Opium / Heroin 7"

by AV Okubo

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  • Limited Edition 7" on Kelly Green & Halloween Orange Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    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

    Includes unlimited streaming of Opium / Heroin 7" via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Limited Edition 7" + Handscreened Poster
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

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

    Includes unlimited streaming of Opium / Heroin 7" via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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1.
03:43
《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
2.
03:08
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

about

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.”

credits

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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