Friday, May 14, 2010

Two Worlds Collide - 24 Hour & Hacienda Records UK

24 Hour Service Station is thrilled to announce a worldwide distribution deal with Peter Hook's new label, Haçienda Records UK
Hook, the legendary bassist and founding member of New Order and Joy Division, is operating the label out of the Factory Records building in Manchester, England, which has also been reopened as a night club and live music venue. Modeled on the same principals & integrity as Hook's former label, the Tony Wilson headed Factory Records, Haçienda Records UK allows for future Hook projects as well as music from new artists to be developed, released & distributed easily.

The First Fruit of this partnership is the long awaited and often rumored, 

FREEBASS - Two Worlds Collide - EP
Featuring THREE of Manchester's bass guitar legends; Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) & Gary "Mani" Mounfield (The Stone Roses/Primal Scream), FreeBass has had a long gestation process. Pressed to find the perfect lead singer, so they asked their famous friends to contribute with Tim Burgess (Charlatans UK), Pete Wylie (The Mighty Wah!) & Howard Marks (Mr Nice) responding to the call. Burgess' track, "You Don't Know This About Me" is a melodically epic tune with a bass line recalling New Order's single "Ceremony" surrounding Tim's voice. On "The Milky Way Is Our Playground," Wylie takes vocal duties on an anthemic journey into euphoric space rock, reflecting on the universe with his star-struck cerebral lyrics. Howard Marks AKA raconteur & beatnik Mr Nice, delivers a sterling monologue on "Dark Starr," a grungy piece of rock  n roll mischief. Finally "Live Tomorrow You Go Down," finds Hooky growling his way through a pulsating dance track whose raved-up bass line, crunching beats & Giorgio Moroder-esque electro flourishes closes the EP with a punkish techno vibe. 

Release date: Jun 1, 2010 (Digital)  |  Aug 10, 2010 (CD)

And for when you're nostalgic for the club days,  

MAN RAY - Summer 88 - EP
Peter Hook and producer Phil Murphy created acid house tracks evoking the style & euphoria felt during that epic "Summer of Love" at The Haçienda nightclub. Revisiting the staple sounds of the period with a modern twist, the duo used analogue technology to recreate precisely the sounds belting through the summer of '88. A mixture of classic Roland synths & drum machines were employed to simulate the early acid house vibes with samples only being used for sound effects, making both tracks feel naturally timeless.
Listen: MAN RAY - "Ways Of Making Music"

Release Date:  Apr 20, 2010 (Digital)  |  Aug 10, 2010 (CD)
Available on iTunes, Amazon, Emusic and everywhere else you buy music!

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