Rave On Irvine

‘Trainspotting’ author raves about drugs

Novelist Irvine Welsh has released a collaboration with veteran producer, DJ and former half of Radio Slave Serge Santiago. The tune, ‘Rave Dance’, is released on Jack Said What, the label Welsh started with pop producer Steve Mac and music journalist Carl Loben.

Over a house backing Welsh “narrates a story of recreational self-medication and its impact on responsible decision making”. The cut-up of Welsh’s voice creates a suitably chaotic evocation of messy dancefloor abandon.

It’s Santiago’s third release on the fledgling label, following on from ‘You Got Me’ and ‘Ear Racer’. It’s not Welsh’s first dalliance with the business of releasing music. In 1996 he collaborated with Primal Scream and On-U-Sound for ‘The Big Man And The Scream Team Meet The Barmy Army Uptown’. A CD of songs written by Welsh and Vic Goddard for the production of his play ‘Blackpool’ was released in 2010, and in 2018 a 12-inch single with Arthur Baker, ‘Dead Mens Trousers / Fly Boys At Soho’, was released in a limited edition of 500 for Record Store Day.


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