Captivating, seductive, delicate, dark, inventive Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Welcome to the new remixes from Ã¢â‚¬ËœSecrets And LiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, the third album by Bertie Blackman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t listening to the radio or pop music when I made the record,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bertie explains, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I went into another world.Ã¢â‚¬Â This time around, Bertie traded her guitars for keyboards, exploring the electronic world. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dark,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but also a pop record. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good to make a pop record.Ã¢â‚¬Â Bertie smiles. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a little nuttier after this experience. But making this album was a cathartic experience.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bertie is making big waves in Australia already. Her debut album, 2004Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœHeadwayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (featuring her breakthrough single Ã¢â‚¬ËœFavourite JeansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢), was a folk-inspired adventure, powered by BertieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s acoustic guitar. Ã¢â‚¬ËœFavourite JeansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ quickly became a radio favourite and an independent chart hit, placing in the Top 10 of the indie charts for 29 consecutive weeks and is still on rotation on Triple J (AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s national radio station). The follow-up, 2006Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœBlackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, saw Bertie armed with an electric guitar and delivering some grittier sounds. Now in 2009, Ã¢â‚¬ËœTown Of SorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ & Ã¢â‚¬ËœSky Is FallingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ are two of the most moving new tracks from her forthcoming Ã¢â‚¬ËœSecrets And LiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ album, and both have been tenderly remixed by the cream of MelbourneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dance fraternity.
Mic Newman is a producer on the rise. At the tender age of 24 he has already remixed the likes of Booka Shade, Dirty South, Paul Harris, Richard Dinsdale, Se:Sa and Mason. Taggy (aka Lewie Day) has an intuitive ability to turn an original song into something fresh and ready for the dance floor. Not confined just to remixes, Lewie has also had his own tracks released on respected dance labels EQ-Grey and 8-Bit.
Bertie BlackmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœSecrets And LiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ LP will be released in early 2009 via Forum 5 (Australia), and Ã¢â‚¬ËœTown Of SorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢/Ã¢â‚¬â„¢The Sky Is FallingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (Remixes) is available now on respected Australian dance label EQ-Grey Recordings.