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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Love Will Tear Dub Apart

Hi all, here's a little something to keep you going until next week's release of the big one.

Last year, the wicked Bobby Martini took over Ramdom Thoughts for a week, and on the show, he played an amazing cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart", one of my favourite songs of all time. The cover was a moving piano ballad version by the wonderful London singer songwriter, Nerina Pallot and straight away I fell in love with it and her.

I began playing around with the track and by luck, found that I made a pretty decent and usable DIY acapella out of it. Only one problem though, nothing would fit it musically. I tried all sorts of instrumentals, the closest I came to success being with an old Sabres of Paradise track, but it just didn't do anything for me.

I left it for a couple of months, having given up on the idea of it. That was until about 2 weeks ago when I stumbled across a relatively obscure cover of the original, by the Brooklyn based Jah Division who specialise in Joy Division dub cover versions. I haven't found out too much about the band aside from they are signed to The Social Registry and they have a MySpace at

and that their bass is PHAT! Now as many of you know, two of my fave albums of the last 10 years are the Easy Star All*Stars versions of Pink Floyd and Radiohead, so I love this stuff. Had a brainwave!

A little bit of chopping on the Nerina vocal, a load of delay, echo and equalisation, and away you go. Chuck in a little bit of a King Tubby sample and the aforementioned Easy Star All*Stars and hopefully I have come up with something that will get you all ready for a hot and hazy summer.

Love Will Tear Dub Apart

The Jah Division vs. Nerina Pellot
Dub Will Tear Us Apart vs. Love Will Tear Us Apart

MP3 Download Page here:-

Cheers again Bobby for opening me eyes to Nerina. I urge everyone to seek out her version of the track. It's awesome.


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Anonymous said...

Nice mix matey