Broadcaster ft Peggy Seeger
The collaboration of a septuagenarian US folk music legend and a British experimental dance music producer may be highly improbable, but folk grande dame Peggy Seeger and Broadcaster have pulled off a genre-defying album full of hypnotic and hook laden delights.
Lead single ‘First Time Ever’ is out July 2nd via Red Grape Music and has already been played by Radio 2's Janice Long who described the single as "...excellent and fantastic".
The song was originally written by Ewan MacColl for the 20 year-old Peggy in the early days of their courtship. Broadcaster works his studio magic on Peggy’s heart-rending vocals and lays them against dub, groove and techno beats. With the added poignancy of a woman in later years remembering a lost love, the results are nothing short of stunning.
The track is taken from new album ‘Folksploitation’ which is both a musical collaboration and a concept. The unlikely juxtaposition of Seeger’s delicate vocals and Broadcaster’s dub, hip hop, funk and techno beats, turns the improbable into the possible, the traditional into the experimental and a conundrum into artistry.
Broadcaster has never been afraid to break musical boundaries or cross genres, as witnessed by his remarkable 2008 debut ‘Primary Transmission’, in which he took samples from the legendary 1960s BBC Radio Ballads series and gave them a radical dance makeover. Played on BBC Radios 1,2,3,4 and 6Music the album received universal praise across the media:
“Among the list of 100 things you never expected to happen in this or any other lifetime is Ewan MacColl turning up as a Radio 1 Record of the Week” -fRoots
“deserves to be played ALL over Radio 1” - Colin Murray, Radio 1 DJ
“ground breaking” – Rock n Reel Magazine
“revolutionary” – Gillian Anderson, Daily Telegraph
“right up our street” – Ministry of Sound Radio
“refreshing and vibrant” – Folking.com
Other tracks on the album include traditional songs from early last century that tackle the still contemporary topics of inner city violence and drugs. Still others are just great danceable tracks that make one smile. All are given the Broadcaster treatment that takes them into a different realm.