Pinched from elsewhere on t’internet:-
One Dove were a Scottish electronic music group active in the early 1990s, consisting of Dot Allison, Ian Carmichael and Jim McKinven.
Originally called Dove, the group released its debut single, “Fallen”, on the Glasgow-based label Soma in October 1991. It was a significant club hit and brought them a deal with the Junior Boy’s Own label. Changing their name to avoid confusion with a similarly named group, in 1992 JBO issued a new recording of “Fallen”, produced by Andrew Weatherall, which brought the group to greater attention from the British music press. The single was withdrawn one week after release however, due to an unlicensed sampling of a harmonica from a Supertramp song. Further critical acclaim followed with the release of the 12″ single “Transient Truth”.
At this stage, One Dove were still primarily a club-oriented group, but for the single “White Love”, an attempt was made to make their music more radio-friendly by including a commercial remix by Stephen Hague. With this increasingly commercial sound, the band became a favourite with publications such as Select and Q, and were often favourably compared with Saint Etienne, another female-fronted group who were having success with pop-dance crossover recordings.
In 1993, One Dove released their only album, Morning Dove White, which included the Weatherall version of “Fallen” (minus the Supertramp sample) together with 12″ mixes of “Transient Truth” and “White Love”. The album was originally set for release in 1992 but was delayed for a full year through disputes between the band and their new record company – London Records had taken over the Boy’s Own label. The band were unhappy about the commercialisation of their sound, and the disputes were only resolved when the band agreed to release singles mixed by Stephen Hague, if they could work with him in the studio during the remix sessions.
The album was preceded by the single “Breakdown”, with remixes by Stephen Hague, William Orbit and Secret Knowledge and a further track from the album, “Why Don’t You Take Me,” was subsequently released as a single for the Christmas market. For the B-sides of the “Why Don’t You Take Me” single (which included a reworking of Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene”), the group expanded to a five-piece with the addition of Ed Higgins on percussion and Colin McIlroy on guitar, and showcased a more heavily dub-influenced sound. This line-up later went into the studio to begin work on a second album, but frustrated by record industry politics, split up midway through the sessions.
The first time I heard them was in 1993. I’d missed the whole initial fuss and the link-up with Weatherall and so it was the radio mix of White Love that pulled me on board:-
mp3: One Dove – White Love
I still can’t get my head around the fact that something as smooth and classy as this was the work of a bunch of Glaswegians, including one who had enjoyed a fair stint in Altered Images at the height of their commercial success.