By The Insects
On 12, Apr 2016 | In Song writing & Production | By The Insects
The track ‘Freestyle 4’ from the Kanye West ‘Life of Pablo’ uses a sample from the Goldfrapp track ‘Human’ on which we shared writing credits with Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory.
The album went to Number One in the US charts – the first ever to do so in the streaming format.
Hometime was an opportunity to produce some great songs written by Alison and Pete Glenister, plus a couple written by Carlton McCarthy – a seminal figure in the Bristol music scene of the nineties. The album received rave reviews and Alison was nominated in the Best Female Singer category at the Brit Awards following the release of the album.
As well as producing the album, we contributed most of the playing – guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion etc – but we also used some great guest musicians on different tracks, including Adrian Utley (Portishead) on guitar, Clive Deamer (Portishead/Radiohead) on drums, John Baggott (Portishead/Massive Attack/Robert Plant) on an array of keyboards. String arrangements from Simon Hale.
“It’s been some time coming but “Hometime” turns out to be the best album of Alison Moyet’s career. With The Insects in the producers’ chair (see also Goldfrapp and Massive Attack), the sound is elegant and chilled.”
The Flies started out as a couple of late-night fucking around recording sessions with our friend Sean Cook. It worked really well – with the insects film influences and our mutual love of the darker side of 50’s & 60’s Americana and Exotica – Sean coming from a different musical background as a member of Spiritualized and Lupine Howl.
Probably best described as “The Velvets on a David Lynch set” NME.
Back in the 90’s we wrote a couple of tracks with Robert Del Naja & Tricky which featured on the Massive Attack’s 2nd album Protection.
Karma Coma and Eurochild both written and recorded – and nailed – in a few late night , impromptu, improvised studio sessions.
We also arranged and played on MA tracks ‘Hunter gets captured by the game’ (Batman Forever soundtrack album) and ‘I want you’ from Madonna’s album Something to remember
More recently we contributed, in collaboration with Robert Del Naja, to the score for the movie ’44 Inch Chest’
By The Insects
On 12, Dec 2013 | In Song writing & Production | By The Insects
We met Alison Goldfrapp whilst working on Tricky’s album “Maxinquaye”. We went on to co-write several tracks with Alison – and this track found it’s way onto Goldfrapp’s debut album “Felt Mountain”, and was also released as a single.
The track was sampled by Kanye West and features on Freestyle 4, a track from his new album Life of Pablo.
“Sitting somewhere between Ute Lemper and John Barry in musical texture, this single is a must for sensuous nights in with someone you love to snuggle up to.” Musicomh 2009