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All We Are and Alex Kapranos team up for latest Speedy Wunderground release, Heart Attack

Released on the Speedy Wunderground label, Liverpool’s All We Are have collaborated with Franz Ferdinand front man Alex Kapranos for new single Heart Attack. Limited to a run of 250 7″ Vinyls, the track will also be made available as Digital release on April 5th.

‘The Speedy tracks are always such a good vibe and the studio is such a special place. As I think is typical for the label, nothing existed in the morning when we got together, and then suddenly everything was completed and recorded by the time we went for a pizza in the evening.”

Alex Kapranos

Both All We Are and Alex Kapranos have a history with Speedy Wunderground. With label boss Dan Carey produced AWA’s shimmering self-titled debut album and also Franz Ferdinand’s third long-player Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. For the latter Carey also created a dub remix version of the entire album called Blood, tapping into his love of dub and earlier work with artists like Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor.

In true Speedy style this new collaboration came about completely off the cuff. Kapranos came to the Speedy Wunderground stage at London’s Label Mates Festival at Moth Club in late Jan to see an artist he had been working with play. All We Are were also on the bill, and after chatting with the band and Dan they invited Alex to come to the Speedy session they had planned with the band two days later at Dan’s studio in Streatham.

Once in a room together the music came fast. The remainder of the day was spent forming lyrical ideas. All present including Carey contributed, jotting down ideas, excerpts of the days phrases and conversations and putting them together in true William Burroughs cut-ups style. ‘It was a way to detach from conventional song subject-matter’ says Kapranos. All We Are agreed, ‘the writing process was a lot of fun and for us a completely fresh way of looking at it.’

The resulting track Heart Attack is a skittering disco-post-punk jam. Equal parts of all their day jobs form something fresh, with echoes of Talking Heads and Alex’s unmistakable vocal delivery over the top.

Get out of the K-hole. Get on to the beach.

Heart Attack can be pre-ordered from Speedy Wunderground here.

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