This is the second of the three Vanity label 7"s. There isn't much info available for Mad Tea Party on the web. The only other recording I know of from them is their track from the excellent Foam compilation posted here last year.
As with the other two singles, this has a paste-on b&w picture glued onto the sleeve.
All three tracks vary in style. The first track, Hide and Seek, is a rock track with a garage sound and a punk-like bass line. It eventually cuts into an amazing break that I have not only sampled, but used as a ringtone for a while as well as my morning alarm on my Nabaztag. Yet another timeless gem from the Vanity label.
Modern Time's Pop is a drastic change to the previous track. A lighter piece with schoolgirl-ish singing and talking/muttering over backwards music. This is the closest to their contribution on the Foam compilation. I think it falls somewhere between Position Normal and Takako Minekawa.
The last track, In a Tea Bag, is structured around a version of Hide and Seek heavy on drum effects with minimal vocals.
So, as I mentioned above, I liked the drum break on Hide and Seek so much that I sampled it. A few years ago, I put together an instrumental edit version of the track. I also worked on a remix that I never quite finished. Recently, I dug into both of these again and cleaned them up a bit, removing some sections, making them flow better, etc... They are both credited to AtlantisAudioArchive to avoid mistaking these for part of the actual release. The edit is based entirely on samples from the original track. The remix features bits of the original in addition to a few other samples.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of these. I promise the third 7" will be posted much quicker than this one....