In late 2008, Fife quartet Cruiser released their long awaited 2nd album, “HAPPYROBOTS:smiling people”. Well received by radio, their single “A Gentle Press” was crowned Record of the Week on Colin Murray’s BBC Radio 1 show in January ’09, with Colin declaring the entire album a “wonderful, wonderful, beautiful album” and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens proclaiming it simply ”Gorgeous.”
Soon after, Cruiser remixed a track for Bristol’s finest (and funniest) Kid Carpet entitled “Hitting The Wall” that appeared on the single release and also the “Sunday Best: Increase the Peace Vol 2” compilation.
Continuing the collaborative spirit and soaring on the success of the album, Cruiser pulled in their peers, heroes, label-mates and friends from across the globe to produce a full 16-track remix version of “HAPPYROBOTS:smilingpeople”, entitled “HAPPYROBOTS: programmedtoloveyou”. The album beats a righteous, international electro-pop path through the European stylings of Italy’s port-royal and dedo, Berlin’s Chronik and Greece’s Dergar and into the full 12” contribution from dance legend and Classic label-boss Luke Solomon. Eastern influence comes via Japanese future pop gurus and videogame soundtrack maestros Laugh&Peace and Hiroshima’s electro wizard Uchikawa Shinji, whilst the US makes its mark courtesy of Colorado’s The Joint Chiefs Of Staff and Atlanta’s Tiger! Tiger! Other notable contributions come from Cruiser buddy Kid Carpet’s version of the original album’s intro sequence and label mates The Magnificents, who chip in with an 80’s style reworking.
Featuring 15 artists and 16 tracks that include three separate versions of the standout track and single “A Gentle Press”, the resulting album is a stand-alone work packed full of surprises and musical cross-pollination that challenges the traditional notion of a remix album.
NB: Cruiser will be back with their third new album later in the year.