, I look forward to hearing the whole thing. I also love the pic's of Elizabeth you've included - she looks great! x

    16 Dic 2009, 18:19
  • Babs_05

    Thanks, Ian. I was going to add that tag too, thanks for reminding me. We7 have all the tracks, if you want to try there.

    16 Dic 2009, 18:25
  • double-thumb

    Thanks to let me know...I ADORE Liz Fraser. She still has that incredible sparkle in her blue eyes. I wish I could meet her one day.

    9 Ene 2010, 23:51
  • Babs_05

    You're welcome. She does have beautiful blue eyes. And I love her hair! Thanks for your comment.

    10 Ene 2010, 18:06
Ver todos (7)
Dejar un comentario. Entra en Last.fm o regístrate (es gratis).