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LISTEN: John Foxx & The Maths Remix Simple Minds
Laurie Tuffrey , November 7th, 2013 09:11

Foxx and Benge up the analogue quotient on new single Blood Diamonds

Today, Simple Minds release the John Foxx & The Maths remix of their new single 'Blood Diamonds', out via Virgin Records, and we've got an exclusive stream of the track - have a listen above.

Foxx and Benge give the track an almost wholesale analogue synth re-envisioning, as well as adding in a track of his own backing vocals, with Foxx saying of the remix: "I loved Simple Minds from the first moment I heard them because they were a slightly younger generation who had taken up drum machines and synthesisers. And they were unique. The way Jim Kerr plays with words and titles makes him the best internal movie director I've ever come across. With the remix, Benge and I went for deep beep, bleep creep and stun drum with me on backing vox. It was gleeful and glittering and glamorous. Transgression never sounded sweeter!”

Head over to Beatport to get hold of the remix here.

The original track comes from Simple Minds' recent greatest hits album Celebrate, with the band touring extensively over the last year. Tonight, they'll be playing London's KOKO as part of the Virgin Records' 40th anniversary celebrations; head to the band's website for tickets.

Foxx, meanwhile, has also had a busy year, releasing Evidence, again, with Benge as John Foxx & The Maths, in February, which featured guest appearances from The Soft Moon and Gazelle Twin among others and is one of our favourite albums of the year so far, as well as putting out EPs with Jori Hulkkonen (including a remix from David Lynch) and the Belbury Circle. Read his Baker's Dozen that we posted recently and watch the video for 'Strictly' from the European Splendour EP below: