Opium / Heroin 7"

by AV Okubo

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    Limited edition Opium b/w Heroin color in color 7" pressed on kelly green and halloween orange vinyl with original artwork by Beijing underground luminary, Chairman Ca

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    Limited edition Opium b/w Heroin 7” vinyl with hand silk screened AV Okubo poster by Shanghai detail mongers, IdleBeats.

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If you’ve never been to Wuhan, let me tell ya: it’s fucking BLEAK. China’s landlocked industrial boiler room, smelting the future from discarded harsh metal scraps of past failures. The heat’s so hot it’ll melt your will to live. Opiates help. Wuhan’s AV Okubo know this, they even soundtrack this. “Opium” is a re-purposed stereo-heater churned out like some retro-futuristic answer to the prayers you’ll be praying years from now, as the decline continues to decline. The voice of “Opium” is a voice out of time, a bi-gender mensch-machine crammed into a vintage Japanese vocoder, sampled and re-sampled til the original is forgotten in a self-medicated haze (while reclining, eyes open but not seeing, slackjaw dreaming). No clue what it’s saying (something about the Qing Dynasty GDP) — but the bottom line is: we’re all damned if it doesn’t ease the growing pains.

“Heroin,” meanwhile, sounds like the Sex Pistols telling Lou Reed to fuck off. Actually this B-side was originally supposed to be straight up Velvets cover but, as AVO vocalist Lu Di laments right off the bat, “the price is too high and I can't afford it.” Wuhan bathtub meth it is, then. Again! Maybe E, LSD and some more weed, to chase. OK, good now. Let’s do this. Only bass line that comes to mind is ripped straight from Sid’s dead mitts but it’s a miracle we’re even standing up at this point so... Wuhan’s fucking hot. Need more ice. What’s next? The rest… “and the rest, I don’t wanna know.”

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released October 31, 2014

Produced by Andy Gill

Recorded at Busy Bee Studios in Beijing by Andy Gill and Santi Arribas
Mixed at  The Beauchamp Building, London by Andy Gill and Santi Arribas
Mastered at The Mixing Factory in London

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Track Name: Opium
《鸦片》

全身放松
把自己抛回给命运
把谎言当成是真理

解剖城市的脏器
重复景观的垒集
无法表达的感情

大清国的GDP
无所适从的人群
西方极乐的回应

消费市场的雏形 魂飞魄散的香气

《Opium》

Relax your body
And throw yourself into the arms of fate
Treat their lies as truth

Dissect the city’s organs
A collection of repeated spectacle 
(and) inexpressible emotions
 
Relax your body
And throw yourself into the arms of fate
Treat their lies as truth

The great Qing state’s GDP
Crowds unsure of what to do
Response from the Land of Ultimate Bliss
 
The rudimentary form of a consumer market
The fragrance that lures your spirits away
Track Name: Heroin
It‘s two thousand and ten

at this very time 

drugs are changing



Heroin 

the price is too high 

and I can't afford it



Feed me with ecstasy

but he likes some LSD

would you bring me some weed

these things never cheat



and the rest, that I don't wanna know

and the rest, that I want to know

and the rest, that I don't wanna know

and the rest, that I don't want to know



Now I'm standing here

without a dope test

I'm so lucky

that's why I love this kind of shit

like a mother fucking Jesus' son 

who’s always so innocent



Feed me with ecstasy

but he likes some ice and LSD

would you bring me some more weed
these things are pretty cheap




and the rest that I don't wanna know

and the rest that I want to know

and the rest that i don't wanna know

and the rest that i don't want to know



Heroin 

the risk is too high

but it’s so fascinating 



Prick the needle

into my skin

take this injection 



Stick in your chest

see you bleeding in the bath

I don’t even care

all I got is heroin




and the rest that I don't wanna know

and the rest that I want to know

and the rest that I don't wanna know

and the rest that I don't want to know