TRACK: Blue States drop ‘Friendly Fires’ from the expanded ‘Nothing Changes …’


Andy Dragazis, aka Blue States

IT’S HARD to believe that Blue States downbeatz classic, Nothing Changes Under the Sun, has reached its twentieth anniversary – who pressed fast forward, cos it wasn’t me; but it’s great to know that in marking this milestone Memphis Industries will be releasing a 20th anniversary edition in three weeks’ time.

This new expanded edition, apart from being on sexily coloured vinyl – will feature an extra disc, “The Trinity Tapes”, a bonus collection of six tracks; from which the latest single track drop, “Friendly Fires”, is taken.

You’ll find it blissful downbeatz with a psychedelic feel – as if Aphrodite’s Child had met and fallen in love with Boards of Canada. Guitars groove over woozier tronica atmospheres, breaks roll – it’s a blissful tune to soothe in a time of well, need I tell you … .

Nothing Changes… was created by Andy, working in his bedroom on a rudimentary set-up: a sampler, a sequencer, and a few keyboards. He was almost working blind, unsure of where he was headed, but encouraged by his label and the reaction he had to early EPs such as Blue States Forever and Walkabout

This will be only the second time Nothing Changes … gets a vinyl repress since its first issue; and alongside the bonus EP it’ll also come with an exclusive print, whilst stocks last.

That filmic vibe you get from his music? Andy studied at film school and thus had a love of Roy Budd, John Barry and Ennio Morricone – alongside other, diverse influences, such as Vangelis, French yé-yé, The United States of America and The Electric Prunes … all blended and simmered in an addictive downbeat stew.

Blue States’ Nothing Ever Changes Under The Sun will be released on a 2xLP of one blue and one yellow disc; order from Blue States’ webstore.

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