Boomkat Product Review:
There's something about the embossed lettering on this 12" sleeve that makes "The Big Pink Velvet" seem rather like a brand of toilet tissue. In fact, 'Velvet' was the debut single by the breakout 4AD band (released in a limited edition last year on 7") and it remains one of their most assured moments, mixed by My Bloody Valentine/Smashing Pumpkins/Nine Inch Nails producer Alan Moulder. The new B-sides begin with 'Velvet (Perversion)', which reworks the single in a more stripped down fashion as prompted by a BBC Radio 1 session. The song becomes a less streamlined beast here, fleshed out by big looming drums and strands of synthesizer that sound like someone just set fire to a Gary Numan song. A cover of Otis Redding's 'These Arms Of Mine' completes the package, featuring somewhat wayward vocal tuning and a flooded, beatless production that retains a reverent, ghostly level of hush.