London psychedelic pop artist Black Market Karma (aka Stanley Belton) has shared the video for “Heady Ideas (Joakim Åhlund Remix)“
Packed with slamming breakbeats, analogue filters and krauty synths, the song features on the band’s eleventh full-length album ‘Friends In Noise’, a collaborative album including Tess Parks, The Underground Youth, Les Big Byrd & The Confederate Dead.
A fan favourite, sonically reshaped by Swedish cosmic mastermind Joakim Åhlund of Les Big Byrd and also known for his work with Caesars, Smile and Teddy Bears.
“This remix is one of the earlier contributions to Friends In Noise. We’d just returned from a short tour of Ireland alongside Jocke’s (Joakim Ahlund) band Les Big Byrd when he dropped me a message one night saying “fancy a remix?” My answer was an immediate yes because I knew he’d do something cosmic to it. He was digging the then brand new ‘Heady Ideas’ (sort of a BMK classic these days) so I sent him the audio files and he sent me back this absolutely slammin’ remix with a heavy break beat and these arpeggiating synths. I dug it big time and in return I did my own remix of their song ‘War In The Streets’ which also ended up on the record. The video was edited by yours truly using footage from an old (public domain) soviet science fiction B movie from the 1960’s called ‘Planet of Storms’ in English. Enjoy!”
Joakim Åhlund adds:
“I loved that tune from the first time I heard it. Reminds me of a Tibetan death chant. Same chord all the way through and that nice droney vocal. I put some quite heavy, almost military marching band drums on it and then put it all through an anologue filter I had back then but lost when I moved studios. Wish I still had that, sounds pretty brilliant to me. That fast arpeggio is a Juno 60. Nice.”
Friends In Noise came out earlier this year (Jan 13) via London boutique label Flower Power Records. Grab it here.
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