Friday, March 25, 2011

Musical Interlude: Cabaret Voltaire

If you've followed me a while, you know I have a soft spot for the Cabs. Before Kirk and Mallinder split in the mid-1990s, the released a series of albums that both updated their sound and paid a homage to their beginnings. This version of "24-24" is a remix that appeared on the Technology: Western Re-Works 1992 album. The duo must have been listening a lot to the (then) new wave of ambient artists and it shows on this track. Note that the vid is definitely not the Cabs' work - it's stills from riot scenes. Still the music serves as a backdrop for images juxtaposing the liberating and authoritarian impulses that so fascinated the band.

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