10/22/2019

Seefeel share previously unreleased song "Rough For Radio"

Seefeel share previously unreleased song "Rough For Radio" from Peel Session included in WXAXRXP Sessions series of releases, celebrating 30 years of Warp Records


 

Warp have released another striking session track from their WXAXRXP Sessions box set and 12" collection. "Rough for Radio" is one of two exclusive tracks recorded for a session for John Peel's famous BBC show in 1994. The band were invited to record the session after Peel fell head over heels for their demos, which were also circulated to labels around the same time. The session was broadcast the same year they released their first EPs on Warp (Starethrough and Fracture/Tied), which were followed by the full-length Succour on Warp in 1995. 

The session was a combination of previously prepared material and live recordings in the BBC studios. Seefeel's Mark Clifford recalls, "It seemed a waste to be in this legendary location and not to try and create something new there. Given the stress of the reality of what that meant under the time constraints we had, it might not have been the best move, but I sat on the floor, samples loaded, sequencer running and somehow managed to get it done. Sarah was kind of put on the spot in terms of coming up with a vocal." 

Mark adds "It was tight, like one of those action films where everything is saved with seconds to spare. Given the rigidity of the BBC machine, I doubt there would have been much chance of us 'scavving' a few extra minutes at the end, so fortunately we did end up with 4 tracks rather than 3.5. Peel, of course, after having expressed wonder that we hadn't done a session for him earlier, announced the track as "Rough for Radio, that's exactly how we like it!" which took the sting out of the whole experience considerably. What a gent."

Seefeel embark on an 11 date tour of the US on November 1st (Full dates below) and will perform their classic album Quique in full as part of a Jon Hopkins curated line up for Hydra at London's Printworks on Friday 25th October.

1st November. Santa Ana, Constellation Room
3rd November. Los Angeles, Echoplex
5th November. San Francisco, Slim's
7th November. Portland, Star Theatre
8th November. Seattle, Neumos
9th November. Vancouver, Biltmore
10th November. Montreal, Bar Le Ritz
11th November. Toronto, Adelaide Hall
12th November. Chicago, Empty Bottle
14th November. Brooklyn NY, Warsaw
15th November. Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda's

The band were recently the subject of an In Focus special on NTS radio, the host of Warp's WXAXRXP three day takeover which happened in June this year:
 
WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. These releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs and available as individual vinyl and digital releases through all good record stores and as a limited one-time-pressing box set via Bleep.com from November 15th 2019 (Pre order now). 

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