Following the recent announcement of their debut EP ‘Toner’, London’s PVA have shared two new remixes of their latest single Talks. The remixes come from Grammy-winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, an early fan of the trio, and fellow South London producer and artist Lynks.
The remixes are lifted from PVA’s forthcoming EP, which also features three new singles – Talks, Sleek Form, Exhaust / Surroundings – and an additional remix from Girl Band’s Daniel Fox.
Speaking about the collaboration and his remix, Mura Masa says, “I’m a really big fan of PVA since hearing Divine Intervention, so when they very kindly let me hear their new music I jumped at the chance to put my own twist on Talks. I think they’ve got a very refreshing take on a very classic sound so I tried to do a similar thing with my remix.”
Listen to the Mura Masa reworking of Talks via YouTube below.
Lynks also created a new visualiser to accompany their remix. Speaking on the track and visuals they said: “With this remix I was going for like, Britney-concert-in-outer-space-on-DMT vibes. I tried to create this weird contrast between a mega-poppy, catchy, hard chorus and these ethereal, icy, super minimalist verses. And then for the visualiser, I was going for the intro of Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Frankenstein’, except instead of learning how to walk he’s learning how to dance. Bloody loved making both and can’t wait for people to hear my chaotic take on this amazing tune.”
Watch the visualiser for the Lynks remix of Talks via YouTube below.
Alongside the new remixes, PVA have also announced a new VR event that they will be holding in the Green Room at The Moth Club. The event is set to take place the weekend prior to the release of ‘Toner’ on 14th / 15th November. Fans will be able to buy tickets (in their household / support bubble) to listen to the EP via an immersive VR experience with table service drinks.
The event will be hosted by Slow Dance & Bad Vibrations – tickets are £10 and are available to buy on PVA’s website here.
Talks is the insistent and propulsive first single lifted from their debut EP for Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada (Young Fathers, Kae Tempest, Roots Manuva etc.), and marks the much-anticipated follow-up to their debut single, Divine Intervention, which saw play-listing at 6 Music alongside deserved international press support – perhaps captured most succinctly with an excitable “God, it’s good” from The Guardian.
The EP also sees the mercurial Dan Carey (black midi, Bat For Lashes, Fontaines D.C.) work with the band once again on production duties.
Of the new single, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Josh Baxter says: “Talks is about how we invent games in order to avoid expressing our true feelings or take the risk of being hurt. The song also takes inspiration from real relationships and the fictional relationship between John & Abigail Marston (the two main characters in video game Red Dead Redemption).”
‘Toner’ track listing
A2. Sleek Form
A3. Exhaust / Surroundings
B1. Talks (Mura Masa Remix)
B2. Talks (Lynks Remix)
B3. Exhaust / Surroundings (Girl Band / Daniel Fox Remix)
2. Sleek Form
3. Exhaust / Surroundings
4. Talks (Mura Masa Remix)
5. Talks (Lynks Remix)
6. Exhaust / Surroundings (Girl Band / Daniel Fox Remix)
‘Toner’ will be out on November 20th digitally and on 12″ vinyl (pre-order here)
More information on PVA?
PVA initially formed in the aftermath of a house party in 2018 and the three-piece have since earned a fearsome reputation as one of the capital’s premier live outfits, garnering hardcore support before even setting inside a studio.
Since their formation, PVA’s raucous live performances – whether that be as a full band or their famed early hour DJ sets – had been the band’s focal point.
These last couple of years have seen the trio turn The Windmill in Brixton into a second home, whilst regular shows at The Five Bells and the Bunker in Deptford defined PVA as a big part of the local music community in their early career.
In a time of uncertainty for live music, the band’s studio prowess is jubilantly now coming to the fore. The group meld industrial miasma, new-wave, post-punk and a focused pop swagger in one pungent multi-genre cocktail, which has won them fans up and down the country, as well as recent support slots with the likes of Squid, HMLTD, Dry Cleaning and The Orielles.
‘Toner’ is only PVA’s first EP, but it teems with excitement. Never for a minute does it sit still, skipping between ideas with instinctive ease, bringing to light a broad palate of sounds and influences. Notably, on Mura Masa’s remix, Harris’ previously inconspicuous line “the best is yet to come” is reluctantly brought to the front. Perhaps then, this serves as a reminder that although seemingly fully-formed already and among the glorious chaos of ‘Toner’, this is simply the first chapter of a book we’ll be re-reading for years to come.