RENUDE 19’s 'Blah Blah Blah' is a synthpop protest song that samples Greta Thunberg’s famous Blah Blah Blah speech from the Youth4Climate Conference in Milan, in September 2021. Lyrically, RENUDE19 have focused on the emotion of the subject matter and the desire for some respite and hope in a seemingly lost cause. 'Blah Blah Blah' is their second only release, the first was under their original moniker NUDE ‘Freedom’ which was released at the peak of acid house in 1998. It’s taken 24 years and a climate crisis for the follow up to enter the world on 12” Vinyl at the end of January 2023.
'Blah Blah Blah' re-imagines the sound of Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire and early The Human League to create a dark marble slab of electro, sat on a mid-tempo break beat underpinned by classic synths to give a pleasing retro feel. As expected from the duo with their background set firmly in house, 'Blah Blah Blah’ is a slow builder that peaks repeatedly whilst making a hard-hitting point about climate change.
The vocal is delivered by Brighton based Christabel who has recorded with artists such as the Freemasons and Skylab 9.
'Blah Blah Blah' uses the Greta Thunberg sample with Christabel emotive lyrics bookending the protest speech. 'Blah Blah Blah' was recorded by producer Ash Huntington; engineered by veteran techno artist Iain Rive (Cydonia, Semsis, Universal Sound) and mastered by Walter Coelho; the sleeve design was created by Pete Hayward, who has designed for Paul McCartney and Kylie Minogue.
'Blah Blah Blah' is only the second single recorded together by Christabel and Ash. The first was recorded in 1998 under the original name NUDE, called 'Freedom'. The B-side had a house mix of the track. Earlier this year Ash looked up the record on second hand record site Discogs and noticed copies were changing hands for as much as £175. After an ultra limited white label release, ‘Freedom’ had taken on a life of its own as a speed garage rarity. Ash then contacted Christabel and they decided it was time to go again. As the last band was called NUDE, this time they decided to go with the name RENUDE. The number 19 added as that was the number Discogs had assigned to the band name, Nude (19). 18 other bands had used the name Nude before. In the intervening time Ash had built a successful career as a DJ, having a weekly residency at Brighton’s Escape club, DJing around the world before leaving the music business. Christabel is a successful professional singer and vocal coach in Brighton.