DUTCH UNCLES SHARE WARM DIGITS REMIX OF “BIG BALLOON” VIA THE QUIETUS
DU SET TO PLAY TWICE AT GLASTONBURY THIS WEEKEND
Dutch Uncles are set to play two sets at Glastonbury Festival this weekend, performing at the Crows Nest on Thursday (9:30PM) and the William’s Green stage on Friday (5PM).
Ahead of what will be their first trip to Worthy Farm tomorrow, the Manchester four-piece share the Warm Digits remix of their BBC Radio 6 Music A-Listed single “Big Balloon”. The track premiered exclusively on the The Quietus and is available to share now on the Memphis Industries Soundcloud and below.
Warm Digits’ Steve Jefferis: “The original’s seductive, sideways-on rhythm don’t provide an easy starting point for a remix. But once Andrew (Hodson) hit upon the idea of translating the original song’s rough-and-tumble into a blissed-out balearic belter, we wheeled out our 303s and squelched off into the sunset”
Warm Digits’ Andrew Hodson: “We slowed the song down to 130 from 170 beats per minute to make it Disco, took the swing groove out of the instruments, and added a Liquid Liquid Optimo sheen to it. Because the vocals still has the swing groove it sound super funky which we really like.”
Dutch Uncles’ Robin Richards: “I saw Warm Digits support Field Music in Manchester years ago and remember being blown away by their propulsive kraut rock style, with that North-East charm that we all love. When we found out they were not only becoming label mates at Memphis Industries, but also wanted to remix one of our tunes we were more than happy to let them loose on our single. The result is epic, and we bloody love it!”
Taking musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads, as well as the eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine earlier this year, the subjects tackled on the Big Balloon LP include austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness. It is the fifth Dutch Uncles studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed O Shudder record.
Praise for Big Balloon
“Dutch Uncles have claimed David Bowie as the chief inspiration for Big Balloon, and it makes sense. He was another musician in whom it was worth putting your trust even if you had no idea what he was going on about half the time.” – The Times
“The Salford band have shed some of their lithe, shoulder-pad pop for something burlier and with greater intent: inspired by Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era Bowie and eastern European techno, its songs barge in with urgency.” – The Guardian
“The Manchester art-poppers Dutch Uncles once referred to themselves as “just five Louis Therouxs”, adding: “Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.” With albums like this, they should be enjoying it for a long time.” – Sunday Times Culture
“Bumptiously abundant, this fifth outing by the Manc art poppers keeps the spirit of such career Brit forbears as XTC alive in Duncan Willis’ ambitious tunes.” – Daily Mirror
“A high-flying triumph.” – Uncut 8/10
“Dutch Uncles have served up a finger-lickin’ feast.” – DIY
“There is a real urgency to much of what’s on offer here – in particular, the funked up “Berlin Bowie” grooves of Combo Box, Streetlight and the title track.” – Q
“A catchy and consistent collection of idiosyncratic indie-pop tracks from a band who hopefully have another 9 years left in them.” – Loud and Quiet
DUTCH UNCLES LIVE
22 June – Glastonbury Festival, Crows Nest stage
23 June – Glastonbury Festival, William’s Green stage
24 June – Hull, Zebedee’s Yard (with The Flaming Lips)
01 July – Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
28 July – Standon Calling Festival
12 August – Watergate Bay, Boardmasters Festival
09 September – New Mills Festival, Art Theatre
15 September – Newcastle, Home Gathering Festival
16 September – Ramsbottom, Head For The Hills Festival
11 November – Manchester, Albert Hall
02 December – Leeds, Brudenell (Us vs. Them 2017)
“Big Balloon” (Warm Digits remix)
“Big Balloon” (British Sea Power remix) https://soundcloud.com/memphisindustries/dutch-uncles-big-balloon-british-sea-power-remix-1/
Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis, Robin Richards, Peter Broadhead and Andrew Proudfoot.