PVA have returned with the release of two new remixes of their critically acclaimed single Talks. The remixes come from black midi’s DJ Dairy and Squid’s INK, and follow the band’s debut EP ‘Toner’ which was released last November via Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada (Young Fathers, Kae Tempest, Roots Manuva etc.)
Speaking about his remix DJ Dairy says, “This remix was super fun to make and a great relief from the boredom and stress of the first lockdown last April, the original bangs absolutely and hopefully this does it justice!”
Squid’s Laurie Nankivell also commented on the INK remix saying, “We started this just before the UK went into its first lockdown and as a result our creative process became scattered from one house to two computers. This remix is representative of that alongside a pining for the lack of a good boogy we were about to endure!”
Listen to Talks (Remixes II) via SoundCloud below.
Talks was the insistent and propulsive first release to come from PVA’s debut EP ‘Toner’. Produced by the mercurial Dan Carey (black midi, Bat For Lashes, Fontaines D.C.), the EP saw the trio earn plaudits across a wide-range of press and radio including placements in multiple end of year lists such as: the NME 100 list, DIY’s Class of 2021, Dork’s 2021 Hype List, Fred Perry’s One’s To Watch 2021 and more.
Talks also had two previous remixes that featured on the EP by Grammy-winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, an early fan of the trio, and fellow South London producer and artist Lynks. They can be heard here.
Speaking about the 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).”
Following the new remixes, PVA will also play a digital showcase for DIY at the British Music Embassy as part of this year’s full online version of SXSW. The festival will take place across 16th – 20th March – more info here.
‘Toner’ is out now – 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.
Ella Harris – Vocals, Guitars, Synth
Josh Baxter – Vocals, Guitars, Synth
Louis Satchell – Vocals, Drums, Sampler