BUY Francis Neve’s Dance Around The Fire

Out now. Buy it here.


On Monday Shaun declared it “wonderful” before playing it here. It’s 50:30 mins into the show. He also quotes Chris Hawkins as saying he “loves Francis”.

“If you’ve lived this summer you’ve seen it all…”

Producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Francis Neve is back on December 5 with a 4 track EP. Lead single ‘Dance Around The Fire’ is backed by ‘I Lie’, and two new remixes of ‘Brian’s Drying Up’, by hotly-tipped Bangatang and DJ Ruckspin respectively. Watch the ace promo for ‘Dance’ above.

The EP is his first release since the BBC 6 Breakfast Record Of The Week ‘I Won’t Make You Better’, the last lifted from critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Second Time We First Met.’

Neve has been listening to artists like The Soft Moon, Wild Nothing and Goldffinch – and it shows. Even better, ‘Dance Around The Fire’ sees him move into more upbeat, celebratory territory.

‘I’ve got a lot more positive energy at the moment and it’s coming through in my music,’ he says.

It was borne out of what Neve terms ‘the most unusual summer we’ve had in London.’ He continues: ‘But the sentiment is a really positive one … The song is trying to focus on the good things in life and how we treat each other rather than the bad that we always hear about in the news. Its hopeful.’

The B-side showcases the icy electronics of the vocoder-driven ‘I Lie,’ whilst the package is completed by two excellent remixes of previous single ‘Brian’s Drying Up,’ the first a house re-rub by hotly-tipped Bangatang, and the second a 2-step tech-house reworking by DJ Ruckspin. Listen to Bangatang’s mix here:

Francis has been a very busy boy so far in 2011: he’s co-produced and mixed for Babeshadow on Mairead Nash’s label Luv Luv Luv. He’s also recently been co writing tunes with Chris Hayden (Florence & The Machine) – and has been recording and producing a string of tracks for none other than Pixie Geldoff. He’s also about to do a remix for hotly-tipped new band Echotape.

Photograph: Nick Clark

The debut album ‘The Second Time We First Met,’ a collection of emotive lo-fi pop, narrating the lifespan of a relationship, was released last year, winning over reels of acclaim from the likes of Clash, Stereoboard and This Is Fake DIY, whilst the single ‘Brian’s Drying Up’ received plays on BBC 6Music. Francis and band have also been heralded for their enthralling live shows, including two spots at Gill Mill’s Best of Myspace nights and BBC6’s Chris Hawkin’s new band night at Catch.

We’ll post the other two tracks from the EP next week. In the meantime, some more information, perhaps?

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