“Early Herbert”

Accidental Records are excited to facilitate your listening pleasure of never before released musical nuggets from the Herbert treasure trove on “Early Herbert”. It’s a collection of tracks that were released on small independent 90’s dance labels that have mostly long since folded and cease to exist. A lot of these tracks are very rarehave been completely unavailable for over a decade. The iTunes box set format will include photos, credits, video links and visuals alongside the full audio. A feast for ears, eyes, feet and head. And everywhere between, naturally. Accidental Records will release “Herbert Complete” on Monday 4th March.

For starters, eleven years after it’s original release, Accidental Records are proudly reissuing label boss Matthew Herbert‘s celebrated classic album”Bodily Functions”.  Widely considered to be a house music classic having featured in various Album of the Decade lists (including Pitchfork and Resident Adviser), for many it was the first Herbert album they fell in love with.

Bodily Functions so effectively destroys every house music cliché, from which ever school, that my Romantic self wishes just to call this album “high art.”… I don’t think what Herbertand his collaborators have achieved can soon be bested.”
Paul Cooper; June 5, 2001, Pitchfork

There have of course been many brilliant house albums sinceBodily Functions, many of them influenced by it, but there is a distinctive, timeless quality in the sounds and words these songs were made from. Those sounds include the distinctive voice of Matthew’s former wife Dani Siciliano, human blood flow, bones, teeth and laser eye surgery. Indeed, Matthew’s now legendary Personal Contract for the Composition of Music (PCCOM) for which is he now famed, was considered radical at the time.

Featuring the seminal singles ‘The Audience’ (featuringShingai Shoniwa, now of the Noisettes), ‘Foreign Bodies’, ‘Suddenly’ and ‘Leave Me Now’, the reissued double CD will also include remixes by Matmos, Plaid, Mr.Oizo, Jamie Lidell, DJ Koze, Perry Farrel, Dave Aju, Richard Devine, Recloose and more. The vinyl 12” will feature brand new remixes by DJ Koze and Dave Aju.

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