Thursday, 21 October 2021

I Believe That The Present's Perfect

Between Frazier Chorus and Client, Kate Holmes formed Technique with singer Xanthe Tyler. Technique released a couple of singles in 1999, followed by an album, Pop Philosophy, in 2001.  You + Me was the most successful of the two singles, reaching #56 in the UK in August 1999. On paper, You + Me had a lot going for it: Stephen Hague on production, Youth on bass, released on Creation; a radio-friendly dance pop song. Unfortunately, You + Me, follow-up Sun Is Shining and the album didn't result in commercial success.
At the same time, Holmes and Tyler also embarked on an interesting dub excursion with Mad Professor as Mission Control, releasing the single The Last Trumpet, featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry on vocals, and an album, Dub Showcase, in 2001. As with the Technique album, the Mission Control releases were on Poptones, the label established by Holmes' husband Alan McGee following the sale of Creation to Sony in 1999.

Kate Holmes went on to form Client with Sarah Blackwood (Dubstar) and further developed the fashion house Client London. I have relatively little Client music, although I really like what I do have, which will prompt some retrospective purchasing and a post in their own right in the future.

Xan Tyler is poorly served by info on Discogs, but a quick search on t'internet reveals that she has continued to actively create music in the past couple of decades. Xan recently returned to a partnership with legendary producer Kramer, this time as Let It Come Down, releasing their debut album, Songs We Sang in Our Dreams, in June 2020.  You can also find videos for 9 of the songs on YouTube.

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