The music industry has gone into a spin about ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ over the past two weeks. A mysterious limited 12” test pressings, with Paul McCartney’s face hand-stamped onto it, dropped in Phonica Records. The 12″ sold out in hours in Phonica and Deejay.de, going straight to number one overnight on both stores and selling on Ebays for 400$ ever since.
Later, Billboard Magazine broke the news in an exclusive interview, the record is the work of Timo Maas and James Teej. Originally a B side, the luminous ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ was first released in 1973 and took Timo Maas until 2009 to discover it during a trip in Ibiza. It’s only 6 years later in 2015, his musical cohort James Teej and him contemporised this classic sound and brought a modern edge into it. Revealing the details behind the story, the news spread wide with article in NME, Rolling Stones Italy, ID Magazine and support from BBC 1’s legends Pete Tong and Annie Mac. This is in no small part due to Paul McCartney being one of rock’s most iconic figures, from his frontman status within The Beatles to his solo outfit Wings, he trailblazed the 70s with a string of hits.
The original ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ was the closing track on the 1973 album ‘Band on the Run’ and found critical acclaim for Paul McCartney & Wings (the solo outfit the Beatles member founded with his wife Linda) through references to George Orwell’s 1984, yet it also tells an unlikely love story through its lyrics. Industry heavy-weights Timo Maas & James Teej elevate the track and spark it with electronic heat, creating a perfect storm between the past and the present.
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