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July 20th, 2012
Last year, beloved shoegazers Ride reissued their 1991 classic Nowhere to commemorate its 20th anniversary. They will do the same with 1992′s Going Blank Again, as well as the rest of the catalogue – Carnival Of Light, Tarantula, OX4_The Best Of and Smile – on August 20th, via their recently launched imprint, Ride Music.
Ride have uncovered a remix of “Moonlight Medicine” by Portishead, which should date around 1994, when it was featured on their Carnival of Light album, and around the time that Portishead released their groundbreaking debut, Dummy. You can download and stream the track below.
Here’s what Ride bassist Steve Queralt had to say about it…
I remember at the time we wanted to approach a number of the big name DJs to remix the whole EP but were constrained by costs. Paul Oakenfold was extremely expensive. At the same time we had a promo of the first Portishead single which at the time sounded like no other music around, dark, atmospheric and heavy on the bass and drums. I certainly remember being very excited by it as was Loz so they made it onto our very short list of possibles. Thankfully, we pursued them and amazingly they agreed to do it.
The result was almost an education in itself. This is how you remix a song. Get rid of the original performance, take a slice of the vocal track and put your own composition behind it. The only similarities to the original tune are the vocal loop and general tempo. Oh, and the Hammond which was played by Jon Lord anyway so, for us to take any credit would be stretching it a bit.
Having said that, I’m still immensely proud to have the track as part of our catalogue. As a stand alone piece of music it is stunning, not only a cool Ride track but a really great Portishead one too.Tweet