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The Valentine EP

£15.00

The Valentine EP is an exquisite little lovefest offering a handful of miniature jewels wrought from vocal and swing orchestra loops lifted from vintage 78-rpm recordings, over which Coates layers keyboards and rudimentary drum machines, and then croons his funny/sad musings on love and relationships, making and doing without.  The result is idiosyncratic, sexy and surprisingly effective.

Availble only through Antique Beat - Limited stock 

Description

“Love makes you aware, poor men can be milionaires. You’re rich the day you dare to give, not get, your share…”

This is how it started – Stephen, aka The Real Tuesday Weld, met a girl called Tracy Lee Jackson who ran an independent label called Dreamy Records in London.
Stephen didn’t know anything about the music industry and had a background in art and design. She heard something he made with a gramophone, a sampler and a tape machine. It was an experiment more than a song: a piece about the weather and heartache.
It was called “I Love the Rain”.
She wanted to release it as a single – and they did later but before that she asked Stephen to make something for Valentine’s day.
So he made this – an ep about love and his first proper release (1999) on Lonodn’s visionary Dreamy Records.  

This exquisite little lovefest offers a handful of miniature jewels wrought from vocal and swing orchestra loops lifted from vintage 78-rpm recordings, over which Coates layers keyboards and rudimentary drum machines, and then croons his funny/sad musings on love and relationships, making and doing without.  The result is idiosyncratic, sexy and surprisingly effective.  It was well received in the press in London and America.  Hero worship on a minor scale followed.
'Am I in Love’ was made like 'I Love the Rain' years before the days of Electro Swing and all that and when journalist asked what style it was , Stephen made up the genre “Antique Beat”.  And here we are. Thanks Tracy. For ever.
'Butterflies of Love' was an attempt to make a Japanese style Koan into a song and 'Battery Powered Flowered Love' about love enduring the apocalypse. 'Anything but Love' is self explanatory we hope.

Limited stock and sold only through Antique Beat.