The first part of Andy Bell’s ‘Ever Decreasing Circles’ series is out now. The Indica Gallery EP is a six-track release, featuring five songs from Andy’s acclaimed debut solo album The View From Halfway Down reworked by electronic experimentalist Pye Corner Audio, along with a re-edit of one of the remixes by Andy himself in his GLOK guise.
It is available on limited edition cherry cola vinyl 12” and digitally, mastered by Heba Kadry and with artwork by Marc and Stuart Jones.
The EP is credited to Andy Bell Meets Pye Corner Audio Uptown as a nod to the classic dub album by Augustus Pablo and King Tubby, and also the fact that the record came about after a big night uptown at The Social.
“Martin [Jenkins, aka Pye Corner Audio] has been top of my list of people to work with ever since a monumental night at The Social, late 2019. It was Sonic Cathedral’s 15th birthday party and Pye Corner Audio was headlining, with bdrmm and myself also playing live sets. It was a bit of a legendary night and, before it was over, Martin and I had agreed we would work together on something, sometime. I wasn’t sure he’d remember the conversation, but luckily he did.”
“We ended up setting the world to rights over a few beers and some questionable shots,” says Martin. “One of the topics that came up was the possibility of working together in some form or other, and as a long-time Ride follower I was obviously in agreement.”
In his hands, the songs have taken on a whole new lease of life, from the incredible euphoric take on ‘Skywalker’, to the psychedelic rave of ‘Love Comes In Waves’ and the slow and subtle acid fizz of ‘Cherry Cola’ and ‘I Was Alone’. Meanwhile, the almost title track comes in two versions, loping along like something that has just crawled off the Weatherdrive.
The next release in the series is the See My Friends EP, which contains two further Pye Corner Audio reworking, and is out on May 14.