Saturday, July 24, 2010

tweaking out

Faithless unleash another epic single in the shape of the provocatively and erotically titled, "Tweak Your Nipple". It's from their latest longplayer, "The Dance".

Granted Maxi Jazz, Rollo and Sister Bliss are an acquired taste, but their big beat, adrenaline fueled excursions nicely tread the line between the underground and mass consumption. Sure, it has been more than fifteen years since they burst on the scene with club chestnut, "Insomnia", but they continue to put out wildly interesting dance albums in a genre that often doesn't allow for much experimentation.

They've just unveiled the suitably trippy video for "Tweak Your Nipple". It's visual ecstasy, ladies and gents.

This acts as part two of a trilogy based in the sultry, psychedelic, animated world that began with the first single from the album, "Not Going Home".

Here's Maxi Jazz dropping some seriously powerful, Buddhist, zen master knowledge about the track.

Third single, IMHO, should be the Blancmange sampling "Feel Me". This hypnotic jam has been going down a storm when they play it on tour. They've reworked it a bit in a live setting. Harry Collier sings Neil Arthur's parts and Maxi Jazz has added a verse.

A few performances have turned up online. There are two that tweak me most, if you'll pardon the expression. One was recorded on a soundstage with a mix which was recorded too hot and, therefore, is distorted. The other is from this year's Glastonbury festival, and the crowd goes absolutely batshit crazy for it. Both are equally expressive.

Not sure which performance I prefer. You decide. One thing is for sure. They are a mighty, live machine.

Zut alors! Now that's a spicy meatball!

Here are some more new age, crystal musings from the band about it.

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