“SONG FOR EWE”
with BRITTA PHILLIPS of LUNA
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today it’s the turn of the bassist of Luna, one half of Dean & Britta with her husband Dean Wareham of Luna & Galaxie 500, and the singing voice of 1980’s animated series Jem. She’s sung on the MGMT song “It’s Working” from “Congratulations”. She’s also acted alongside the likes of Julia Roberts & Patrick Bateman and excitingly to me (as a kids TV producer) she’s been in cult show Yo! Gabba Gabba. About to launch her debut solo album “Luck Or Magic” on 29th April, it’s a singer with a smooth voice and impeccable taste, with her “song for ewe”, it’s the enigmatic Britta Phillips!
Luna were a band whose dream pop mesmerised me during the original run of Velvet Sheep as a 90s zine, and although Britta joined in 2000 after I’d stopped writing and started working at MTV, I was (and still am a fan). Since that Luna have split and reunited, Dean & Britta have recorded 3 albums and contributed to a number of soundtracks. I’m excited to hear the Britta solo record, and here’s a taster now…a hypnotic re-imagining of The Cars classic…
And as a spesh treat, here’s that Yo Gabba Gabba! clip to gorge on.
I was pleased that ahead of the “Luck Or Magic”‘s release, Britta found time to choose an obscure-ish song that she’s enjoyed lately, so without further ado, this is her “song for ewe”…
“Here’s my song, ATOMIC BOMB, by William Onyeabor
Here’s the new remix with Hot Chip…
I was in the studio in the Arts District in downtown L.A. on Tuesday with my husband, Dean Wareham, Jason Quever (from Papercuts), and Anthony LaMarca (our old drummer who now plays in The War On Drugs). We were working on a new project of Dean’s that Jason is producing (a space cowboy / western sounding collaboration between him and Cheval Sombre). We needed a pick-me-up, so we walked around the corner to Blue Bottle coffee and this track was playing (the original).
We all immediately started grooving to it and I Shazamed it. Jason and Anthony already knew what it was, but I’d only recently heard about the remix album that came out in 2014. Jason told me that William had became a preacher and gave up music. I’m always hearing about music I should check out but I don’t always get to it, probably because its not usually this great!!
THANKS BRITTA, IT’S MUCH APPRECIATED.
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