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

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15 Dic 2009, 21:23

Track: Moses (Spaceland Remix)
Artist: Elizabeth Fraser
Album: Moses EP (single) (27 Nov 09)
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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

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Links:
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http://www.elizabethfraser.com/

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

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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

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

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Comentarios

  • 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
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