Thursday, 31 July 2008


Another remix we have recently done... If you recognise the sounds it's because it's all based on the same sound set for "Dirty Youth"

Click here to have a listen, in-fact right click and you can download it, it's free, have it, no really have it I'm feeling generous today. I've made it sound too much like Erasure apparently!


Wednesday, 30 July 2008


Sorry for the lack of posts recently, it's been pretty hot in the studio so progress in the last few weeks has been slow with the album. I think we are still on course for an Autumn release probably late October early November so at the most a month later than we planned.

We are at that stage where we can see the shape of the album and we are now trying to balance it out. I think we need a couple of stomping tracks to complete a really well rounded record. For me the tracks are all pretty fresh, they define our sound yet capture what we hope was the appeal for people who loved 53 D.

In August we will be doing another big vocal recording session, our next podcast and headlining the new acts stage at Retrofest so quite a bit to look forward to.

blog soon.

Matt x


A big thank you to everyone who came to our gig at the Orwell Bar in Islington last weekend.
It was HOT!  I had a right dab on' (as they say in Sheffield).
I thought the Orwell Bar was pretty cool, and Bedsitland has the makings of a very successful night.  It was edgy and gothic, but a lot of fun.  The audience were more like a 'cast' with loads of people dressed up in authentic, 80's fashion (think Joy Division, rather than Agadoo). Apparently, many of them were extras in the TV series 'Ashes to Ashes'...
But i wouldn't describe it as a strictly retro night, as loads of contemporary electro / dance choons were played.
There was also some interesting original artwork displayed around the place - some of which was on display at the Royal Academy recently.


So anyway - thanks for comin'!  It ROCKED :-)

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Friday, 25 July 2008


This time last year I had the pleasure of visiting the Xenomania HQ, Xenomania is the production company formed by Brian Higgins a writer a producer who made his name with the Cher song "Do you believe", not holding that against him he went on to write and produce for Dannii Minogue and more recently written most of the hits for Girls Aloud.

One of his new projects is a Norwegian artist called Annie, her first single "Chewing Gum" was pretty pants but I have to say her new single "I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me" is proper electro pop and the Soul Seekerz remix is great.

Check her out on myspace.


We are playing at Bedsitland - The Orwell Bar, Essex Road, Isslington, London

I think we are going on at 10.30, hopefully see you there.


Monday, 21 July 2008


Me in a shirt and jacket


OMG - I've been in my new pad for nearly a month and I still have no internet!  Aaaagggghhhhhhh!!!!!
Fabulous living in a brand-new place, but then you have to set up all your services from scratch which is WELL annoying.


Ok, step back, deep breath....worse things have happened at sea ;-)


Should be another week or so before BT can sort me out.  I really wonder what we all did before the www.
I actually feel quite isolated without it - how freaky is that?!


So anyway, our Matt has jetted off to Pad-Stein in Cornwall.  I look forward to sampling SOME seafood delights, on his return (HINT).
And there's a strange 'celebrity chef' theme running through our lives, as I was at a cocktail bar called 'The Runaway Girl' in Sheffield on Saturday night and they were filming 'Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares'.
So watch out for me in the background, drinking black Russians and being a bit, shall we say, animated (!)


SO - hands up who's coming to the Orwell Bar on Friday?  Can't wait :-)


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Sunday, 20 July 2008


I'm away for a few days in Cornwall treating myself to a cooking course at Rick Steins. Sarah has been pretty quiet because she currently has no Internet access. We have a gig in London on Friday 25th at a new night called Bedsitland, hopefully see some of you there.


Friday, 11 July 2008


Found this knocking around on my HD so I thought I would share it with you.

It was a remix I did yonks ago for a band called Phenol

The Contract


Continuing on the non-related-to-music, food theme (Matt and I are both Cancerians, so are obsessed with our stomachs), thought I'd share with you a nice new restaurant.
If you're near to the Rugby area, and like your food hot and interesting, check out 'La Casa Loco'  Fab restaurant, and has it's own off-shoot coffee and cocktail bar called 'Choco Loco'.  So it all feels a bit like being on your holidays!
Really enjoyed my meal there last night, I tried:

  • Anchoa con Olivio Picante
  • Mussels
  • Muchos Nachos
  • Pan Fried Fillet of Yellow Tailed Catfish
  • some kind of waffle-y desert with butterscotch
    - all bloomin' lovely.

Back to music; we signed off the press release for Retrofest 2008 yesterday, so watch out for us coming to a newspaper near you.


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Thursday, 10 July 2008


We have often talked about making our songs more literal to perhaps get them included in a commercial or film, but this is just ridiculous.

I'm now demonstrating how Gareth Hunt would shake those beans.


Monday, 7 July 2008


A recording update for you:


We had a short, but sweet NK attic session on Saturday afternoon :-)
Finished some last little bits for 'Goodbye'  which is sounding fabulous - a real pop smasher.
This track is sounding very Northern Kind, but with influences of Annie Lennox / Erasure and even Coldplay.
Think you're gonna LOVE it.

We had our first proper bash at 'Where to from Here', this was the first time Matt had properly heard my ideas for this. This track for me, is dark and eerie, and I want the vocals to reflect the de-humanised vibe of the lyrics.  I'm very intrigued to see which direction this takes, v exciting!

I'm also working on a collaboration *TOP SECRET* - and spreading a bit of the ol' Heeley magic around. I'll tell you more soon.


Oh yeah - and 10/10 for Matt's curry cooking skills.  Nom nom nom.....


Sarah x

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Thursday, 3 July 2008


Starting the final push for completing the album now, this weekend we will be adding vocals to 'Where to from here', 'Goodbye' and recording the main vocals for 'Automatic'. I have written lyrics for a track that was previously called Yes/No, I have sung a guide version of these but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to let Sarah hear it. I might just write the lyrics down for her and play the vocal melody using a panpipe sound.

I have been lent by Focusright the ISA One This is a dedicated mic pre-amp that has the potential of opening the vocal sound of our mic and changing its characteristic hopefully to improve the sound we get.