"Ladies and gentlemen, our next round is called Lingo, where we explore and are explored by the wily and exotic tongues of Johnny Foreigner."
From the QI unaired pilot, a selection of contemporary Dutch words.
Robert Owens - “I’ll Be Your Friend” (Original Def Mix)
Written and produced by David Morales, Satoshi Tomiie and Owens, with keyboards by Eric Kupper. Owens had previously been the vocalist on Fingers, Inc. as well as the classic “Tears” produced by Tomiie and Frankie Knuckles.
Residing in spirit somewhere between the clatteringly-claustrophobic “No Way Back" and the outright soul manipulation of Phuture’s "Acid Trax (Cocaine Mix).” Owens reads the ambiguous vocal line perfectly–he makes being your friend sound alternately promising, exciting, scary and dead wrong. The only thing you’re really sure of here is that he will be your friend. But what does that mean? And at what cost?
Acid, techno and post-85 house all generated tracks that made for unsettling environments, with vocals either absent or in minor, assisting roles. This is really one of the first tracks to take the alienating, confusing potential of machine-made music to its’ logical conclusion, aided by a vocalist that could go from swooping soul croon to distant cyborg within the space of a bar or two.
Damn, and I love all the synth-horns the most.
Art by Guillaume Alby (better known by his artist name Remed)