Sasha : Refracted : LiveCatalogue No. ALNDVDB43
The Blu-Ray enables fans who missed the two record-sell-out shows in May to catch up with the lucky ones who witnessed Sasha’s towering presence dominating centre stage at his live performance debut. Those whose fast trigger fingers snagged them a ticket will now have the whole show to relive at will, though as only 2000 copies will be released, speed will be of the essence again. But for everyone, the stunning Xpander rework is now available for all to stream on Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube.
Sasha’s focus on the future and fresh worlds to conquer made it unlikely he’d revisit his seminal cut, which electrified dancefloors in 1999 and has been spoken of with awe ever since. So he began a seemingly new piece on stage, which then revealed itself to be a special new rework, bringing the stunned audience to their feet in a goosebump-inducing joyful finale.
‘From day one everyone was like “We’ve got to do Xpander!” Sasha says. ‘Of course, it was the scariest thing to tackle because it was such a big old record. We slowed it right down, put this really teasing intro in it that sounded very [Steve] Reich-ian. The moment that it opened up and the riff came in was a really special moment at the Barbican.’
The rework rounded off Sasha’s live interpretation of his highly-acclaimed Scene Delete album on the eminent Late Night Tales label along with tracks from his back catalogue, on keyboards and accompanied by vocalists, band and string ensemble.
The Blu-Ray package includes the full show on Blu-ray (plus interviews with several of the musicians and singers, including Charlie May and Dave Gardner), along with two audio CDs for both halves of the show and a high-quality audio download. Each Blu-Ray booklet is individually numbered and personally signed by Sasha.
‘It was a mountain to climb. The last few days of rehearsals, it just got tighter and tighter. It went from this frantic atmosphere a month before the show, everyone panicking, to suddenly everyone going, “Oh this is working, it’s going to be great!” It achieved everything and more by doing it the way we did. In terms of a personal achievement, the fact that I’ve learned to play again is such an important part of this for me. The way we worked together, the way we interacted with each other, just buzzing off each other and playing as a band, I’ve never had that before.’
Printed on high quality 350gsm silk art paper, you can also take a piece of the show home with the special edition poster. Product shipping 5th October.
(Refracted Live Part 1)
01. Channel Deq - 2.44
02. Linepulse / Baracus / View2 - 12.30
03. Detour / Pontiac - 12.24
04. Time After Time / Modcon / Interstellar - 10:13
05. Warewolf / Bring On The Night-Time - 12.55
06. Vapour Trails / Rooms - 8.42
(Refracted Live Part 2)
07. Gothika / Sparky - 5:13
08. Celestial / Battleships / Belfunk - 16.55
09. Every Love That Ever Was - 6.35
10. Burma / Smile - 12.23
11. Wavy Gravy ) - 8.58
12. Xpander - 10.57
BEHIND THE SCENES INTERVIEWS 1. Sasha
2. Charlie May - Keyboards
3. Dave Gardner - Keyboards & Effects
4. John Graham - Vocals
5. Rodriguez Jr. - Vocals
6. Laura Bettinson - Vocals
7. 1403 - Vocals
CD1 (Refracted Live Part 1)
1. Channel Deq
7. Time After Time
11. Bring On The Night-time (Feat. Laura Bettinson)
13. Rooms (Feat. John Graham)
CD2 (Refracted Live Part 2)
4. Battleships (feat. Abigail Wyles)
6. Every Love That Ever Was (Feat. 1403)
8. Smile (Feat. Rodriguez Jr.)
9. Wavy Gravy