Godlike & Electric announced today the availability of ”Best Of” in a deluxe edition with 8 (well, actually 7) previously unreleased tracks! For now, it’s only available for streaming but let’s hope for at least a downloadable version soon.
The new tracks are:
New Holland Blue
The Second Colour Blue
A Ribbon For My Hair (Demo)
Cylons In Love (Instrumental)
I Love My Man (Instrumental)
The reason I said 7 is because ”Rocky” was actually one of the bonus tracks on the limited edition of ”From The Vaults”! Go and check these tracks out on several streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal – here is the Spotify link: tinyurl.com/yjcahy9k
So what else has been going on since the last update? A whole lot, actually.
There’s a Bent remix and a Simon Mills remix on this EP by artist Zero Netcost. Coming out on vinyl later on! zeronetcost.bandcamp.com/album/remixes
Simon has released ”Shelf Life – Unreleased Demos ’91 to ’21” volumes 2 and 3, 39 more great tracks which you can find here: simonmills.bandcamp.com/ and keeps releasing house tunes with Somethin’ Sanctified on Soundcloud.
Neil’s band Champyun Clouds are working hard. Together with Asa Thomas Hudson they’ve already released two full albums, five singles/EPS and a live album in little over a year! champyunclouds.bandcamp.com/
Neil himself is also keeping busy. As well as a steady flow of new and previously unreleased house tunes on 89ghost.bandcamp.com/music, how about some deep, deep dub under the name Nitroman? Two albums, right here: The Return of the Dub Calculator and Nitroman Meets the Dubmariner in a Scubadub Style?
Want more? Thought you would. A wide variety of things can be found on neiltolliday.bandcamp.com/ – admittedly some of it’s very experimental, but let me point you to the fourth album by Goose Fair Island called ”Rope”.
More stuff from the boys: ”Up In The Air” gets a ”second edition” vinyl pressing in cornflower blue. Limited to 250 copies, released May 7th exclusively from Rough Trade so get it before it’s gone: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/bent/up-in-the-air/lp-plus-x2-2
Selected remixes of ”Friends” will get a 12″ release in June, preorder soon available from Juno here: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/bent-friends-feat-ashley-beedle-crazy-p/812621-01/
Nail has a new project together with Asa Hudson called ”Champyun Clouds” which you should check out immediately. Their album is already out on Bandcamp, where you can stream it, buy it digitally and on limited different coloured vinyl: https://champyunclouds.bandcamp.com/album/champyun-clouds
There’s also the ”Daddy Dusty” EP which will be available soon from Juno right here: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/champyun-clouds-daddy-dusty/819853-01/
And on top of this, there’s even more Bent in the pipeline imminently…
Has it really been fourteen years? Yes! Also, no. ”From The Vaults: 1998-2006” came out in 2013 and ”Best of” in 2009, but the music on those were either previously released, or only new in the sense that it was so far unreleased and not newly composed. But yes! It’s been fourteen years since ”Intercept!” and finally Simon and Neil got back together to record brand new music for us.
Since ”Intercept!”, Simon and Neil have been keeping busy with their own projects. Neil released a whole lot of deep house vinyls as ”Nail”, several sample-heavy albums as ”Goose Fair Island” and uncountable experimental electronics under an ever increasing number of pseudonyms. Simon upped the analogue flavour of Bent with two albums and about a million EPs as ”Napoleon” before changing the all too ubiquitous artist name to his own for the following records, and has been releasing house tunes in projects ”Pincer Movement” and ”Somethin’ Sanctified”.
One fun thing about listening to their separate output is that you kind of get the feeling of who-does-what in Bent. The most Bent-comparable output of Neil would be the Goose Fair Island stuff, which is sample heavy, more out there and more unpredictable. Simon on the other hand, as Napoleon, is more about classic analogue sounds and big chords. Bent then, always worked best with the two mashed together. I think many fans with me love Bent as much for the lush reverbs, great melodies and emotional songs as they do for the odd samples, unique twists and, you know.. being quirky.
The announcement of their new release is imminent, so keep track of their Facebook to know all about it.
Simon Mills / Napoleon on Bandcamp
Neil Tolliday / Goose Fair Island / etc on Bandcamp
Nail vinyls on Juno
Nail digital music on Juno
First, after Neil dismantled the GFImusic Bandcamp site, parts of it has reappeared.
Here’s the Goose Fair Island bandcamp where you can get the two latest albums: http://goosefairisland.bandcamp.com/ and here is the GFI Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/goosefairisland
And here is the Flesh0 bandcamp, where you can get some of that experimental dark stuff: http://flesh0.bandcamp.com/ and here’s it’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/flesh0
Next, Simon is vowing to keep busy. His aim is to release an EP every month for this entire year! Keep track of him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NapoleonUK and check out this preview from the first EP, a great tune called ”Nightfall”.
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And in case you missed it, Simon also asked people for samples from which he created this tune: ”You Could <3 This”.
Dearest of friends, here are some news for you! First of all, I’ve updated the MP3 Clips page, and so you can now listen to 57 new clips, or grab a playlist of them all with a total running time of over 105 minutes! An update of the remix section on that page will follow.
Various tidbits have been added to parts of the discography as well, and I’m awaiting some records I’ve ordered to be able to add even more images. More on that later!
Simon has been busy with Pincer Movement, whose ”G.O.R.K. EP” is out soon. Samples below:
Nail isn’t resting either, with his own 12″ called ”Yonks” and participation on a 12″ from Fear Of Flying with his tune ”Glazed”. Grab them from Juno using these links:
Neils alter ego Flesho released ”Butterlust” on Bandcamp a while back, and now: ”available as a limited, numbered edition of 33 CDRs. (butter not included)”. Get it from Infinite Limits for £4.99! Download still available & stream at http://gfimusic.bandcamp.com/album/butterlust .