Album: Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger Folksploitation (Red Grape)


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There's a burgeoning Scottish tradition of roots remixing thanks to the pioneering work of the late Martyn Bennett, but it's rarely done as smoothly as Folksploitation, on which Broadcaster recontextualises old folk performances by Peggy Seeger, with a strong reggae flavour reminiscent of Little Axe's remixes of blues material.

Seeger's voice remains the star, its slightly sour timbre on the prisoner's plaint "Bad Bad Girl" set to a dub skank punctuated with bursts of snarling guitar. But the most haunting transformation is surely "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", written for Peggy by her late husband Ewan MacColl, and here set to a Gary Numan-style, bleak synthpulse.

Download: Bad Bad Girl; Little White Grains; The First Time Ever; Gone