A Spade Is Played Again

Year : 2023
Label(s) : Possession Records
Formats : Digital Single
A Spade Is Played Again (Single Cover)



A Spade Is Played Again is the first of two digital single releases from the 2023 album No. With a different, original version of this track on the 2021 compilation Dream Baby Dream Volume 1, this extended single contains a newer version of the titular album track “A Spade Is Played Again”.

The second variation, “A Spade Is Played Again (Breakdown Version)”, is an alternate Soft Riot version of the track, twisting the original far more into grainy post-punk territory. Having put down the guitar for synths since the start of the Soft Riot project, the “axe” is dusted off for this special version, providing shards of metallic noise and dubbed out noise-rock fragments over a propulsive beat.

Also included are two further versions of this track, the first variation being a collaborative rework of the title track, named “Rebuilding It Again” by Berlin-based DJ/electronic artist Carlos Grabstein, otherwise known as 89st, who runs the Berlin-based electronic label Miseria Records.

The second is a remix by Halicon — the moniker of Dayton, Ohio-based musician Tim Krug. An old friend from the days of touring in North America back in the 2000s, Krug is also known for work in other projects including Hexiadiode, Oh Condor and Brainiac.

Closing up this release is the non-album track “No Strings Attached”, which was originally intended to be the opening track on the No. album and was recorded and mixed with all of the tracks from that album but was not selected for the final album release. One of the shorter Soft Riot album tracks that has ever been released, it has a creeping, chromatic and slightly cinematic feel, with its lyrics suggesting imagery of “opening a scene” for some abstract, non-existent piece of thriller cinema.


Tracks 1 and 4 recorded between Summer 2020 and Summer 2022 by Jack D at Studio Carillon, Glasgow UK. Track 3 recorded in Spring 2023 by Jack D at Studio Carillon. Production and arrangement on Track 3 by Tim Krug. All tracks written, recorded and produced by JJD. Artwork and photography by JJD. Mastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Mastering in April 2023. Artwork and design by JJD as JJD Works.


  1. A Spade Is Played Again
  2. A Spade Is Played Again (Breakdown Version)
  3. Soft Riot & Carlos Grabstein — “Rebuilding It Again”
  4. A Spade Is Played Again (Halicon Remix)
  5. No Strings Attached

Catalogue Number : PSSN10.A