Following support from Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Don Letts, Chris Coco, Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews and others, Pilote, a.k.a Stuart Cullen returns after 2013’s, ‘The Slowdown’ album. ‘The Slowdown: Epilogue’ is an extended ten track EP featuring remixes from some of today’s finest underground electronic music producers (Kin;Aesthetic, The Unknown Stuntman, Route 24 and Scaramanga Silk), as well as bonus material from the recordings of the original album AND a brand new Pilote tune, exclusive to this release.
When Pilote turned in the original album, he also submitted a number of tracks as additional material. We were faced with quite a dilemma! Initially, we considered releasing a limited edition version of the album with a bonus disc. We also thought about making certain tracks available as digital exclusives. And, of course, we played with the idea of a Japanese version of the album with tracks only available for that territory… But, we decided against all of those things in favour of one version of ‘The Slowdown’, available across all formats and regions. This also meant we could look to do a special EP and add some remixes from our favourite artists too!
The result is ‘The Slowdown: Epilogue’ – an ideal companion piece and follow-up to the original album. The psychedelic-electro-bluegrass-pop explosion continues across tracks like ‘Reverend John’, ‘Shanty’ and ‘When The Romance Been Gone’. However, we are also treated to an exoticly flavoured surprise via ‘Quattro’ as well as a moment of stunning melodic beauty courtesy of ‘Long Knoll’. We also get a glimpse of the future direction for the artist via the new track, the fiddle-fantastic, ‘Catching Matilda’ (featuring Camilla Rose Yuill).
Four remixers were also carefully selected and their tracks take the work of Pilote into far reaching places. The Unknown Stuntman opens the EP with darkness shrouded in words of wisdom before transitioning into a beautiful place, on his remix of ‘The Sixth Street Ramble’. Brighton’s Kin;Aesthetic has been wowing us with his recent releases and continues this with his dub of ‘Before You Fall Down’ (feat. Dusty Stray) as it absorbs electronica, future-folk and deep hynotic ambience. The popular ‘Lesson 51’ is taken on an epic journey via Route 24’s clicky rhythms, spiralling synths and pulsing bassline. Scaramanga Silk closes the EP with an ambient remix of ‘You’re Only As Cold As You Feel’ that sounds like a combination of Four Tet with The KLF’s ‘Chill Out’.
‘The Slowdown: Epilogue’ is an essential extension to the current Pilote sound with twists, surprises, reinterpretations and a sneak peek at what is to follow….
Support for ‘The Slowdown: Epilogue’ has come from:
Nemone (BBC6 Music): ‘The Sixth Street Ramble’ (The Unknown Stuntman Remix)
Gideon Coe (BBC6 Music): ‘You’re Only As Cold As You Feel’ (Scaramanga Silk’s Remix From The Cryonic Chamber)
Tom Ravenscroft (BBC6 Music): ‘Long Knoll’
Formats: CD / Digital Download / Streaming
Listen to the EP in it’s entirety here for a limited time only: