‘Liquid Blue’ is the newly released single that in turn also acts as the first taster for their forthcoming new album ‘Urbanism’ (release date to be confirmed). There is certainly value for money here with the selection of tracks on offer as Empire State Human have thankfully decided not to play it safe and feature four, five or six remixes of ‘Liquid Blue’, instead we are treated to eight different tracks that vary from a number of new tracks, four in total from the single itself to ‘We Are Industry’, ‘Dollar In Blue Collar’ & ’High’ to a selection of various remixes provided by among others No Comment, Tycho Brahe & Synthetik FM.
For a start I know it was originally intended that this single was scheduled for release after ‘Urbanism’ hence the inclusion of the remixes of the three new tracks ‘Dollar In Blue Collar’, ‘We Are Industry’ & ‘High’. Unfortunately, its near impossible to judge a new track in hearing it for the first time in a remix format, but over all it shouldn’t inhibit you in any shape or form in both listening to these tracks and buying the single itself.
To be honest I’m not over keen on the single. Yes, it’s a good and reasonably strong track, but for me its too rhythm based and lacks that riff or chorus to grab you as a single should. May be it was intentionally on behalf of E.S.H to release a single that didn’t tread the same familiar ground that many a single has done before. But, I often find it’s the singles that tread that familiar ground that gain the more interest while I have to also remark that I wasn’t exactly impressed with the standard of production on the track itself.
The best of what’s on offer here comes from the two outstanding tracks that both appear here as remixes. The ‘Synthetik FM Mix’ of ‘Dollar In Blue Collar’ and a ‘Single Edit’ of the ‘Extended Mix’ of ‘We Are Industry’. ‘Dollar In Blue Collar’ is a superb track that instantly reminds me of their ‘Electric Audience’ track from the ‘Music For Humans’ CD, a track that once again features a solid Human League style bass with neat synth riffs, I will particularly look forward to hearing the studio version of this track while the equally superb ‘We Are Industry’ is given a fantastic remix by the Australian band Tycho Brahe. This great track with its strong chorus features touches of Kraftwerk, Heaven 17 and the Pet Shop Boys while for me both of these impressive tracks are blatantly obvious contenders for release as a single, it’s a shame that neither of them where not chosen, especially in favour of ‘Liquid Blue’.
I also thought the ‘ESH Idiot Grin Mix’ of ‘Film Star’ was excellent, its not one of my favourite tracks from the ‘Pop Robot’ album as I’m not keen on the semi-spoken Pet Shop Boys style vocals, but this remix has both added to and improved the track while the pacey new instrumental ‘Time / Travel’ is also excellent, it features some good synth riffs while the ‘speaking clock’ samples featured work well with the track in general having strong Kraftwerk overtones while the excellent ‘Extended Mix’ of ‘Chimes’ is another strong and pacey instrumental.
The ‘Alfie Go Lightly – Count To Infinity Mix’ of ‘Little Aflie’ is for me a less then impressive remix that is generally poor and makes the track itself sound weak and almost demo like while musically its all over the place with an empty Northern Soul feel to it while the quality of the production doesn’t do the track itself any favours. It is simply one of those remixes that just doesn’t work while ‘High’ is another of the new tracks that appears here as a remixed version by No Comment. I’m not familiar with this track in any format, least not as a remix, but allowing for that and judging on what I’ve heard this is an average track that for me sounds empty with an almost demo like feel to it. Of course I’ll reserve full judgement for the track itself when I hear its original version.
Its seems somewhat odd that E.S.H should choose the less than obvious choice for a single in ‘Liquid Blue’ rather than the two more predictable choices in ‘Dollar In Blue Collar’ & ‘We Are Industry’. But, either way this single features a largely excellent and varied selection of tracks, least not the afore mentioned tracks along with the instrumentals ‘Time / Travel’ & ‘Chimes’, all of which act a promising taste of things to come with the forthcoming release of their new album ‘Urbanism’ on Ninthwave Records.
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