Listen to The Avalanches disco remix of Hunters & Collectors
The Avalanches have released their remix of Hunters & Collectors’ first single ‘Talking To A Stranger’, which will feature on the upcoming tribute album Crucible – A Tribute To Hunters & Collectors.
The single, which appeared on their self-titled 1982 debut, has been reworked with a slice of Dan Hartman’s disco hit ‘Relight My Fire’ and rechristened as ‘Stalking To A Stranger (Planets Collide Remix)’.
“At a fundamental level, it was both an honour and incredibly daunting to be asked to remix such an incredible song,” says Avalanches founding member Robbie Chater. “What a stunning and risky way to announce your presence as a new band. Hunters & Collectors pulled it off though. We loved the Conny Plank and krautrock influences, the Hunters really were ahead of the curve with this track. There’s a sense of dread and darkness that you can’t quite put your finger on, which we tried to maintain, while fucking it up a bit to make it appealing to leftfield DJs and music lovers. Mark Seymour is a Western Bulldogs fanatic and us Footscray lifers have to stick together!”
Crucible – A Tribute To Hunters & Collectors will be released on September 27. It features contributions from Birds of Tokyo, Cloud Control, Matt Corby, Missy Higgins, and The Rubens. The remix has been released in two forms; a four-and-a-half minute album version and an extended seven-minute disco edit. Watch the album version below and the extended cut at the bottom of the article.
As for the long-awaited follow-up to 2000’s Since I Left You, Modular have confirmed The Avalanches are still in the studio, putting the finishing touches on an album that was supposed to be out three years ago. See timeline below. The album will reportedly feature contributions from Ariel Pink, rapper Danny Brown and Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema on a track called ‘The Stepkids’, which the band reckon is “probably the best song we ever done”.
The Avalanches: A Timeline
August 2006: Modular Recordings issue a press release stating that the new album from The Avalanches “is sounding like everything we dared not hope for, and so much more. They’ve made the record of their lives basically.”
January 2007: The Avalanches post a message on their official site announcing, “It’s a really thrilling time for us right now as this record comes together, its so fuckin party you will die, much more hip hop than you might expect, and while there is still no accurate estimated time of arrival, were sure you’re gonna love it when it arrives … much of last year was spent cutting up the spoken word/instructional records we need to tell the albums musical story, and we have some 40 odd songs we’re narrowing down and finishing.”
December 2008: The head of Modular records, Steven “Pav” Pavlovic, claims he expects to receive the album on Christmas Day.
May 2009: The band reportedly begins clearing samples.
January 2010: triple j claims that the album will be released in October 2010. They later retract the prediction.
June 2010: An administrator on the Avalanches’ message board announces “i hear ariel pink is recording some guest vocals for it and once those are done, the album will be finished (!).” [sic]
December 2010: The Avalanches announce they have produced a track with Herrema called ‘The Stepkids’. They claim the track is “probably the best song we ever done”.
May 2011: Pavlovic again teases fans by announcing that the band had “finished and they’re celebrating. They’re going to have a little party to celebrate finishing it. The next stage will see the album go to someone to mix. And then we’ll probably drop a song later this year, and the album early next year.”
June 2011: Avalanches play a DJ set at the Pavlovic-curated Vivid LIVE festival in Sydney.
January 2012: Herrema claims that the long-awaited new album would “definitely” be out before the start of 2013.
March 2012: Rapper Danny Brown announces “I did a new song on the album. It’s called ‘Frank Sinatra’ … They [The Avalanches] contacted my manager. I knew of them, but I can’t say I was that deep into their music. But I went back and studied it, and it’s just amazing. I am ecstatic about that shit.”
August 2012: Avalanches release a demo version ‘A Cowboy Overflow Of The Heart’ featuring David Berman of the Silver Jews on vocals.
June 2013: The band remix the Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler standard ‘Get Happy’ for new musical King Kong. Nosheen Iqbal, the acting Culture Editor at guardian.co.uk, reveals that she heard several new Avalanches songs and that the album is due for release in February 2014 with a single tentatively scheduled for September. Iqbal says the songs were played to her by Modular boss Steve Pavlovic on his phone at the label’s FOR festival on the island of Hvar in Croatia. In a series of tweets, Iqbal revealed that The Avalanches have recorded 30 songs for the new album and that they “sound exactly the same … But in a really GOOD way”.
September 2013: ‘Stalking To A Stranger’ remix released. Still no album.