A few days ago a new album by an artist I never heard before came to my ears and it's name Sex Monk Blues made me investigate for more. The artist Tom of England is the newest project by Tom Bullock former based in Cambridge and a member of Tonka Sound System and he had to flee because of several reasons to bring rave to San Francisco in early 90's. After moving to NYC he worked with a free-jazz punk band, had a collaboration with a DJ and releasing some balearic tunes as Laughing Lights of Plenty.
He worked on the project Tom of England during the last years and it seems all of his weird influences were packed into this record. It is also another collaboration with Rene Love after a longer time when they released a few EP's. She once told in an interview how they met: “He was playing rock/dub/disco that night. A week later, I came around his house, had a meal, smoked a spliff, etc. He asked me where I was living, I told him I was kinda homeless, so he asked me to move in and the rest is history. We’ve been friends for about 15 years.”
It is a record filled with influences from Suicide in their NYC years, a Jah Wobble bass and the result of some psychedelic trips. After all one of the best, inspiring and courageous albums of this year.
And as a bonus his balearic escape:
The Laughing Lights of Plenty - The Rose