Dutch Uncles are set to play two sets at Glastonbury Festival this weekend, performing at the Crows Nest on Thursday (9:30PM) and the William’s Green stage on Friday (5PM).
Ahead of what will be their first trip to Worthy Farm tomorrow, the Manchester four-piece share the Warm Digits remix of their BBC Radio 6 Music A-Listed single “Big Balloon”. The track is now available to share now on the Memphis Industries Soundcloud below.
Warm Digits’ Steve Jefferis: “The original’s seductive, sideways-on rhythm don’t provide an easy starting point for a remix. But once Andrew (Hodson) hit upon the idea of translating the original song’s rough-and-tumble into a blissed-out balearic belter, we wheeled out our 303s and squelched off into the sunset”
Warm Digits’ Andrew Hodson: “We slowed the song down to 130 from 170 beats per minute to make it Disco, took the swing groove out of the instruments, and added a Liquid Liquid Optimo sheen to it. Because the vocals still has the swing groove it sound super funky which we really like.”
Dutch Uncles’ Robin Richards: “I saw Warm Digits support Field Music in Manchester years ago and remember being blown away by their propulsive kraut rock style, with that North-East charm that we all love. When we found out they were not only becoming label mates at Memphis Industries, but also wanted to remix one of our tunes we were more than happy to let them loose on our single. The result is epic, and we bloody love it!”
Taking musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads, as well as the eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine earlier this year, the subjects tackled on the Big Balloon LP include austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness. It is the fifth Dutch Uncles studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed O Shudder record.
DUTCH UNCLES LIVE
22 June – Glastonbury Festival, Crows Nest stage
23 June – Glastonbury Festival, William’s Green stage
24 June – Hull, Zebedee’s Yard (with The Flaming Lips)
01 July – Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
28 July – Standon Calling Festival
12 August – Watergate Bay, Boardmasters Festival
09 September – New Mills Festival, Art Theatre
15 September – Newcastle, Home Gathering Festival
16 September – Ramsbottom, Head For The Hills Festival
11 November – Manchester, Albert Hall
02 December – Leeds, Brudenell (Us vs. Them 2017)