Monday, 5 October 2009

Glad To Know You

Chaz Jankel was Ian Dury's writing partner in The Blockheads but went on to become a successful artist in his own right, racking up a sizeable roster of hits including platinum selling singles like "Glad To Know You" and 'Ai No Corrida'. His album "My Occupation" serves as a retrospective overview of the man's career, which spanned some five full-length releases over the course of the 1980s. Jankel to this day remains a part of The Blockheads, but his work as a synthesizer auteur tells another story, representing the career of an artist who ably dipped into the nascent electronic sub-genres of the day, referencing new wave, post disco and electropop whilst never shying away from the weirder corners of electronic music, as captured in the bizarre edits and overdubs littering the otherwise fairly straight-up rhythm track of 'Reve De Chevres'.

If there is a overriding theme to Jankel's career it has something to do with placing emphasis on taking all these various forms and production angles and wrapping them around a central pop superstructure, something Jankel seemed to accomplish throughout his career with an impressive consistency. This is a great edit of his track "Glad To Know You" by Todd Terje staying very close to the original format,but moving the structure slightly and maintaining the groove. This track can also be found on the great Tirk Records compilation "Tirk 02". Enjoy. Click On Right Hand Arrow To Download...

Chaz Jankel - Glad To Know You (Todd Terje Edit) by Piece together blogspot

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