Sonntag, 26. November 2023

One Up From Five

 


Another great piece of music was released at the end of the week by London's tici taci label. A few songs by Sons Of Slough, a band featuring label owner Duncan Gray and Ian Weatherall. It is the result of a preparation for Convenanza festival this year. This one shows another time how great electronic music can be. A steady beat mixed with synth snippets for a short excursion in another sphere. Not to bad to start into the Sunday with a cup of good coffee.

Montag, 20. November 2023

Monday's Long Song

 


Last Friday Jesse Fahnestock released his latest output Other Skies a collaboration with singer Emilia Harmony. Regular visitors know that I like the music of Jesse Fahnestock and featured him at these pages several times. The whole year saw him busy with several releases but this one is ace and will surely appear in my year ends list. As he said he tried to be like Primal Scream on Higher Than The Sun or The Doves on Fallen. And yes he fulfilled everything you can expect. Other Skies is dominated by a pumping bass and a psychedelic mist. How to make a great song better is showed by Sean Johnson and Duncan Gray on their Hardway Bros Meet Monkton Uptown mix when they added a lot of dub to this song. The original and other version can be listened to here. A little masterpiece

Samstag, 18. November 2023

Love In Constant Spectacles




Earlier this week Jane Weaver returned with Love In Constant Spectacles the first single from her new album that will be released next year. Her last album from 2021 Flock was one of the best ones that year and I played it often. I still like this album because because she never commits herself to a single style. From sweet, delicate dream-pop to a funky up-beat song with a krautrock synthesiser to a song clearly inspired by glam-rock, this album offers so much variety that others need several. Above all, her ethereal voice makes each track unique. My expectations were correspondingly high and they were not disappointed. And again, the sound cannot be clearly defined. Dream-pop, chamber-psych or something completely different? I don't want to commit myself here either, except that it is one of the most refreshing songs of the last few weeks. 


 

Donnerstag, 16. November 2023

Forgotten Alternative Part II

 



Another few files I found from a compilation I made a few years ago. First one is a song from Siouxsie And The Banshees from their later period. They became famous in the first wave of punk and their debut is still a classic. On Peek-A-Boo they tried to combine their late post-punk sounds with samples like many others did. Not their best song but in the context of time a good one.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek-A-Boo

From Athens, Georgia in 1979 The B-52's appeared on the scene and their self-titled debut was one of the records of the year. A new wave band that played just a retro sound with a Rickenbacker guitar, organs and harmonies was the big thing this year. And Planet Claire is probably one of the best opening tracks of a debut album.

The B-52's - Planet Claire 

In 1987 Andrew Eldritch and his band Sisters Of Mercy released Floodland their second album. The lead single was This Corrosion a melange of gothic meets Meat Loaf with a 50-piece choir. It is a song that worked at this time and was played in many places and brings back memories. Nothing more or less.

Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion

XTC were on of the finest new wave bands from their beginnings in the late 70's until the mid 80's. Always on the search for the perfect pop song and always very close to it. I don't know many other bands that made so many remarkable albums in this ear. Still a pleasure to listen to them after decades.

XTC - Senses Working Overtime

I entered the cosmos of Julian Cope with his third album Saint Julian and the lead single World Shut Your Mouth. This song was the beginning of a long lasting fondness to him and his music.

Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth

Mittwoch, 15. November 2023

Prayer Remembered

 


During the last days I made thoughts about a year end list and listened to various albums I owned during the last months and I asked myself why Slowdive didn't appeared on this pages during the last months. Everything Is Alive is another album by them that is far over the average of other released records. Slowdive are filled under shoegaze but this is not all. For me they are one of the best in slow-motion rock. A reduced speed and space for guitar excursions are their trademarks. I was lucky enough to see them several times live and at every venue they fascinated me with their sound. Their last album shows less more than I expected on a high level but there was one song that grabbed me. The instrumental Prayer Remembered is a song that could appear on a late record by The Cure in the days of Seventeen Seconds or Pornography. What in and of itself would be great praise. If someone shouldn't be familiar with their sound, this song will be a perfect entrance into.


Montag, 13. November 2023

Monday's Long Song


 

A Mountain Of One is a long going collaboration between London based musicians and producers Zeben Jameson and Mo Morris. Now they handed over a few songs from their fantastic album Stars Planets Dust Me over to Chile born DJ Ricardo Villalobos to give their psychedelic/prog rock a new techno-influenced outfit. I liked their album very much and I skeptical if their songs will work in the remixed versions. But I have to admit - it works more than well. Black Apple Pink Apple appears with a early 70's West Coast inspired song. A groovy, hypnotic and relaxed great piece of music.

Sonntag, 12. November 2023

With The Other Hand

 


It is difficult to make a perfect pop song but Norway's Lost Girls comes very close to it. A great pop song is for one that you can listen several times and still love it. This is what chanteuse Jenny Hval and her husband-guitarist Havard Volden did very well. With The Other Hand, the second song from their new album shows flashes of brilliance among experimental/avantgarde sounds. Sometimes you don't need more than a pumping rhythm, a few guitar chords and a fantastic voice to create something beautiful.

Samstag, 11. November 2023

Forgotten Alternative

 


A few days ago I found in the deepest corner of my hard-drive a compilation of songs from the early 80's and I couldn't resist to give them a listen. Some of the artists were just a small chapter of history, others were well known and some are just obscure. But well worth to take a sentimental journey back to those days. 

Theater of Hate was a post-punk band formed by Kirk Brandon and their first album Westworld from 1982 was produced by Clash's Mick Jones. The lead single is typical for this era, were bands searched for new sounds. Based on a phenomenal bass-line and a tribal rhythm Do You Believe In The Westworld is still a song you can listen to with fun.

Theater of Hate - Do You Believe In The Westworld

Split Enz were formed in the 70's by Tim Finn and Phil Judd in New Zealand. The started as a good progressive/art-rock band to switch at the beginning of the next decade into power-pop and new wave. I Got You was their only remarkable song before they disbanded a few years later

Split Enz - I Got You

Stan Ridgway formed Wall Of Voodoo in 1980 after he tried to express himself in electronic sounds. Mexican Radio is probably their best known song and is the trademark of the band. Sharp guitars, steady rhythms and synths combined with surrealistic lyrics was the next big thing back then.

Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

One of Iceland's finest exports appeared in the late 80's. Influenced by the guitar and drum work of Siouxsie and the Banshees and  Cocteau Twins The Sugarcubes made it great with Birthday, one of their early singles. The difference to others was Björk with her mighty voice that could turn every song into another sphere. That this concept worked live as well I can testify when I saw them live at an open air festival in 1989.

The Sugarcubes - Birthday

Freitag, 10. November 2023

Blind On A Galloping Horse

 


It's November and, like every year, I'm thinking about a year-end list and, as always, there's another album that shouldn't be missing from such a list. David Holmes, an Irish DJ and producer who has managed to gain respect in the DJ camp as well as in the alternative scene over the past few years, recently released Blind on a Gallopping Horse. Together with Raven Violent, who already left her unmistakable mark with her voice on his side product Unloved, an album of positive songs in a negative time was created. Blind On A Galloping Horse is a multi-faceted record with a lot to discover and an absolutely positive example of how the gloom of the world can be addressed without letting despair win out. On Necessary Genius he pays tribute to 'dreamer, misfits, radicals, outcasts' who are no longer with us and includes shout-outs to Weatherall, Terry Hall, Sinéad O'Conner, Serge Gainbourgh & Jane Birkin and more. Still underlaid with a dancable beats.


Yeah x 3 is proofs that he's able to make a softer pop song that should appear in every top 40 this year,



Mittwoch, 8. November 2023

Garonne Express



It has now been almost a month since the Palestinian terrorist attack on Israel took place. As a German, it is difficult for me to articulate a critical stance on Israel at the moment. Knowing full well that for decades the legitimate demands for a separate state have not been fulfilled in any way. If I express understanding for the rights of the Palestinians, I am labelled a Nazi. If I relativise the whole development in the Middle East, I am not listened to because of our past. I have no idea how this ongoing conflict can be brought to an end that both parties could live with and how I can escape from this dilemma.

I remembered a song I heard a few years ago by Arabian Panther, a French/Lebanese DJ and producer from Toulouse, France. He's an artist that is very close to the Palestine scene and oscillate between downtempo, italo disco, techno and Drum n' Bass. Not knowing if it is political correct to feature this song at these days but it is a good one if you leave all politics behind.

Dienstag, 7. November 2023

Babble

 


After the fabulous The Undertones separated the Derry's O'Neill brothers formed with lead vocalist Steve Mack That Patrol Emotion. Following their post-punk hymns they created a new style in indie-rock and included elements of Television and CCR to their sound. When their debut was a very good one, Babble their second one from 1987 was one of the albums that was played at my place often decades ago. Sharp guitars and great hooks were a trademark of TPE and there were so many classic tunes on this album. Not to forget that many of their songs had political statements in their lyrics. For me another underrated album of this era.





Montag, 6. November 2023

Monday's Long Song


 

Last Thursday Khayem from the fabulous blog Dubhed featured Stinky Jim, a main figure in New Zealand's DJ-scene and dub artists. I think both of us were inspired in his music by the recommendation by Adam over at Bagging Area. Sand Gustures is the final track of Stinky Jim's remix album Social Awareness from July this year. The remixes by fantastic acts like Rude Audio and The Long Champs are one of the best songs this year and highly recommended. 

Sonntag, 5. November 2023

Lovesong Industrial Complex

 


South London's Meatraffle appeared after a couple of years with a new album and a new single that I got aware earlier this year and I couldn't get this out of my head. I like them since they released their first album Hi Fi Classics back in 2015. As far as I know they are the spearhead of a new music scene in South London. Certainly because they always on the search of a perfect pop song combining their socio-politcal attitude. Lovesong Industrial Complex is the perfect example. Starting as a classic slice of bleak, mesmerising disco when later guitars joining the song when the singer philosophise about the vast numbers of meaningless, futile and emotionally hollow love songs. Seldom heard wiser word in a great song.

People pay for love songs or download them illegally 

Kids as young as 3 sing about them, incredibly 

There is nothing wrong with a song about love 

But they are rarely ever platonic Lots of full bloodied lust and crying in your gin and tonic

Samstag, 4. November 2023

Cut

 


A working men's club is an association of the working class in parts of Great Britain, Ireland and Australia. The clubs originated in the 19th century and are still regarded today as social gatherings for leisure activities. However, many of the former clubs are now used as cultural and event venues. The Working Men's Club is also a pretty cool synth-pop band from Yorkshire in the UK. With punk influences, the four-piece band moves on open genre definitions. With electronic synthesizers and indie guitars, Working Men's Club deliver a track that creates a mixture of post-punk and synthpop, but also fascinates in the dub mix with bleeps and a great bass line. 

Donnerstag, 2. November 2023

The Wicker Man

 


50 years ago The Wicker Man, a British movie was released. A crime movie that combined elements of folk-horror and musical. The main actors were Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Edward Woodward. I saw them first in the mid 80's by a VHS-copy and has to admit that I was a bit confused about the story and the way the movie was produced. But after all I could enjoy this movie because it was so much different to many other horror movies in this era. During the last weeks I read various features about the 50th anniversary of the movies. The last days I got aware that Bristol's singer/songwriter Katie J. Pearson re-recorded songs from the soundtrack of the movie. I really enjoyed Richard Norris remix of Willow's Song a small dubbed highlight for the rest of the year.

 

Mittwoch, 1. November 2023

Mr. November

 


Now it is November, the leaves are changing colors and windy and rainy weather will appear. Time to reduce and focus on different things. When I was thinking about a song with November in it's title or lyrics my first thought was November Rain, a song by the much overrated Guns 'N Roses and only another boring mainstream rock song. So I go to a song by The National from their third album. A song that shows how good they are - in their arrangement and lyrics. At this time The National were many's favorite and not wrongly. 

The National - Mr. November

Dienstag, 31. Oktober 2023

Drop Out

 


While I was saving some files on an external drive I found in the deepest corner a record that I almost forgot. Drop Out is the only album by East Village, a band from Buckinghamshire (the only one I know). The first time I got aware of them was in the late 90's when I traveled through Thailand and stopped for a late afternoon drink in a small bar in Kho Chang. From the first tunes I loved their songs and had to ask the bartender, a bloke from Leeds what's the name of this band. Back in Germany I tried to get a copy of their record but all were sold out. Because the main figure of the band, Martin Kelly, is now a leading person in Heavenly Records from time to time there will be a re-release of this album. The next one is planed for January next year and I have to subscribe for this. The music is another step to make the perfect pop album and finally they are very close with their mixture of Byrds/Buffalo Springfield inspired songs. Great harmonies and a voice that reminds me of Michael Head makes this album to another underrated gem. Worth to check out.

East Village - Circles

East Village - Silver Train

East Village - Everybody Knows

Montag, 30. Oktober 2023

Monday's Long Song

 


Last year Polish duo Jazxing released their debut album Pearls of the Baltic Sea, a homage to 80s electronic classic with massive influences by Saint Etienne and Air but also fragments of New Wave and Dub. I liked what I heard and put it on my list. And to be honest I can't tell they reason why I didn't bought this little beauty and forgot them until I got the news that they released a remix album. Formed by musicians, producers and DJs Jakub Sautycz and Mateusz Filipiuk in their hometown Gdansk they were able to combine all the influences into a full concept that still works. On Vijnana Nottinghams Coyote adds some acoustic instruments to the song and the result is a laid back construct.

Sonntag, 29. Oktober 2023

Karaoke

 


At the end of this week, I overcame all the bureaucratic hurdles and submitted my application for a pension, which was also accepted by the competent authority for further processing. This means that my professional life will be over by the middle of the year and I can now start thinking about how I can make good use of all the free time I have. Knowing that it will be a hard break to leave behind habits acquired over more than 40 years, I am looking forward to this day. I'll probably spend a lot of time working more intensively on music and keeping this blog alive. Until then, I will enjoy the new freedom and take a more relaxed approach to the work that lies ahead. 

Today's song is by an artist I didn't know until I heard her song. Viji is a young musician with Austrian and Brazilian roots currently living in London. With Karaoke, which came about at the end of a session when she more or less uninspired tried out some bass lines, she hangs on to a trend that puts guitar-heavy sounds in the foreground. In the beginning there is a pumping, distorted bass which is successively joined by clear guitar riffs and drums to accompany Viji's lascivious voice. Definitely a song that should be heard.



Samstag, 28. Oktober 2023

Trash

 


Can't believe that it is 50 years ago when a band appeared on the scene that visual and with it sound was groundbreaking. The music scene in these days was filled with dinosaurs of the rock age playing the same thing over and over again. But the New York Dolls changed everything with the release of their debut. Filled with short guitar driven songs and a cover version of a song by Bo Diddley. Not only that they brought a very fresh wind into music their outfit was extraordinary. Dressed in glam outfits with platform shoes and all done up they was the sensational thing in this year. I remember a lot of people hating them for their outfit and music but very soon you could see all the glam bands in Great Britain doing the same. And that they were punk before punk started was an another story.

New York Dolls - Trash

New York Dolls - Pills

New York Dolls - Personality Chrisis

Mittwoch, 25. Oktober 2023

Observatoriet


 

Like every year at this time, the last few weeks were marked by a lot of work and the eternal availability for external examiners. There is hardly a day on which I left the office before nine hours and I was correspondingly tired and hardly had the energy to write regular posts for my blog. I was content to come home, drink a glass of red wine and browse through my music collection to relax. In the process, I came across another band that I haven't heard in a while and that I wanted to feature here. Datasal are a Swedish group who have been releasing their songs for several years on the great label Höga Nord Records. The datasal (a classroom for computers) was an ordinary classroom with few changes to fit the school’s 10 newly leased computers. The room represented the change of times in Sweden during this period: the fixed institutions and the awaiting digital flood wave. The sound is built around repetitive sequencer loops and programmed beats where electric bass, electric guitar and flute improvise around a theme, creating a sound that is best described as cosmic flute house. Obsivatoriet was released as an EP exactly one year ago and an overlooked highlight in electronic music and worth to be featured at this little place in internet.

Sonntag, 22. Oktober 2023

Run Run Run

 


Run, run, run, run, run, take a drag or two says the drug anthem of Velvet Underground. This was my first thought when I heard that the lead single of The Libertines new album share the same title.  I thought that they were just a part of history but it seems that they are still alive and able to record a whole album. To be honest I was never a fan of The Libertines and the extroverted self-portrayal of Peter Doherty got on my nerves. Of course they made a couple of very good songs at that time but I can't remember playing them during the last years. Nevertheless, I was curious if they were more relevant than before. I only know this song and they recorded a traditional/poppy indie song, still with elements of punk and rock with punchy guitar riffs and an energetic rhythm section and remarkable hooks. The song is more than okay and I think this will be a hit for them and a big hype will be started. For me not the road in music I go right now.



Mittwoch, 18. Oktober 2023

Drone Logic

 


It is autumn and the time before Christmas. Many record companies release anniversary editions of classic albums to make their business. Many of them are useless if you have copies of the originals but it is good that they remember you to releases you might have forgotten. So it happened these days when I read about that Daniel Avery is going to release his debut album from 2013 in a remastered version. He was the shooting star of the London club scene of 2012. Within twelve months, he made the rise from unknown provincial DJ to resident in the London cult club Fabric, published restlessly and on a high level, so that he also gets a standing as a producer. From a local DJ in Bournemouth he went to London to find his own way supported by Andrew Weatherall who opened several doors for him and he recorded his debut in Weatherall's studio. Drone Logic was groundbreaking because he combined techno with implied noise and a whole series of driving, crisp beats infiltrated and also playing with acid. For me this record was one of those my musical taste changed and opened my ears for new electronic sounds. A classic record.

Daniel Avery - Drone Logic

Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2023

Amazing Grace

 


20 years ago Jason Pierce aka Spiritualized released their fifth album Amazing Grace probably one of his most underrated albums in his career. I came back to this album when he announced a remastered version to release early next year. You can find variations of his space-rock in tradition of Spacemen 3 as well as soul and gospel influenced songs. A perfect balance of spaced out rock in combination of traditional ballads were new and great decades ago. It is great to hear these songs again after a long time and I have to say that this album should have more credits than it had. Not only a sentimental trip back to the old days - more an experience of how much time he was ahead.


Montag, 16. Oktober 2023

Monday's Long Song

 


Back in 2017 I got in contact to AMOR a four piece music collective from Glasgow introducing a new way of electronic music. They fused acoustic instruments with electronic precision and are since then well known for long bassy songs with piano improvisations. Their sound seems in the first time homogeneous but the longer you listen to their songs you can join a short trip different spheres. Higher Moment is a good example for what I tried to explain. One of a band I come back regular.

AMOR - Higher Moment

Sonntag, 15. Oktober 2023

Zuma 85


It's not often that a group that impressed you quite a bit live a few years ago comes back with an album that is barely off your plate. It was eight years ago when Allah-Las performed at the Maifeld Derby in Mannheim on a late sunny afternoon and surprised the audience with a set, quoting the music of the last 40 years and yet making everything seem like it was from them. Now they are back with Zuma 85 and celebrate the past again in their songs, with other influences added. Now they also incorporate elements from krautrock and Soft Machine into their semi-instrumentals, dare to approach relaxed and partly dreamy melodies, but do not forget to strike hard tones from time to time. This little band from Los Angeles is great today and worth to give them a listen.



Dienstag, 10. Oktober 2023

Kaolin

 


Kombynat Robotron were featured at this little place in the internet several times during the last years. The four-piece band from Kiel, Northern Germany, is on duty since five years releasing several albums and EP's since. Now they released Frohe Zukunft another EP. Recorded live last year they celebrate once again their interpretation of krautrock meets psychedelic jams. Still guitar based sounds that floats into space. For me a band I would like to see live if they ever will come to Southern Germany once. If you are into this kind of music - give them a small chance and you will agree. 

Montag, 9. Oktober 2023

Monday's Long Song

 


To Rococo Rot were a German electronic band. Formed in the mid 90's by Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider they released in 1999 The Amateur View one of the most underrated albums of this era. Filled with small sound patterns full of melancholic moments and excursions in electronic fields. It marked the leave of classic krautrock and the start into new electronic fields. No wonder that John Peel invited them to three sessions. This version of Cars by Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones from 2012 shows the potential of their songs according the sound of Andrew Weatherall.

To Rococo Rot - Cars (Sunroof Remix

Sonntag, 8. Oktober 2023

Fontana Di Luna

 


It is time to feature one of the best composer and musician once again at these pages. I think Michael Rother is well known for his works with NEU!, Kraftwerk and La Düsseldorf. He was one of those who created krautrock and his influence to new sounds in the 70's was immense. Together with Jaki Liebezeit on drums he recorded three albums under his own name and every one is worth to be listened. If I have to describe his music I would call it relaxed psychedelia with a get out of hand guitar over a steady beat. This one is from his second album Sterntaler and a great start into another sunny Sunday.

Michael Rother - Fontana Di Luna

Mittwoch, 4. Oktober 2023

AR Kane

 


Last week I grabbed AR Kane's debut album 69 from 1988 out of my rack to listen to it once again. While listening to this record I thought it will be a good idea to write about this underrated band. A few days ago Adam made a superb piece of writing about them and with his 40 Minutes Of AR Kane the most is said. I discovered this record in our local record shop and and was fascinated by the cover. The plate cover is emerging as also on white background a dark circle in the middle of which we can faintly make out the number 69, which is shaped like two dark, undulating spirals. Inner-case's intricate shading shows the blue background and more clearly six-figure as a pregnant woman and nine-figure as a man, both swimming, in harmonious movements. After a few minutes watching the cover I bought this record without listening to any sons because I thought artist, that are able to create a cover like this couldn't make a bad record. When I came home I put the record on the turntable and started to listen. It seldom happened that I was so confused about what I heard. Not that I didn't liked what I heard but I was unprepared about the facets of their music. It started with a jazzy scat intro on Crazy Blue to turn into one the best pop songs of this era (they described it as dreampop later). Rudy Tambala once joked years later that AR Kane sound like a band with a bit of Velvet Underground and a bit of Cocteau Twins, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchel. And this describes their sound very good. A lot of everything good and always the ability to combine their influences with a massive pop attitude. An outstanding band and an outstanding album and the blueprint for a new generation in music.

AR Kane - Crazy Blue

AR Kane - Suicide Kiss

AR Kane - Baby Milk Snatcher

Their roots are certainly on bands like JAMC and noisy feedbacked guitar sounds. Best shown on their debut single.

AR Kane - When You're Sad (Long Version) 


Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2023

Borderland

 


I have to admit that I love the pictures and footage of erupting volcanoes and hot magma running down the hills. It one of the wonders of our earth bringing us back to the days when the earth was a very young planet and of course I know that an eruption like this could destroy everything and bring death to many people. Scientists suppose that the next big volcano eruption will take place at Mount Etna, Naples because of the shift of the tectonic plates along the coastline. 

Two days ago Woodleigh Research Facility a video filmed by Iceland's Jon Arason during the last years. This video was accompanied by Andrew Weatherall's remix of a song by Nina Walsh. It seldom happens that the music and video seem to be one. The remix with strings, keyboards and a little touch of early New Order makes this 8 minutes a perfect harmony. Look, listen and enjoy 



Montag, 2. Oktober 2023

Monday's Long Song


 Another long song Monday with a new release by Andy Bell/GLOK. I really don't want to get on someone's nerves featuring this artist but his output is always on a high level and I still can't get enough of it. This live experience is the result of a session by Norwich's Electronic Sound magazine where he was invited to rework songs from Dissident and Pattern Recognition. Most of these songs were played often at my place and it is great to see what Bell can do with these songs. He lifted these songs into another dimension while he was using a feedbacked, psychedelic guitar. Surely another album for a years end list.

Sonntag, 1. Oktober 2023

October

 


It is now October and once again I realize how quickly the has year has gone by. Three more month until the turn of the year and two of them filled with work at the office until I can go on vacation again in December. Like another nine months until I retire. Everything moves fast and what was important this year is mostly arbitrary in retrospect. Things come and go and you should be happy about here and now. For example that VfB Stuttgart is in second place in the Bundesliga after six days, after the supporters had to suffer for years, were only bland football was offered and hat to experience two relegations to second division. Autumn will ever be the time for me when I pick out some classic folk music because I think that fits to the season when the leaves are starting to fall. While I was thinking bout a song with October in its title I remembered a song by Roy Harper form his debut album The Sophisticated Beggar. Released in 1966 after Harper stopped travelling around Europe and North Africa to force his musical career. Harper is a member of the 60's folk-rock triumvirate beside John Martyn and Nick Drake. Listening to this song again after a long time I think that this kind of music is timeless and could be played to every time.

Roy Harper - October Twelfth


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

Loading

 


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 

Sonntag, 10. September 2023

In The Neighborhood

 


In The Neighborhood shuffled up during the last days on my mobile phone and made me listen to Tom Waits' second album Swordfishtrombones once again. Once again I couldn't believe that this record is 40 years old. I remember when I bought this record in autumn 1983 only because I enjoyed his ballad Jersey Girl on his album before. And I wasn't disappointed about Swordfishtrombones. It is an album that shows Tom's ability of storytelling in short songs. Mainly most of the songs are based on blues and rhythm and blues pattern and added with jazzy and piano moods. This was a highlight of his output and beaten by his next record Rain Dogs.

Tom Waits - In The Neighborhood

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombone

Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years

Donnerstag, 7. September 2023

Into The Sun

 


Fields Of Dream is a Birmingham based duo by producer Chris Kentrish and DJ Alan MacKenzie. They released during the last years several songs and EP's that were remarkable and mostly over the average limit of other releases. Now they released their new EP Keep Rolling, a hybrid of deep and acid house with a pumping rhythm and some echoed synths. The more I listen to it the more I like it. Stunning.

Montag, 4. September 2023

Jimmy Buffett 1946 - 2023

 


Today the s.ad news arrived that Jimmy Buffet died peaceful at the age of 76. He was well known for his song Margaritaville a country-pop song that made him famous in the late 90's celebrating the easy going life on the beach in Florida. I have to admit that I am not the one that was a huge fan of his easy listening sound but there is one song that an American friend introduced me to many years ago and a song I like to go back from time to time. He celebrated his easy life but in the real world he was a very clever businessman earning billions of dollars. But it doesn't matter if he was able to write songs like this.

RIP Jimmy.



Monday's Long Song

 


The resent days I came back to an album I almost have forgot during the last years. Herbert Jansch was a Scottish folk musician and a forming member of 60's folk-rock band Pentangle. He got well known in London as an acoustic guitarist and singer songwriter. I like some of his releases in the mid/late 70's because his gentle folk music and the way he played his acoustic guitar. His songs were fragile and reminds me to Nick Drake without vocals. 

Bert Jansch - Avocet

Sonntag, 3. September 2023

Y Llwynog

 


Tici Taci is a British record label and well known for their releases in electronic music. This label is at work since ten years and now they celebrate their anniversary with two albums containing stuff they released during these years. I discovered many artists in the last years and especially Duncan Gray and The Long Champs were featured on this pages. Y Llwynog is a song by The Long Champs released in 2016 and to be frankly new to me. As far as I know the title is welsh and means fox. And like a fox this song creeps into my ears. A fantastic Peter Hook-like bass line is the center of this song where harp and guitar appears to make this song unique. If you want more, you can get it here.

Samstag, 2. September 2023

Hallogallo



Many of of the usual visitors of this little part of the internet know that I have a huge affection to Andy Bell and his output during the last years. I always thought nothing of his releases can surprise me but with the one he released during the week he made me smile. He went back to one of his and many others artists influences. He recorded a song by Neu! first released back centuries ago. Hallogallo is one of the most influential songs by German electronic pioneers and it works very well in this new outfit. Based on a remarkable theme Bell uses riffs and wha-wha sounds to transport krautrock into the 20s. Never thought that this could happen but it seems that this song is one of those that should appear on a years end list. Just beautiful.