Black Strobe ‎– Me & Madonna / Fitting Together

Output ‎– OPR 51, Output ‎– OPR51
Vinyl, 12", Single

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℗+© 2002 Output Recordings Limited

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 024545 216721
  • Barcode (Scan): 5024545216721
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Label): OPR51-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Etched): OPR 51 A1 MANDY THE EXCHANGE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Label): OPR51-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Etched): OPR 51 B1 MANDY THE EXCHANGE MPO

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Kitsuné Music 123 Black Strobe Me & Madonna(12") Kitsuné Music Kitsuné Music 123 France 2010 Sell This Version
none Black Strobe Me And Madonna(CDr, Single, Promo) Output none UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Blackstrobe* Me And Madonna(CD, Single, Promo, Pap) Output none 2002 Sell This Version
OPR 51 Black Strobe Me And Madonna(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Output OPR 51 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Kitsuné Music 123 Black Strobe Me & Madonna(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Kitsuné Music Kitsuné Music 123 France 2010


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April 6, 2017

Me & Madonna. I keep returning to this track every year, and every single time I remember just what makes it so, so good. A definite highlight in the Blackstrobe catalogue, not to mention the indie dance/electroclash catalogues. This never got the attention it deserved, at least in here (the Nordics).


April 19, 2004

IMHO quite simply the best track yet produced, Me & Madonna by Black Strobe is a deep electro/disco track similar in style to their earlier track Innerstrings. The strings are still there, rising and falling in the backing tune, but now there's a full orchestra of synths, all adding different tunes to the mix. I find this is one of the rare tracks which can get away with having multiple tunes, as they all seem to fit perfectly. Even the lyrics, if mildly nonsensical, fit over the top nicely, with a duet between Rebotini and Parisian DJ Jennifer Cardini. The thick bassline and various light tunes cater for every level of the sound spectrum, from stringed treble highs to deep bass lows, with several others between. The only letdowns are the over-clubby beat and that some of the better tunes only peep in for a few bars and disappear, swamped by the other more dominant main tune.

The Two Fairlight Bitches version of Me & Madonna by Smagghe and Ewan Pearson is again reminiscent of Innerstrings, but this time Smagghe's No Shuffle Mix. The deep house sound is swapped for a lighter electro tune, similar in style to Pearson's other mixes, for example Goldfrapp's 'Train'. It lacks the lyrics of the original, but the overall sound and tempo is too different for them to fit well. Rather than grooving, this mix is designed for dancing, and the tune is a lot more simple, but with more variation through the track. The strings still remain, but twisted and electrofied to provide suitable backing to the main electronics, which buzzes its way through an effects-aided melody with an impressive break in the middle.

Fitting Together rather ironically doesn't really fit with the theme of either mix of Me & Madonna, being I now realise a pointer to their future sound. It begins with a seemingly random chorus of bleeps, and eventually evolves into a dubby electronic monster. It's quite simple and mildly nondescript, as I feel their newer music is. That doesn't mean it isn't a good track though, just a different style. Fitting Together was the track that attracted a lot of people to this single, the variety of the two sides means it appeals to lovers of 2 different styles, a clever move.

I highly recommend this single, even though it's 12" only, I bought a player just for this. :P Both sides are good in their own way, yet very different styles, worth a buy for fans of Innerstrings or Bitter Sweet Girl both.