February 12th, 2007


Messing with Major Joe

At the end of January Kamal Ackarie, an artist I met at a Blow de la Barra opening last summer, sent me a mail about a box set of singles he plans to release, a sort of tribute to the music of the early 1980s.

Kamal was asking artists to cover tracks that had influenced them in some way. A dream ticket would involve Ryoji Ikeda doing, for instance, "Back in Black" by AC/DC, Carsten Nicolai doing Madonna's "Music", Fennesz doing AHA's "Hunting High and Low", and so on.

I said I'd like to do David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes", but do it as a collaboration with Joe Howe from Germlin and Gay Against You. Joe, luckily, agreed. So I've been doing vocals and some instrumental stuff for our collaboration, and I have my own version of the track which Joe will be working on. He's totally free to throw away, add or alter whatever he wants, so it's going to sound nothing like this when it's done. He'll use different drums, for a start, and maybe even put them in time! Or even more out of time!

But I thought I'd sling up the demo here today just to let you hear the work in progress. It's going to sound totally different when it's finished. I'm hoping it'll blow this one out of the water.

Momus (pre-Germlin) Ashes to Ashes demo (stereo mp3 file, 4mins 7secs, 3.8MB)