This is a CD only pre-order (no digital). Release date is 21st of June. CD's will be shipped within 10 days after that release date.
1. The Soul Tapes Original Version
2. Mooli Remix
3. Tweaka Turner’s Deep Soul Radio Edit
4. Dave Aude Club Mix
5. Offer Nissim Mix 6. Tweaka Turner’s Deep Soul Club Mix
7. Dirty Pop Club Remix
8. Jared Jones Club Mix
9. Dave Aude Radio Edit
10. Dale Cornish Soho Nocturnal Remix
Billie Ray Martin returns with another dancefloor smash in The Glittering Gutter – the latest single taken from her new album The Soul Tapes. With club bangers from Offer Nissim, Dave Aude and Tweaka Turner, The Glittering Gutter is already rapidly ascending the Billboard Dance Charts in the U.S. The buzz first became apparent when videos appeared on YouTube showing 1000s of clubbers with hands in the air, singing the lyrics along to the Offer Nissim mix.
A breathtaking remix by U.K. outfit Mooli and the experimental tweakings of the Dale Cornish Soho Nocturnal Remix affirm Billie’s status as the queen of electronic soul. With rave reactions from U.S. DJs and clubbers alike, this promises to be a European smasheroo, with U.K. promotion starting now.
The Glittering Gutter is Billie’s tale of the red light district of Hamburg where she grew up, and what it has become, now the golden days are over and decay has long replaced the glamour that once created opportunity for its inhabitants. Her heartbreaking vocal performance rips the listener apart with every line. ‘But for the smalltown voyeur she’s just the glittering gutter’ she whispers and later describes the Reeperbahn: ‘her teeth falling out, a carcass alive’.
Billie has never been easy to categorise. Clearly a soul singer, her career however has seen her mostly as a pioneer of house and electronic music, most notably her groundbreaking work with Electribe 101 and her seminal solo hit Your Loving Arms – now considered one of the all time classics of dance music. Her explorations have led her further into the worlds of ambient music and drum & bass among other areas of electronica. Recent releases have seen her going back to her house roots.
Her new album The Soul Tapes is a ‘first’ for Billie: no electronic music this time. Billie realised her long-held dream of recording an album that is equally influenced by Hi-Records (Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell) as it is by ’60s garage records.
Recorded at New York’s 900 Broadway Studio with multi award-winning producer / co-writer Jon Tiven, who has produced albums for Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack and Willie Nelson amongst many others, the album takes the listener on a journey through all things soul and rhythm & blues. The results are convincing and powerful and show once again Billie’s refusal to conform to trends, preferring as she does, to create them. Billie Ray Martin describes herself as “a kid from Hamburg’s red-light district, who wanted to be a soul singer, but ended up playing repetitive machine music, while still trying to be a soul singer".
released June 7, 2016
Written by Jon and Sally Tiven and BRM
Heading for the Night - The Frankie Knuckles Mixes –
Heading for the Night - The Frankie Knuckles Mixes - Vinyl
Your loving arms Photo Session printed Promo Card (Magnet Records)
Rare (1 of 1) original handprinted photograph (1990's) from first Your loving Arms photsession
Rare Promotional card (Magnet Records/East West Records) 1990s
Cassette: Electribe 101 Inside out - Mantronix Mixes - never released.
Cassette: Electribe 101 John Peel Session (BBC) 26.10.1989
Rare (2 available) handprinted photographs (not digital) of Electribe 101 photosession
Original handprinted photograph from Honey session (2 available)
Rare (1 of 1) original handprinted photograph (not digital) of Honey main photo
Rare (1 of 1) handprinted photograph (not digital) from Electribe 101's first photosession
Rare (1 of 1) handprinted photograph of Electribe 101's first photo session for 'Talking with Myself'
Rare (1 of 1) handprinted photograph (not digital) of Electribe 101 album session - 1998
Rare (1 of 1) handprinted photograph (not digital) of Electribe 101 photosession
Rare original (1 of 1) handprinted photograph of Four Ambient Tales photo session
Rare (2 of 2 available) original handprinted photograph - Electribe 101 album session
Rare (2 of 2) handprinted photographs (not digital) of Electribe 101 album photosession
Rare (1 of 2) original handprinted Photographs from Electribe 101 photosessoin
Rare (1 of 1) Handprinted Photograph (not digital) - Deadline for my memories sessions
Rare (1 of !) Original Hand Print Photograph (not digital) - Deadline for my Memories
The Soul Tapes – The Soul Tapes - 18 gram Vinyl Album
A4 Promotional Card (East West Records) 1990's
Glossy Imitation of Life East West Records Promo Card
Original Cassette Demo of 'Don't believe a word'
Original Polaroid Photo from 'Deadline' cover shoot
Persuasion – Persuasion CD
Trance Europe Express Double CD ALbum incl. BRM and Spooky: Persuasion
18 Carat Garbage – Eighteen Carat Garbage (Toilet Edition)
Pink fake fur diary with original lyric notes
Flyer for Electribe 101 Japanese apperance at Rave East
Original Polaroid from Electribe 101 photoshoot with Kate Garner
8 page colour booklet from Electribe 101 Japanese tour ... (1991?)
Rare (1 of 1) original handprinted photograph (1990's) of first Your Loving Arms photosession
Billie Ray Martin Berlin, Germany
"Billie Ray Martin is one of the living legends in modern music history and one of the best voices on planet earth."
"Billie Ray Martin is an absolute revelation."
K.Hollings, The Wire
Billie Ray Martin: "I'm a kid from Hamburg’s red-light district, who wanted to be a soul singer, but ended up playing repetitive machine music, while still trying to be a soul singer"
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