Enigmatic London duo Pale remix Stay Bless aka George Cassavetes’ track ‘Distance’.
Stay Bless/Mr Cassavetes racked up 100 cool points after playing alongside Dev Hynes as Blood Orange last year and now he can have 100 more for working with New Noise alumni Pale. With an album and EP’s worth of material ready to release, George has been hidden away in the studio taking a long hard look at himself, finding inspiration from the rather grim idea of emotional and physical isolation. It’s not as miserable as it sounds though, honest. You won’t find George onstage with an acoustic guitar and a single sparkling tear rolling down his cheek anytime soon. He’s cleverer than that, drawing you in with irresistible combination of RnB and pop, it could even be uplifting, as long as you don’t listen to the words. And let’s not forget MC Trim’s slither of grime within, that provides a surprising interval, making it even more memorable.
Pale’s edit of the track is futuristic and menacing with deep bass synths accompanied by staccato rings. All that’s left of Cassavetes’ voice is dalek-like, but it suits the techno beat and cymbal crashes. The consistent tempo throughout throws you into the middle of the party, you can’t really pull out your best dance moves to this one but we recommend lots of arm-thrusting and head-shaking in time to the beat, you’ll find yourself swept away with the current and that it all ends far too soon. Forget four and a half minutes, now you’ve got us hypnotised we could listen to this for four and a half hours. All we need now is a dark room, some dry ice and a crazy light show.
Stay Bless’ ‘In Paradise EP’ is due for release 9th March on In Stereo Records.