Montag, 25. September 2023

Monday's Long Song


In 1998 Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada released their debut album Music Has The Right To Children, an epic album in electronic music. This album was one of those why electronic music had a massive influence to my musical taste. The brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin Sandison fascinated me with their use of analogue equipment, samples and often hip-hop influenced grooves. Happy Cycling is the last song on the album but this version is recorded during a session for John Peel and shows how beautiful this music can be.

Boards Of Canada - Happy Cycling

Sonntag, 24. September 2023



James Blake is a British singer/songwriter crossing many borders to popular music. So he tried to involve hip-hop and dance elements into his pop songs. He got many critical acclaim for those experiments but less of them touched me. A few weeks ago he released his latest album and Loading is the second single from this album and he is going back to his dancefloor roots. On this song he uses a dubstep rhythm patters and cascading synths and shows that a melancholic mood could work on this sound. Not the best song this year but one that grows the more you listen to it.

Dienstag, 19. September 2023

Nostalgic Samples


Last week youtube recommended a video I have really forgotten. Back in 1997 Janet Jackson released Got 'til It's Gone with a massive support by A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip. I never have been a huge fan of Jackson but this song is a masterpiece not only because she used a sample of Joni Mitchel's Big Yellow Taxi that worked very well in a hip-hop and jazzy context. In these days music videos very very important and I know less videos that has this kind of attitude of a peaceful black community. Maybe it will be the start of a new series

Montag, 18. September 2023

Monday's Long Song


The recent days I got the news that The Who released Who's Next | Life House as a 10-CD-box after more than 50 years of it's original release. Townshend describes Life House in his introduction to the new editions as a portentous polemic about the coming of a nation beaten down by climate issues an pollution. He then explains how an opportunist and autocratic government enforce a national lock-down in which every person is hooked up to an entertainment grip.. Music itself becomes an inconvenient diversion, a very real distraction to the subjugation of the population in suits. I didn't listen to these songs in that context but now I can see his intention in various songs. Anyway, Who's Next is the last great album they made. Everything else later didn't fit to my musical taste any more, although it wasn't worse. Listening to the demo of Baba O'Riley shows once again Pete's ability of songwriting and I ask myself why I should have to wait for decades to listen to this version. But better late than never.

Sonntag, 17. September 2023

Dark Mambo


Three years ago Velvet Desert Music Vol. 2 was on heavy rotation since the date of it's release. Now Cologne's finest record label for new electronic music announced that Vol. 3 will be released in almost four weeks. One of the reasons why I liked to hear the previous album again and again is that over the full length of the double album, a sound was generated that made me dream of width. The combination of cinematic Morricone based western music, ambient and psychedelic was the perfect sound for late evening. Now the mastermind Jörg Burger and his crew are back with a new album and new artists hopefully doing an excellent job once again. The only song that is able to be heard in advance is Dark Mambo by French guitarist Seb Martel. In his music you can find elements of chansons and French pop as well as world music. Listening to this song I thought Steely Dan met Brazil musicians. This song with it's saxophone over tribal rhythm and Brazil pop is one the best ones out this year. If the rest of the album is similar to this it will be worth to appear in my years end list.

Dienstag, 12. September 2023

Walking With Jesus



Pete Kember and Jason Pierce formed in the early 80's Spacemen 3 and brought back (neo-)psychedelia to our ears. Starting on their first album with covers by 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges and Juicy Lucy to find their own psychedelia road on their second album The Perfect Prescription in 1987. They said about their concept album it is "a vision of a drug trip from inception to its blasted conclusion, highs and lows fully intact.". This is a very good description how to describe their sound. Trained by psychedelic heroes from the past both transformed it in a unique sound other bands live on this sound until today. Songs between Walking With Jesus a song with two chords and almost close to a perfect song and Take Me To The Other Side a psychedelic song starting slowly and turning to a feedback orgy. Probably one of the best second albums ever.

Spacemen 3 - Walking With Jesus

Montag, 11. September 2023

Monday's Long Song


Since ages I love the music Van Morrison gave us and I thought he can never do anything wrong. Of course, he never made a dull album since ages but my concern to his new music stopped somewhere in the late 80's. When I talk with friends about him and his music many turned of when he released Common One in 1980. Of course he moved away from his basics and turned more and more into a brass based version of soul. Friends told me that he drifted into money and commerce and left his soul behind. I can't agree to them because Common One and Scandinavia were true highlights in his career. Summertime In England has much more soul than most of the musicians in these days. These were good records to bypass the time until Dexy's will appear.

Van Morrison - Summertime In England