Flux (song)

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"Flux"
Single by Bloc Party
from the album A Weekend in the City (re-release)
Released 12 November 2007
Format Download, CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 2007
Genre Alternative dance, house
Length 3:39
Label Wichita
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Bloc Party singles chronology
"Hunting for Witches"
(2007)
"Flux"
(2007)
"Mercury"
(2008)
A Weekend in the City (re-release) track listing
  1. "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)"
  2. "Hunting for Witches"
  3. "Waiting for the 7.18"
  4. "The Prayer"
  5. "Uniform"
  6. "On"
  7. "Where Is Home?"
  8. "Kreuzberg"
  9. "I Still Remember"
  10. "Flux"
  11. "Sunday"
  12. "SRXT"

"Flux" is a song by Bloc Party which was released as a single on 12 November 2007. It was produced by Jacknife Lee, along with several other new songs,[1][2] during the band's week in the studio after their performances at the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals. The song uses mostly electronic instruments and features vocalist Kele Okereke's voice manipulated through auto-tune. It was first performed live on 26 September 2007 at Covington's Madison Theater.

CD1 of the set was only released as a free CD through the 14 November 2007 issue of NME. The song peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart as the band's fourth UK Top 10 single. "Flux" is featured on the re-released version of Bloc Party's second studio album A Weekend in the City and on the North American version of their third album Intimacy.

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was directed by director Ace Norton, who has previously directed videos for The Willows, Norah Jones and Death Cab for Cutie.[3][4] The video was published on NME's website on 17 October 2007. Like the Beastie Boys' music video for "Intergalactic", it pays homage to Japanese kaiju movies. It shows two giant silver robots falling in love while other monsters and robots destroy the city they are in. The band themselves do not appear in the video.

The video was filmed over two days in Boston with American performance troupe Kaiju Big Battel. Some of the Kaiju (Japanese for 'strange beast') characters in the video are the Call-Me-Kevin, Grudyin, Unibouzo, Vegetius, Giii the Space Pirate and Steam-Powered Tentacle Boulder. One of the characters has striking similarities to a Cylon.

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 7

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Kele Okereke, all music composed by Bloc Party (Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes & Matt Tong).

Digital download (United Kingdom)[edit]

  1. "Flux"
  2. "On" (Principle Participant "Legs" Mix)

7" (clear vinyl): WEBB135S (United Kingdom)[edit]

  1. "Flux"
  2. "The Once and Future King"

CD2 (cardsleeve): Wichita / WEBB135SCD (United Kingdom)[edit]

  1. "Flux"
  2. "Flux" (Live from the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden 03/Oct/2007)
  3. "Emma Kate's Accident"

CD1: Wichita / NMECD07-05 (United Kingdom)[edit]

* Given away free with the 14 November 2007 issue of the NME
No. Title Length
1. "Flux (JFK Remix)"   4:36
2. "Flux (Punx Soundcheck "Tenebrae" Remix)"   5:02
3. "Flux (Metal On Metal Remake)"   5:03
4. "Flux (GoodBooks Magnetism Remix)"   5:06

CD: Wichita / WEBB135SJPN (Japan)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Flux (12" Version)"   6:31
2. "The Prayer (Phones Metal Jackin' Mix)"   5:03
3. "Hunting For Witches (Fury666 Remix)"   3:39
4. "Flux (JFK Remix)"   4:34
5. "I Still Remember (SebastiAn Remix)"   4:30
6. "Uniform (James Rutledge Remix)"   8:23
7. "Where Is Home? (Burial Remix)"   5:32
8. "Flux (Metal On Metal Remake)"   5:02
9. "On (Principal Participant Legs Mix)"   7:50
10. "The Prayer (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)"   4:19
11. "Flux (GoodBooks Magnetism Mix)"   5:07
12. "I Still Remember (Music Box And Tears Mix)"   5:04
13. "Flux"   3:37

12" (clear vinyl): WEBB135T (United Kingdom)[edit]

  1. "Flux" (Extended Version) - 6:32
  2. "Flux" (Extended Instrumental) - 6:27
  3. "Where Is Home?" (Burial Remix) - 5:28

Digital download (France)[edit]

  1. "Flux" (French Version)

Digital download (Germany)[edit]

  1. "Flux" (German Version)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloc Party in 'Flux'?". 26 September 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Bloc Party start work on new material!". 26 August 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "BOOKED: Bloc Party - Ace Norton, director". Retrieved 30 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Latest". Retrieved 30 November 2007. 

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