Sade had a new album out recently so we grabbed two minutes to ask Andrew Hale of Sade about the making of our favourite Sade track, ‘Paradise’. To go along with the interview you can press play if you like on our edit of the track though saying that you’ll be long done on the interview before the vocals even arrive at four minutes in.
You once told me about the recording of ‘Paradise’. Can you recount the story. I seem to remember it involved a studio in the tropics, a late night and your co-hort Stuart hitting a riff and staying on it. Tell us about it.. Where were you? Was it all in one session? When did the vocals come into it the session? Was it all pretty organic? It could be one of the most perfect sunshine records ever.
The sunshine is definitely in the record. We started the album at Compass Point – which doesn’t need any introduction to Test Pressing. We were super excited about it after the records that had been made there and hoped some of the magic would rub off! The MCI desk sounded great – the people around were amazing – Tina (Weymouth) and Chris (Frantz) still living up behind the studio and Robert Palmer living opposite. Bought a little dinghy and went out snorkeling with Chris Blackwell’s mum who was a real character. Ate a lot of conch fritters…
‘Paradise’ began late one night after a trip into town and lots of alcohol – built around the bassline which we literally jammed around for hours… And there it is.
Sade: Paradise (Apiento & Co. Pop Life Edit)
I’m never quite sure about David Sylvian. Some of his music is sublime, but he has a tendency to take himself a bit too seriously, and sometimes his music gets a bit too over-thought and safe as a result. His first couple of solo LP’s are terrific though. ‘Taking The Veil’ is from the second. Apiento and I reworked it, stripping out most of the vocals and emphasising the rhythm section. I think it turned out pretty well.
David Sylvian – Veil (TIm H & Apiento Dub Version)
January 27, 2009
Following Phil Mison’s guest spot at Test Pressing we have another gem of a mix from producer and DJ, Lexx.
Lexx has been eeking out some lovely edits over the past year or so, most of which have appeared on Lovefingers. Lexx has kindly given us his favourite edits for anyone out there who doesn’t have them yet. Enjoy.
October 9, 2008
This originally appeared on lovefingers under the name What If? x.