An indie-pop single that will stand the test of time
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The on-point politically active lyrics might have been written in 2017 along with the first idea for the track, but they make perfect sense for a polarised and discontented summer of 2023
Featuring James Rod and Andy Buchan remixes
From cosmic indie jams to spaced-out chill-out anthems, there’s not much Yorkshire producer and composer Robert Burbidge can’t turn his musical talents too.
But even so, his new single ‘Just Because’ is a striking change of pace, as Robert teams up with singer and lyricist Mikey B on the indie-pogo punk of ‘Just Because.’
With Robert and Mikey channelling their inner Ian Dury, ‘Just Because’ launches with a thunderous rolling bassline – courtesy of long-time collaborator Ian Stanford who also doubles up on rhythm guitar – and doesn’t let up from there. The on-point politically active lyrics might have been written in 2017 along with the first idea for the track, but they make perfect sense for a polarised and discontented summer of 2023. And working alongside fellow collaborator Winter, co-producer Steve Gligorovic and with mastering by Dennis Moody, Burbidge has created an indie-pop single that will stand the test of time.
The package is completed with two remixes that both take the original in stunningly different directions.
Spanish disco synth king James Rod steps up first with his arpeggiator, creating a driving and moody remix underpinned by a huge new synth bassline and placing the dynamic guitars from Oceanjaws’ Brian Acton higher in the mix. James is one of the most prolific and respected disco and nu-disco producers in the world, with releases on Gouranga, Midnight Records and Ashley Beedle’s Ramrock records. This remix fits in perfectly for the producer known for his dark and uplifting synth disco.
Leeds DJ and producer Andy Buchan then turns in a chugging mid-tempo indie-disco remix that makes full use of the incendiary vocals. Known for his disco and indie edits and original music that spans house and nu-disco, Andy uses his near-decade of production experience on his ‘Just Because’ remix, creating a new version that neatly straddles the disco and indie worlds.
‘Just Because’ is released 22nd September 2023
Album artwork credit: Whatever Graphics