Django Django

Marble Skies

  • Label Because Music
  • Genre Rock-Pop
  • Released 01/26/18 01/26/18 01/26/18
  • Cat no CD 40071 R A 40071 RBN071LPX

6 Panel Digipak.

Deluxe LP version is available on starburst 150 gram vinyl, exclusively from Domino.

Available on Rough Trade Exclusive Blue with Pink Marbling Colored Vinyl plus a 6 Track bonus white label 12" - Django Django meets Wrongtom Marble Dubs. (Also comes with a CD Version, Large poster and a different Obi strip to the standard version)

After the brilliant, rave-shaped grooves and expansive arrangements of its predecessor, Marble Skies is a more concise and focused offering which recalls the dynamic, genre-blurring music of their debut. It’s a return to form; an album which finds them returning to the handmade, cut-and-paste approach of the past. Upon finishing the Born To Saturn tour, Dave ventured to LA to work on a production project, whilst the other band members went to India with the British Council. When they returned, the new album process began with a back-to-basics approach which recalled the DIY ethos of the band’s early days, Django Django – minus an absent Maclean – assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Prior to experiment with the idea of coming up with new tracks through loose jamming sessions. After ten days of recording, there was plenty of raw material. As ever, all four band members (completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon) contributed to the band’s music, melodies and lyrics as the final album took shape. Parts of Marble Skies find Django Django sailing into uncharted territories, not least the driving title track (propelled by Prior’s drumming), with its echoes of Krautrock and Suicide. Meanwhile, the hazy Zombies-like summer pop of Champagne, which explores the joys and ills of alcohol, was inspired by the band’s over-indulgence during a boat trip on the Seine that was hosted by their label. Those drawn to the more dance-orientated side of Django Django will find much to love in the twisted ‘80s electro pop of In Your Beat and the dancehall-influenced Surface To Air, a dreamy-headed pop song fronted by Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. The collaboration came as a result of the two bands meeting up at SXSW some years ago, where Rebecca and Dave in particular bonded over shared interests in R&B, hip-hop and dancehall. Another more surprising collaborator is Jan Hammer, the Czech-born, American-based jazz-fusion and electronic artist who shares writing credits with the band on the gorgeously floaty ‘Sundials’. If there’s a mood running through Marble Skies, it’s one of reflection on things past and present, and finding some kind of peace with your place in the grand scheme of things.

2LP/2CD - Rough Trade Exclusive Version. Colored Vinyl (Pink and Blue) Vinyl plus a 6 Track bonus white label 12" - Django Django meets Wrongtom Marble Dubs. Also comes with a CD Version, Large poster and a different Obi strip to the standard version. Also the Bonus material is included on CD as well - Django Django meets Wrongtom Marble Dubs.

LP+ - Colored Vinyl (Pink and Blue) Vinyl with Obi Strip, CD Version and Large Poster.

LP - Black vinyl plus a CD Version and Large poster.

2CD - Rough Trade Exclusive Version. 6 Panel Digipack plus a 6 Track bonus CD - Django Django meets Wrongtom Marble Dubs. Comes with a poster.

CD - 6 Panel Digipak.

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