I have to confess that I’m listening to this on my iPod right now. Don’t judge me – I bought the vinyl, but I also got a free download when I purchased it and I simply haven’t gotten around to cracking the seal on it yet. That means that I’m listening to this out-of-sequence, because for whatever reason the play order on the download is different. I don’t know how you feel about that, but I always get a bit twitchy when I don’t listen to stuff in album-order. First world problems.
But I can’t feel anything but relaxed listening to these Carter Tutti remixes. The download opens with “Lost Bliss”, a track that I can only describe as effervescent. It’s like an early evening glass of champagne – bubbly, a bit crisp, and holding the promise of an interesting night ahead. It’s definitely not a mimosa, lacking the sweetness and bright colors; this isn’t the day getting started, it’s the evening getting started. By the time “Retrodect” is almost finished we’ve switched it up and moved on to vodka and Red Bulls. We’re on the dance floor, grooving, sliding, pulsing. And “Obession”? <sigh> Cosey still has it, that’s all I have to say as I let the sound waves cover me like a warm blanket on a cold night. Let’s not even talk about “Sin”, because things are getting downright strange and overtly sexual.
It’s hard for me to think of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti as having been long-time members of Throbbing Gristle, as their collaborations are light years different from their earlier avant garde proto-industrial work. I strongly recommend Tutti’s autobiography Art Sex Music – not only is it an interesting look at her musical career, but also her artistic one. I find her endless fascinating.