Billie Ray Martin is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of her acclaimed Crackdown Project as a deluxe double CD digipack edition. ‘The Crackdown Project‘ features Billie’s re-workings of the Cabaret Voltaire Industrial/Dance music classics ‘The Crackdown’ and ‘Just Fascination’, along with an immense collection of innovative remixes personally commissioned by Billie featuring some of the brightest stars of the deep electronica underground.
Also featuring a vocal turn by Cabaret Voltaire founding member Stephen Mallinder – as well as a stunning remix from Hey Rube! (Mallinder’s new project with fellow dance music legend Steve Cobby) – The Crackdown Project is an expansive musical homage to the founding fathers of electronic dance music. Not only does Billie pay tribute to electronic music’s halcyon days, but she single-handedly pulls these classic tracks into the future.
When Billie told Stephen Mallinder she had just finished the job of selling out Cabaret Voltaire to disco, he burst out laughing. The legendary head of famed electronic band Cabaret Voltaire saw no reason to stop her. Instead, he agreed to deliver his first vocal performance in years on Billie’s cover of the Cabs’ song ‘The Crackdown’. Produced by top Berlin tech-house act Märtini Brös, this production brings Billie Ray Martin back to her famed house music roots. And with the UK's finest Nu-Disco producer Lusty Zanzibar on production for ‘Just Fascination‘ the result is a no-holds-barred epic groove fest with a Balearic touch.
Remixes were delivered not only by Billie's 'Your Loving Arms' co-writer David Harrow (under his Oicho moniker), but also by super-blog Audio Porn Central's top remix team: Celebrity Murder Party, Copycat, Divide and Create, Dunproofin, Flying White Dots, Phil RetroSpector and Year Zero have all delivered something that goes beyond mere remixing but they have created stunning artistic reworks of these classic songs.
Originally a digital release on Billie's Disco Activisto label, The Crackdown Project hit the pop mainstream achieving ‘Song of the Day‘ status at Popjustice and delivered 20,000 downloads in just a matter of days. It is now being released on CD for the very first time, including an exclusive new mix.
Stephen Mallinder: "Billie and I had been planning to work together for a number of years and now we finally did it."
BRM: "I could never do justice to the original songs but can have a damn good time trying."