Blancmange Living On The Ceiling (Roman Flugel Remixes) “When I was asked to put my hands on the original tracks of Blancmange I was instantly excited. They were one of my favourite Bands when I grew up as a teenager in the 80’s. Listening to their music walking around with my Walkman back then was adventurous. Mainly because I was already in love with the aesthetics of synthesisers and drum machines. But also because it was unusual pop music with an extraordinary energy that made it in the charts. Remixing a favorite Band is challenging but I’ve tried to keep the free spirits and playfulness in my mix that makes Blancmange still so special after all these years” – Roman Flügel Roman Flügel remixes the cult 1980s classic that is ‘Living On The Ceiling’, and the result is a killer, off-kilter slice of club-focussed machine funk that contains the same wonderfully bizarre cocktail of traits, that Blancmange always boasted in spades. Eerie and schizophrenic but also both bright and triumphant. Also features the original and sought after extended mix. The first in a new series of ‘London Records Remixed’ releases on 12” and digital. Now at it’s new home as part of the Because Music Group the London Records catalogue is being revisited by pioneering, contemporary electronic producers. London Music Stream Ltd 12"
Blancmange The Blanc Tapes London Records are releasing a limited edition vinyl boxset of Blancmange’s first three albums – Happy Families (1982), Mange Tout (1984) and Believe You Me (1985). Each release includes the original album (remastered), plus B-sides, extended versions, remixes, previously unreleased tracks and demos. Happy Families, released in 1982, feels like a fully-formed electronic pop classic. Highlights include ‘Living On The Ceiling’ (a striking #7 hit in ’82 thanks to its mix of electronics with tabla and sitar), the melancholia of ‘Waves’, ‘Feel Me’s call-and-response electro-funk, the intense ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘God’s Kitchen’ which is an early example of Neil Arthur’s gift with images and wordplay. Blancmange’s second album, Mange Tout reached # 8 in the UK charts in 1984 and spawned more hits – notably ‘Blind Vision’ (#10), ‘Don’t Tell Me’ (#8) and their fantastic cover of ABBA’s ‘The Day Before You Came’ (much loved by ABBA who let them use footage from their original video for the Blancmange promo). It signals another change for the band’s music, now increasingly built around deep, propulsive dance grooves. The third and final Blancmange album of the 1980s, Believe You Me was released in 1985 and features bitter-sweet pop songs such as ‘Lose Your Love’, ‘Don’t You Love It All’ and ‘What’s Your Problem.’ Remastered audio. Double vinyl albums with extra disc featuring much sought after extended, rare and demo versions (never put on vinyl). London Records LP
Blancmange Unfurnished Rooms ‘Blancmange has been part of the soundtrack to my life ever since Happy Families was released.’ JOHN GRANT 'Listening to Blancmange obsessively. Probably the most under-rated electronic act of all time.' MOBY Blancmange's new album was written and recorded by Neil Arthur and co-produced by Benge (Wrangler/John Foxx & The Maths and Gazelle Twin co-producer). It’s been a fantastically creative period for both of them, releasing their debut album as a new electronic duo – Fader’s First Light - in June 2017 and then the final sessions for Unfurnished Rooms followed immediately in the summer. For the new Blancmange record, all the songs were written by Arthur while Benge added percussion and layers of analogue synth, with the pair then mixing the record together in the latter’s Memetune studios in Cornwall. 'Don't Get Me Wrong' features John Grant on piano and backing vocals. Blanc Check Records CD | LP
Blancmange Blanc Burn One of the truly original English Synth pop acts and a major influence on the electro scene - from Hot Chip to La Roux. Retaining the trademark fat analogue synth sounds which are so sought after by many of today's artists and producers, the original line up of Stephen Luscombe and Neil Arthur have reformed after a 23 year absence & it's as if Blancmange never went away. Songs like the first single 'Drive Me', 'Starfucker' and 'The Western' featuring the Indian percussionist Pandit Dinesh, are confirmation they've lost none of their edge or pop sensibility. www.blancmange.co.uk/ Proper CD