SMELLING SWEET

Fun Lovin' Criminals, Groove Armada and Armand Van Helden also feature at London gig...

IAN BROWN debuted tracks from new album ‘MUSIC OF THE SPHERES’ during his first live appearance of 2001 at a secret show in west LONDON last night (July 6).

The former Stone Roses frontman was joined on the bill by Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Faithless’ Sister Bliss, Groove Armada and Armand Van Helden at the free show organised as a launch for a new line of a well known men’s deodorant – the line is called Zero Gravity and space travel was the theme for the evening.

Brown played a curious set in front of some 2,000 revellers, the majority of whom were from mainland Europe, at the converted film studio. With a pared down line-up of three – a percussionist, keyboard player and a sampler player – he focused almost exclusively on the deep-dub of ‘Music Of The Spheres’. Debut solo single ‘My Star’ was the only track lifted from either ‘Unfinished Monkey Business’ or ‘Golden Greats’, his first two solo albums, focusing as it does on the evening’s theme of space travel.

Brown also showed he is still obsessed with the perceived wrongs former Roses guitarist John Squire had committed by dedicating tracks to ‘junkies’ and ‘cokeheads’ in the crowd.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals, meanwhile, played a greatest hits set. Frontman Huey frequently poked fun at Russian technology and their spac-ships as a handful of people were being chosen last night to be spirited off to Moscow today (July 7) where they will be rocketed into earth’s outer orbit to witness Sister Bliss DJ on the craft in zero gravity conditions