Band Electronica feat. Midge Ure: Das Beat – DL 
- Das Beat
Great Googly Moogly! It’s been a harried two weeks at PPM HQ but we’re back on track to discuss music once more. With all sorts of events happening during the time I’ve taken off. The most timely of which is the [gasp!] new single by Midge Ure released on October 8th, and coming recommended by ace commenter Echorich, so I didn’t waste any time in immediately grabbing a copy of “Das Beat” which is actually billed as by Band Electronica [feat. Midge Ure]. Leading me to think that it’s possibly made with the same band who played so well with Mr. Ure on this concert.
The background for this one is full of intrigue. In 2020 Midge Ure’s Band Electronica was playing a show in Dusseldorf, Germany where Herr Flür was in the audience. Afterward he asked Ure to contribute to his new project; leaving Ure to muse on the influence of the “Düsseldorf Sound” that Flür had been such a part of defining. The all important motorik beat crucial to much of the music we discuss here. With that in mind, he wrote a tribute to the beat itself and while Flür has recorded it for his upcoming album, Mr, Ure has also gifted us [see what I did there?] with his version of the song as recorded with his backing band. And you may ask what it’s like?
It opened with Midge Ure harmonizing with his own heavily vocoded voice reciting the song’s chorus; ironically bereft of any beats at all. Then the music got underway with a motorik beat of a stately BPM pace with yearning, chorused and tremoloed synth pads adding an almost bucolic dignity to it all.
Watery synths vied with chugging white noise train percussion performing Doppler shifts across the horizon, but the overall vibe was definitely more an example of La Düsseldorf’s long standing influence on Ure instead of the much more stern mien of the Trans Europa Express. It all sounded utterly warm, pastoral, and inviting. With a music box clockwork demeanor.
This single represents a side of Ure that has not gotten much sunlight in the last 35 years but was a bedrock of his fertile 1979-1983 period, and is highly recommended to fans of Visage’s first album, Phil Lynott’s “Yellow Pearl,” Kraftwerk before they became dance music, and especially La Düsseldorf.
Fans of Midge Ure in the US get the first post-Covid [even though it’s still a pandemic] tour by the peripatetic Scotsman. After long months of virtual shows only courtesy of Ure’s Backstage Lockdown Club will get the real thing in person in the “Unzoomed + Face To Face” US tour which started last night [before we were back to blogging] at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY. The next three weeks sees Ure working his way westward with a nod to the refined City Winery chain of clubs, where we had a great Midge Ure event in 2017.
MIDGE URE: Unzoomed + Face-To-Face US Solo Tour 2021
- Oct. 27 – City Winery – Boston, MA
- Oct. 28 – The Music Room – W. Yarmouth, MA
- Oct. 31 – Barnum Ballroom – Island Park, NY
- Nov. 1 – City Winery – Philadelphia, PA
- Nov. 2 – City Winery – Washington, DC
- Nov. 4+5 – City Vinyard – New York City, NY
- Nov. 6 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
- Nov. 7 – Randy Now’s Man Cave – Bordentown, NJ
- Nov. 9 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
- Nov. 12 – Romano’s – Riverside, CA
- Nov. 14 – Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
- Nov. 15 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
- Nov. 16 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
- Nov. 17 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
After seeing the tour title and poster I can only hope he remembered to perform the Ultravox B-side, “Face To Face” in the setlist! [checks] No, so that’s a missed opportunity. The setlist is the the usual well balanced swath of Ultravox and solo material with the goodie “No Regrets” being the surprise in the mix this time.