Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2022

The Great Adventure

 


Yesterday we had bank holiday remembering the German reunification once again. I went out to meet some friends for some drinks and talking about this and that. When I came back after a good time I had to go to check a musical recommendation one of my friends gave me. The name Max Essa was new to me and also his music. In the web I couldn't find more that he is producer and DJ since the 90's and released some songs on Warp and Is It Balearic labels and now living in Tokyo, Japan. You can file his music under balearic but it is too easy and not fair because he is celebrating relaxed guitar sounds over a true balearic beat. Not the next big thing but one you surely have a listen to.

Montag, 3. Oktober 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


During the last days I often listen to a project I found a few weeks ago. The Flying Mojito Bros are two American DJ's and producers exploring the possibilities of connecting the late 60's with today's club music. These cosmic cowboys describe their music in their own words

With their boots firmly planted in dusty 70s sunsets, their pan-USA productions take cosmic country funk and rock to modern dancefloors via NYC latin disco and baggy acid house – on a bed of hefty contemporary rhythms.

Think the first summer of love meeting the second – Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Haçienda, The Doors at Shoom, The Orb at Woodstock.

I really like the idea not only paying reference to funk and soul and taking focus on forgotten bands.

CSN - Carry On (Flying Mojito Bros Refrito)

Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2022

Sleepwalker

 


A couple of weeks ago I featured the new release by Psychic Ill at this place. It was not really a new album because it was the start of a new series of releases featuring bands playing on live at Austin Psych Fest (or Levitation as it was named later). This event started as a one day festival back in 2008 and expanded to a tree day event the following year. This series captures key moments in psychedelic rock history and live music in Austin. New latest release of this series features live appearances by the beautiful Moon Duo from 2012/2014. Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada were on a high level at this time and show how great psychedelic music could be played by a small band. There are live highlights from their early recordings on it and I feel sad that I never had a chance to see them live.

Moon Duo - Sleepwalker

Moon Duo - Goners

Samstag, 1. Oktober 2022

Sharon



In 1989 I was overwhelmed when I first listened to the debut by Cowboy Junkies. The Trinity Sessions where recorded in an old church in Toronto and the sound of the band was reduced to a slow countryside mood and worked well by the fantastic voice of Margo Timmins. The band is still active and released more than 10 albums since then. I have to admit that I lost the connection to them during the last years but I still come back to their masterpiece regular. Now they released a vinyl album from another session from 1989, a stripped down version of their second album The Caution Horses and added with some great cover versions. It's on the same level as their debut and listening to these album I think the songs work best when they played in an intimate mood. This album is released as a limited vinyl edition only and is available on the band's page. Sharon can't beat their debut but it also another great recording worth to be listened and a good start into the last quarter of the year.


 

Freitag, 30. September 2022

Many Are Called But Few Get Up

 


When I got the news that Welsh rockers Man released a box-set of live recordings from almost 50 years ago I was going to pick them old records out of my collection and listening to them. Of course it is a retro sound, massive influenced by late 60's heavy blues and west-coast LA-sound but I have to admit that their abilities in improvisation is still a pleasure. I can't explain why they are great in Germany and less known in Great Britain, maybe because they were too individual and there were more bands like them playing the same at the time. But live they were far ahead of many other bands in this decade. For me it is always a pleasure to come back to them from time to time.

Man - Many Are Called, But Few Get Up (Peel Session 1975)

Mittwoch, 28. September 2022

The Children Of Scorpio



A few days ago I had an e-mail correspondence with our good friend Drew and he recommended an album to me that was really new to me. Project Gemini is the project of London based musician, producer and writer Paul Osborne. On The Children Of  Scorpio offers a tribute to Lalo Schifrin and the music of his soundtracks. Many will know the main title of Mission Impossible and Bullit in the early 70's. Osborne got the spirit of those vintage soundtracks and added ingredients of acid-folk and a whole of psych-funk to a totally new and exciting sound. I didn't excepted something like this but this is great, new and fascinating. Probably an album that could appear on many year ends lists.


Dropping Lalo Schifrin here there should be also played his fantastic soundtrack of Bullit at this place once again.


As well as the legendary car race in San Francisco from Bullit.





Dienstag, 27. September 2022

Kill Dem

 


Jamie XX returned unexpected last week with Kill Dem a track inspired by Notting Hill Carnival where he was at the first time at the controllers. He surprised with a soundsystem inspired track with a chopped dancehall-sample, a house piano and a great bassline. This could be main track in autumn in a good club.



Montag, 26. September 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


A few days ago I watched again The Beach, the movie by Danny Boyle from 2000 with Leonardo DiCaprio as a main actor. It is far away from my favorite movie but I still like the landscape because I traveled through Thailand several times during these days and I remember Phi Phi island as a peaceful and great place. In all his movies Boyle had a fantastic taste for the soundtracks. Most of them showing new bands and they got a greater audience. So it was no wonder that Underworld appeared on the soundtrack with 8 Ball that wasn't released on any of their albums before. A trippy beat, reduced guitars and the voices made this song outstanding and worth to be featured in this series.

Underworld - 8 Ball

Samstag, 24. September 2022

Typical Music

 


Manchester's Tim Burgess is probably one of those artist releasing album after album and almost anyone is worth to listen to. Now he's going to release Typical Music a double album that is everything but not typical. It shows his abilities and abilities from the sound of The Charlatans to Roddy Frame. An album I listened to during the last days and there were few I could listen in a row. It is perfect because it shows every facet in pop music from the last decades. Chapeau Mr. Burgess

Freitag, 23. September 2022

Enter Crocodile Mountain

 


Cari Cari, one of my favorite Austrian bands released their second album a few weeks ago. I featured them several times at this place and their new work fulfills everything I expected from them. Produced during the lockdown periods a few years ago they are back again with they psychedelic escapism and their love to Tarantino inspired pop song. Welcome To Kookoo Island is the perfect soundtrack for longer walks through the the landscape turning into brigth colours. Enter Crocodile Mountain might be the best example of their music: short licks on a deep tune electric guitar, a steady groove and a clear voice. What do we need more for a great song.



Montag, 19. September 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


Nottingham based DJ's and producers Timm Sure and Richard Hampson made under their stage name Coyote a few albums during the last years that impressed me very much. Now they released a new EP Everything Moves, Nothing Rests filled with six trippy balearic influenced songs. Each of them is far over this years average and the album will surely appear in my years end list. So if you don't know them by now - give them a chance.

Sonntag, 18. September 2022

Phase IV

 


If you grew up with CAN, The Velvet Underground and Tom Waits and then let techno, psychedelic rock and blues flow into your own sound, you did everything right. The London band Kerala Dust shows with their new single which sound you need for good nights in vibrant cities like Berlin, where they also have their homebase. "During the pandemic, we just got into a car and drove through the old east and found all these destroyed buildings. It is this mixture of nostalgia for the past, coupled with a melancholy about how far we would go to feel anything at all, "Kerala Dust say about" Pulse VI. And these words describe their new retro sound very well. Taking the best from the past to create a great song for night rides.

Samstag, 17. September 2022



In  1972 Neu! released their self titled debut and after 50 years a box of the 50th anniversary will be released soon. A remix album of this album will also be released. The National remixed the first song of the album and other contributors like Mogwai, Idles and New Order's Stephen Morris show their work work. It is good to see that this legendary krautrock album still has a massive influence to today's artists. Songs that can't be destroyed by no one. 


 

Freitag, 16. September 2022

Diabolo

 


Once again Adam over at Bagging Area was a bit faster than me to feature a new superb release. But it doesn't matter to feature Gabe Gurnsey's new album a second time at this little place in the internet. Diabolo his second album is a hybrid of many of his influences and marks a fusion of Simple Minds, Suicide, DAF, Detroit techno, deep house and Eurythmics. And with the vocals of Tilly Morris she adds the spirit of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder to their sound. Nothing more or less than an album from another great Manchester band that will be played at my place more than one time.

Mittwoch, 14. September 2022

Starlings



Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones aka A Man Called Adam are going to release another album later this year they made during the lockdowns 20/21 when they had time enough to spent in the studios. The first result was a new song released a few days ago and it is what you could expect in this way. It is a slice of uplifting neo-folk dance pop. Not a great step ahead of what they did but another great piece of music from their space. A song that works in almost every time of day.


 

Dienstag, 13. September 2022

Warmth Of The Sun

 


It is autumn and 2022 is turning to the last quarter of the year. I know it too early to look back to the releases this year that impressed me much but I listened often the last weeks to Pye Corner Audio's release Let's Emerge from this year a collaboration by Martin Jenkins and Ride's guitarist Andy Bell. It is an album far away from mainstream and the more I listen to it I find more details in the sound both created. It is an album that is fundamental for me this year. Jenkins described this album as bathed in sunlight and acid-bright psychedelia. And this are just the right words to describe this outstanding album. Nothing more or less than another gem and classic recording in this genre that should appear in many playlist of this year. 

Pye Corner Audio - Warmth Of The Sun

Montag, 12. September 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


Another forgotten band are The Heads, a band formed in Bristol in the early 90's and active until 2002. Far away from the sound Bristol stamped in the 90's they played a post-psychedelic sound inspired by heavy blues but with ingredients of The Stooges. They were know for long improvisations and a massive sound. It is no surprise that John Peel invited them several times for his session to show their abilities of taking us to a heavy trip into space. Music like this is made today mostly in Scandinavia. Their last album Under Sided was re-released a few days ago including their sessions for John Peel.

The Heads - Neu 75!

Sonntag, 11. September 2022

Salt Marsh

 


British producer and DJ Rich Trent is back with a new EP and a song that accompanied me during last week. He isn't the next big thing in music but whenever he released something during the last years there was always a song thereby being more than average in this kind of music for me. Salt Marsh is one of those. Starting with the sound of sheep to introduce the rest of the Balearic inspired song with a country-side guitar lick and the song turn into slow stumping relaxed mood. Not to bad to start into another autumn Sunday.  

Donnerstag, 8. September 2022

The Queen Is Dead

 


The news appeared right now that queen Elisabeth II died a few hours ago at the age of 96. She wasn't head of state but she was always present during my whole life. I don't have to judge if she did a good job or not but she always represent Britain for me - if only many people could agree with her. Who will be the next king, I don't know but anyway he will never get the respect and reference she got. Here are only some songs that came to my mind when I heard about her passing away.





 

Montag, 5. September 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


Neil Barnes and Paul Daley formed electronic duo Leftfield in the late 80's an released several singles until they released their first album Leftism in 1995. It was phenomenal when I first listened to it. Leftfield's music was termed as progressive house but for me it was much more. They were one of those bands that stamped electronic dance music including dub elements and echoes into their house sound. Release The Pressure is still a song a come back to from time to time. A landmark in house music still.

Leftfield - Release The Pressure (The Rough Dub)


Sonntag, 4. September 2022

Clear View



It's been a long time since I featured a German song at this place. Not that there are not artists enough but there was no song worth to be presented during the last months. In the past days a song by Oberst & Buchner came to my ears and it is a kind of those songs you hear and can't forget them. Oberst & Buchner are musicians and DJ's living between Berlin and Vienna and are active since almost 10 years. Freie Sicht is a hypnotic disco track with new wave influences that focuses on the important ingredients: catchy bass, punchy snare, breaks in the right places and lyrics that only explain as much as necessary. Close your eyes and drift away


 

Mittwoch, 31. August 2022

The Days Of Vine And Roses

 


Back then in 1982 popular music was ruled by electronic sounds and across the Atlantic ocean many bands returned to the guitar sound of the 60's/70's. Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, Rain Parade and REM interpreted their musical history in a very new and great way. Another band that played in this league were The Dream Syndicate, formed in the early 80's in Los Angeles and set with their first albums trademarks in American alternative music. Steve Wynn was the mastermind of the band which combined the energy of punk with music inspired by CCR, Crazy Horse and yes, Bob Dylan because Tell Me When It's Over has a lot of fragments of Stuck Inside Of Mobile... Their first album is still one of those that I always come back to and at every time it is a great pleasure for me to listen to their guitar sound and Wynn's voice that is sometimes very close to Lou Reed.

The Dream Syndicate - Tell Me When It's Over

The Dream Syndicate - Definetely Clean

The Dream Syndicate - Halloween

Dienstag, 30. August 2022

In The Sun

 


Yesterday I posted a long song by Psychic Ill and I remembered them when I read the news of a new series of albums released as Live At Leviation. It is a series about live recordings of the annual Austin Psych Fest. It seems like a series of live albums bringing back the best of American psychedelic music to our ears. Psychic Ill released a live album as well as Moon Duo from their appearance in 2012. Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada formed their band in San Francisco in 2009 to make a dusty, dirty and psychedelic guitar sound, minimalist rhythms and melodies, deliberately broken sounds and constant repetitions make up the sound. On stage Moon Duo make noise for five bands. Ripley nuzzles into the mic, playing down his fuzzy riffs, while Yamada feeds in flirty synthies and keyboard tunes. The drum computer works continuously without a break. You might think the two live in a different world. Or on the moon. This live recording seems to show them at a high leverl.

Montag, 29. August 2022

Monday's Long Song




I think it is time for another trip into space because I didn't featured this kind of music for a longer time. Psychic Ill are an American experimental/psychedelic band from NYC formed by Tres Warren and Elisabeth Hart in Austin at the beginning of the century and released a couple of albums and EP's. Psychic Ill play a guitar based psychedelic sound and on their longer songs they take you to a journey into space. Mantis is the first track from their second album and show their abilities at the best. Psychedelic mantras over a bass led ground with cymbals that wasn't even used in the days of flower power. A song you should watch the video by. Sadly Warren died a few years ago at the age of 42 and this is his legacy to the world.


 

Sonntag, 28. August 2022

Weird Goodbyes



The dogdays and summer are almost over and we turn slowly into autumn and the time when melancholic songs will return. I don't know why but during the last years sentimental songs were released mostly in the last months of the year. And so I wasn't surprised when I first listened to the new song by The National. A beat, a gentle chord sequence: Weird Goodbyes is at first simple and minimalist, nothing groundbreaking, until then Matt Berninger's vocals appear: „Memorize the bathwater, memorize the air / There’ll come a time I’ll wanna know when I was here“. Less singer can sing about separation and pain like him. Together with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon they made the an anthem for people who want to leave their past behind and looking forward to something new.


 

Mittwoch, 24. August 2022

Back Then

 


Last weekend a few of my pals watched the Stuttgart game for the Bundesliga and we were all disappointed by the result. Stuttgart were the far better team but they lost at home 0:1 at home against Freiburg. After we got over our frustration we went to a friends home to finish the afternoon, There was nothing more to do than talking and have good conversations until a friend started to play some music. Step by step each of us took over the controls and finally it was my decision DJing for half an hour. I didn't know much better than to go back to the early 70's to play some glam rock. We all enjoyed this evening and so it is a pleasure for me to kick you all back to music more than 50 years ago. Enjoy this little journey.






Montag, 22. August 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


This song came a few days to my ears and I have to say that I really enjoy this one. It is based on a simple blues figure but played in a relaxed way I listened seldom before and this by someone who is not too far into this genre. I don't know who Weils is or are from but by the names of their members they must be from Scandinavia. Glimmering electric guitars over a relaxed blues theme makes this song outstanding in this genre. Anyway, great music could be made everywhere in the world and if you find a piece like this that works well with a glass of vine on a summer evening you could be grateful.



Donnerstag, 18. August 2022

Lover Teacher

 


Last Friday Nina Walsh released Retrospective a new four-track EP with songs from her long lasting career. Walsh is a British composer, performer, producer and engineer and well known for her long time collaboration with Andrew Weatherall and The Woodleigh Research  Fascility. These four track show how different her style is and where she got the influences. Lover Teacher, is driven by a vintage `60s Vox Invader. Its distorted, fuzzed, freaked-out, mutant rockabilly riffing, recalling The Smiths and Johnny Marr from the times when they made Hand In Glove and What Difference Does it make. Great stuff. 

Mittwoch, 17. August 2022

Music Of Quality And Destinction

 


According to yesterdays post I have to continue with the project B.E.R., the so called British Electronic Foundation formed by members of Heaven 17. Their first album is not that good as the ones by Heaven 17 but certainly full of great and sometimes forgotten songs. The best thing they did was to hire artist that had their best times long gone by. And for me are the re-interpretations by Gary Glitter and Tina Turner made this album worth to be remembered.

Gary Glitter - Suspicious Mind 

Tina Turner - Ball Of Confusion

Dienstag, 16. August 2022

Penthouse, Pavement And More

 


Back in 1981 Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, former members of Human League formed in Sheffield together with Glenn Gregory on vocals Heaven 17, one of the pioneers of new electronic synth pop. They came up with the first wave of new wave bands and brought back funk into music. It was new and irritating to the guitar based music that was released at this time but you couldn't detract from the groove and funky sound of (We Don't Need) This Fascist Groove Thang that was played in every good discotheque in the 80's. It was also a political statement because the single's condemnation of the political leaders Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan proved an ill-fated move. And also these meaning made it an hit here in Germany.

Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

The song was originally wrote for the B.E.R.-project and was also released on their debut album Penthouse and Pavement which became a classic in electronic music. How great the song on this album are is shown by a remix of Play To Win by New York DJ's Martinez Brothers who had a big success in Ibiza.

Heaven 17 - Play To Win (Martinez Brothers Edid)

On their second album they created on of the best songs from 1982. Let Me Go is still one of those songs I return from time to time and I think it is a perfect track. Sometimes it is simple to create a great song when you have a bubbly bassline, dubby drums and the chopping up of the lyrics.

Heaven 17 - Let Me Go



Montag, 15. August 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


The good things about re-releases are that you can remember the times you listened first to it or you can hear something new you missed but the lot of releases from this time. This happened to me when I listened to the latest release by Stereolab. In 1997 they released their collaboration with Nurse With Wounds as a limited single. On this two songs Stereolab combined their mighty organ sound with the krautrock inspired avant-garde of Steven Stapleton and he couldn't hide his experiences working with Guru Guru and Faust. Tripping With The Birds is an experimental mix of Kraftwerk's Autobahn, combined with a Rother-esque guitar and the spoken words by Stereolab. A nugget of forgotten release.

Sonntag, 14. August 2022

Stepping Out

 


During the last days I read Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson once again just to see if this books works to like it did almost 50 years ago. I have to admit that I wasn't impressed that much as in my younger days but the way Thompson wrote is still freaked out. He described the journey of two persons writing about an off-course race in the desert near to Las Vegas. But it is more about using drugs than reporting about the race. Anyway a book worth to be read. While I read this book I remembered Curse Of Lono a band named after another novel by Thompson. Based in London they released a couple of albums and EP's and I don't know if they still active. They wrote songs Mumford And Songs would die for. Always between classic rock with a heavy affinity to Americana and Country. Steppin Out is a song that works to any time and any place to me. Especially Sunday morning with my first cup of coffee.

Curse Of Lono - Steppin Out

Dienstag, 9. August 2022

Dub Housing

 


A few days ago while I looked for something other I found Dub Housing by Pere Ubu. I almost forgot that I had a CD version from their 1978 album. Formed in Cleveland in the late 70's they created their very own version of rock music. Inspired by punk as a new form of music they added elements of krautrock and free jazz to their cosmos. Seldom heard a darker and dangerous sound like on their first albums. If any music can hurt than theirs. I know this is not the cup of tea for everyone and lots of people would annoy this kind of music but if you are willing to to go to the darkest chapter in punk/new wave influenced music you have to listen to this. A tour de force of experimental sound. On the other side many bands were influenced by them. Once I read that they were the link between Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, Soft Machine, Brian Eno and This Heat and I have to say this is true.

Pere Ubu - Codex

Pere Ubu - Dub Housing

Pere Ubu - Ubu Dance Party

Montag, 8. August 2022

Monday's Long Songs

 


Another slow start to the week and with a new song by Nils Frahm a Berlin based pianist and composer. I featured him several times during the last years at this place and now again because he announced a new album for September. It is the first new album after he released collected works from the last years and what I heard so far is much better than them. Music for Animals sounds like he combined Brian Eno's Music for Airports with very own ambient works. Right Right Right shows him at a peak of his output and fusions his ambient works with krautrock elements.

Mittwoch, 3. August 2022

Star

 


Sometimes a song comes unexpected and stays for days and probably will become a high position in my years end list. On the last days of last month A Mountain Of One a British band that is typically filed under psychedelic and prog rock. Now they released wit Star their now song. It was released with various remixes and the one by GLOK is certainly the best. A dubby journey into another space. More versions and the original could be found here

Dienstag, 2. August 2022

The Return Of The Protest Song


 
A few days ago I read that one of the last true folk-punk rebel is going to release another song. Together with The Singing Loins Wild Billy Childish released The Rochester Recruiting Sergeant a song where an acoustic guitar accompanied his words. I don't know if he wrote this song by himself or if it was a cover of a traditional folk song. Anyway, it is good that there are some people out there recording songs like these. Nothing more or less than a throwback to times when Billy Bragg got famous with this kind of songs.



Montag, 1. August 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


Let's start into a new month with a song that came back to my memory during the last week. Bob Dylan released Hurricane in 1975 on his album desire. t addresses the arrest and conviction of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. In the song, Dylan criticized the investigation into the Carter case and its racist acts. Carter and a man named John Artis were convicted of three counts of murder. This had occurred in 1966 at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. After it was widely reported that the crime apparently had racist backgrounds (the victims were white, Carter and Artis black), Carter and Artis were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In the following years, the case became more and more a controversial issue. Thus, the lawfulness of the investigation and the testimony of an alleged eyewitness were questioned. Carter asserted his innocence in his biography, which eventually led to Bob Dylan's contact. Dylan and his prominent associates reached a further investigation. In the third instance, Carter was finally acquitted. Listening to this song makes me thinking that less things changed in the United States during the last decades. Desire is one of those albums by Bob Dylan from the 70's that didn't the recognition it should not only for introducing a violin into his sound but just because there were so many great songs on it.

Bob Dylan - Hurricane

Mittwoch, 27. Juli 2022

Don't Go Back To 89

 


London based indie-pop band Chorusgirl is back with a new song from their upcoming album Colapso Calypso. Leading guitarist and singer Silvi Wersing moved back to Germany and during these days she got the inspiration for a new album. And it is still what I expected. This beautiful indie song with a jangly guitar, perfect reduced beat and her clear voice makes me curious for the whole album. Good to have them back.

Dienstag, 26. Juli 2022

Switch On The Sky

 


It is still summer and we will have many very hot days ahead here in Southern Germany. I am still off for another day with my colleagues from our workers council for an education in social payment. It is in a small hotel close to my living place so that we have time enough to sit together and talk about many things we haven't the time for during regular working days. Even if it is summer more and more bands sent announcements for their upcoming records. There are so many that I can't listen to all of them but there are some pearls I found. One of them is the new album by British musician, songwriter and producer Mark Peters. I got aware of his music when he released several albums with electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss during the last years. For Red Sunset Dreams he collaborated with Dot Allison for a few songs - the rest will be instrumentals inspired by old Western movies. This song is a perfect symbiosis of Dot's clear voice and Mark's psychedelic guitar sound.  

Montag, 25. Juli 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


It was in 1990 when brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll released their first recordings under their stage name Orbital. Influenced by early electronic and punk they created their very own kind of dancefloor music. They were one of those who brought this kind of music to our ears. Hypnotic beats with bleeps and vocals from somewhere in space. Pioneers in this genre that should be reminded at this place.

Orbital - Deeper

Sonntag, 24. Juli 2022

Go On



Another post after a period of absence. During the last weeks I wasn't able to pull myself together and continue working on this blog. Not that I doesn't wanted to keep on it was the fact that I spent a lot of time with my guests from Sri Lanka to visit some places of interest and that I lost my inspiration for the blog. I was happy enough to follow other bloggers but I had no idea for a new series or just to write about music. Of course I will continue and there will be a time to write regular. Today's song is an appetizer from the upcoming album by Panda Bear and Sonic Boom. They will release Reset in a couple of weeks. Together they finished ten tracks that combine poppy catchiness, playful psychedelia and nostalgic vibes. The upfront single "Go on" is the perfect match. Peter Kember used intros of classic songs from the 50'/60's to create new psychedelic pop songs from it. Based on a song by The Troggs the flimsy electronica sound sneaks forward step by step with repetitive vocals and spreads good mood with hand claps, relaxed riffs and gentle choirs. A perfect song for a hot summer day.


 

Montag, 18. Juli 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


Stephen Mallinder was one of the founding members of Sheffield's industrial pioneers Cabaret Voltaire. The influenced many bands playing a new kind of electronic music. Mallinder released in 1982 his first and almost forgotten solo album Pow Wow where he moved away from CV's sound. Inspired by krautrock and bands like Neu! and Eno he worked on an extraordinary sound including fragments of Giorgio Moroder sounds. I rediscovered this record while I got the news of his new album and I still like the music he made. Timeless bass-driven  an motorik sounds that combined perfectly post-punk, disco and krautrock. 

Stephen Mallinder - Cool Down

And I can't resist to feature his dubby experience at this place.

Stephen Mallinder - Temperature Drop

Sonntag, 17. Juli 2022

Emily

 

The other day I heard Emily by C Turtle for the first time and since then this song came back for several times. It is just a short work on semi-acoustic guitar with sparkling chords. A wonderful sound for a hot day in July. The internet couldn't give me more information that C Turtle is the stage name by Cole Flynn Qurike a London based photographer from Brighton. But it seems that he released various records during the last years.


On his latest EP This Is Not Karate he gave us some more relaxed and longer songs that reminds me to J.J. Cale and worth to be listened.



Freitag, 15. Juli 2022

Vibrator

 


In the late 80's Terence Trent D'Arby's released his first album Introducing The Hardline According To... and this record reached the highest regions of the charts mostly all over Europe. He gave us a mass compatible album with roots in rhythm and blues that satisfied many people around me at this time. It was an album many could agree to but I lost my attention to him because everywhere his songs were played. In 1995 he released his fourth album Vibrator and this one hit me because he lost his high chart positions during the years and turned his music into the way he wanted it. The result was an album that is timeless and filled with highly great arranged songs far away from mainstream. I found this CD a few days ago after a long time and was surprised that this album is still relevant today. On this album he showed us a spectrum of sounds that was a blueprint for many other R&B artists that came the next decades. Once someone said it is too rock for R&B and too R&B for rock - and this might be true






Mittwoch, 13. Juli 2022

Never Get Out Of The Boat

 


A few weeks ago a sampler compiled by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley was released bringing us back the sound of the 90's where a lot of DJ's worked on a new sound. Andrew Weatherall worked with Primal Scream and One Dove and also others created chilled, floaty mid-tempo songs banning often guitars out of their sound. Fell From The Sun could get a record for the upcoming hot days for me and bringing back memories of a sound that I fell for decades ago.

The Aloof - Never Get Out Of The Boat



Dienstag, 12. Juli 2022

Dear Scott

 


A few weeks ago Liverpool based musician and singer/songwriter Michael Head released his latest album Dear Scott after a break of five years. Adios Senior Pussycat the album before was during the last years one of those that was played at my home regular. He was a favorite of mine from his early days with Pale Fountains and Shack and I am sure he never can make a record that fits well to me. For me he is one of those artists today that is able to write the most beautiful songs with hooks and great arrangements. And so it is his latest release - a bundle of songs a lot of musicians would die for and for me always a record that will satisfy my soul.






Montag, 11. Juli 2022

Monday's Long Song

 


A few weeks ago Yo La Tengo released Prisoners Of Love, a tripple album filled with goodies of their long going career from 1985 to 2003 plus some outtakes and different versions. I really loved this indie-rock band from Hoboken, New Jersey and the cover versions Ira Kaplan selected. Not many of my friends agreed with my choice and told me that this was just another band from across the ocean playing a guitar sound recorded directly from their exercise room. And yes, there is truth in their words but for me they were authentic and their songs often far over the average and I still listen to their very own guitar sound. I saw them live several times during the last decades and every time I saw a great gig. 

Yo La Tengo - I Heard You Looking

Dienstag, 5. Juli 2022

Three In A Row

Another time I return an old series where I feature three songs that appeared one after another when I listened to the music on my mobile phone when I was on my way to the office the other day. Still I am fascinated to those thousand songs on my phone and mostly they make a good start into usual business. 


In 2015 Natasha Khan and English rock band Toy made a collaboration playing psychedelic and folk songs from Iran, Morocco, Thailand and the US. They created a very unique and also danceable sound that was played often at my place and it is still a pleasure to listen to them.

Johnny Cash recorded an old classic by Bob Nolan during his American Recordings. The song tells of a man traveling with his donkey named Dan in the desert and suffering from thirst. I first heard this song when Leo Kottke played this on one his early recordings and still grabs me in mostly any version.

In 1991 Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine appeared with their second album and created one of the sound of this summer. I was lucky enough to watch them live in a small venue in the university close to my hometown. It was legendary when Jim Bob and Fruitbat were on the stage with just samples and guitar performing like I have never seen before and after. A classic album that stood the test of time.

 


Montag, 4. Juli 2022

Monday's Long Song


 

A few weeks ago Rude Audio released Big Heat another EP for summer. Since the release it was on heavy rotation at my place and it will be one of the sounds of this summer. I think it was featured by Adam when the record was released but it is worth to feature this song in this series.