Thursday, August 17, 2017

Endgames – Ecstasy (Centurion Mix)

Most Wanted! Endgames – Ecstasy (Centurion Mix) (Virgin)

Not their most well known reference, judging by the few chart positions this Scottish sextet managed to score during the first half of the 80’s. ‘Ecstasy’ is nevertheless probably Endgames‘ most groovy joint. Embedding all the ingredients that contributed to the recognition of the British New Wave. And somehow reminding of their Welsh alter egos, Scritti Politti. If not a bit of Zapp with their vocoderized vocal parts.

Comin’ up in an ecstatic lazy funk flow, meanwhile blending jazzy and chilling vibes. With thanks to its aerial synth line and and sax part by the likes of group member Paul Wishart, adding much to its atmospherism. 

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Overview
David Murdoch (keyboards), David Rudden and Paul Wishart (guitar, saxophone, flute) gave birth to Endgames back in 1979 in Glasgow. They started doin’ local gigs, eventually opening for Simple Minds by the end of that year. Most likely a synth Rock band at the time didn’t bring them that much. As a result, they thought about changing their approach. With Murdoch and Wishart bringing their youth Disco influences to the forefront.

They eventually dropped their debut-single – ‘We Feel Good (Future’s Looking Fine)’ – in a Phil Oakey (ugly) electro Discoish Pop style. And even though it received the support of Martin Fry of ABC, it didn’t do that much at the end. With Mercury, their first label’ releasing them from their contract soon after.

Endgames released 2 albums on Virgin between 1983 and 1985. But none of them happened to have the consistancy that would help them competing with their alter egos such as Human League or Scritti Politti.

Their best gem ever is certainly ‘Ecstasy’ although, ironically, it never saw the light as an A-Side but the flipside of the 12″ version of ‘Miracles In The Heart’. Receiving production work by the likes of Colin Campsie and George McFarlane of The Quick fame. Heavy D & The Boyz eventually sample it on the title track of their ‘Nuttin’ But Love’ album, back in 1994.

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