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'The Cursed Version': Taylor Swift's New Album Mispressed With Retro '90s UK Electronica Tracks

12 July 2023 | 12:25 pm | Jessie Lynch

"If you bought the vinyl and were excited to listen to 'Speak Now', you will now be confronted by some of the most bizarre and brilliant music ever made."

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There’s no doubt whatsoever that Taylor Swift’s latest record-smashing album Speak Now (Taylor's Version) has well and truly taken over the music scene this past week.

But some fans were left hilariously confused when their copy of Swift’s new record seemed to be impressed with a ‘90s UK electronica album.

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Producer, DJ and record label boss Damien Lazarus posted the viral TikTok video posted by user @mischief_marauder, which shows the T-Swiz fan revealing her confusion over the unexpected content, as the record plays Cabaret Voltaire's Soul Vine (70 Billion People) and Thunderhead's True Romance in the background.

He captioned the video, “As far as record company mistakes go, this has to be one of the finest. Anyone that has bought the Orchid marbled vinyl copy of @taylorswift beautiful Speak Now album is not actually hearing Ms Swift but instead is hearing the incredible HAPPY LAND compilation curated by my best friends and @crosstownrebels team of @edcartwright & @leonjames70

“Basically, if you bought the vinyl and was excited to listen to Speak Now, you will now be confronted by some of the most bizarre and brilliant music ever made by the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, Ultramarine, Thunderhead and Matthew Herbert. Good luck!!!!

As it turns out, the album mistakenly packaged as Taylor Swift's release is titled Happy Land: A Compendium Of Electronic Music From The British Isles 1992-1996 Vol.1.

It was initially released by the label and distributor Above Board in March and features notable artists such as Aphex Twin, Matthew Herbert, and The Black Dog.

Above Board founder Dan Hill spoke to Resident Advisor about the gargantuan (and, let’s face it, hilarious) fuck up, saying, "I dunno what the hell has happened, but Taylor Swift's records seem to have been mispressed with our album.”

"Swift fans on TikTok are calling it 'the cursed version.' It's a massive collision of worlds as the music featured is from such different musical spheres. Mistakes happen all the time, we've certainly made a few, but I hope the fans enjoy their surprise mix of electronic music.”

He added, “I'm sure it's going to be a Discogs rare pressing classic in years to come."