Friday, 18 May 2018
Is this acid?
Me, I don't think so, however it was included on a compilation, This Ain't Chicago : The Underground Sound of UK House and Acid. For me Pressure Dub is an excellent example of Bleep House. The single was originally released on the Bassic label the Crash Records Shop in Leeds in-house label, a piece of evidence right there for it being Bleep. It was then picked up by Outer Limits, the home of LFO and Tricky Disco and there I rest my case m' Lud.
Irrespective of the tag you give it this is a quality piece of dance music that was sadly missing from my collection and coveted by me until it was re-released last year with the original mix, the exquisite dub mix, the only version you really need and a less than essential remix by Luca Lozano. I have been playing this quite a bit over the past few weeks and I think that it has stood the test of time extremely well.
Have a good weekend people,
Ability II - Pressure Dub
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Back in February SA featured a track by the Telescopes from way back in the dim and distant past, 1991to be exact. As I commented over at The Bagging Area, I think I dismissed this band as another load of Shoegaze bandwagon jumpers and MBV soundalikes at the time without even giving them the courtesy of a listen, something I'm not proud to say I did pretty frequently back then, less so now but I have still to knowingly have heard a track by Cabbage on account of them having such a pish name. I know my bad, as the LYT would never say. Back to the Telesccopes. After listening to Flying I decided that these bandwagon jumpers were not half bad and I had done them a huge disservice at the turn of the 90s so forked out for Splashdown: The Complete Creation Recordings to explore further and very good it is too. The outstanding track for me is Celestial, a blissed out, strung out version of the band's single Celeste, the single prior to Flying. I would have loved this tune back then and think it would have been given some serious turntable time. Ok, now it sounds quite of it's time and quite My Bloody Valentine(ish), so I was right in one respect, but that is no bad thing, there are worse periods in music or bands to be reminded of.
Kicking myself a bit to be honest for not picking up on this lot at the time, in my defence there was so much good music coming out in 1991 that it was inevitable that some would slip under the radar.
The Telescopes - Celestial
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
A bit of jazzy soul for you today. courtesy of Penny Goodwin who as far as I can fin out only release the one album, Portrait of a Gemini in 1974 on the Milwaukie label, Sidney Records. I remeber somebody likening Goodwin to Marlene Shaw's sound at this time in the 70s. The album includes a hairs up the back of the neck version of Amazing Grace that even a heathen like me can appreciate, a gorgeous version of Rain Sometimes and a very jazzy version of What's Going On. But the pick of the bunch for me is the cover of the Gil Scott Heron classic Lady Day and John Coltrane.
Penny Goodwin - Lady Day and John Coltrane
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
I have to admit that I don't have much enthusiasm for blogging, can't seem to get my arse in gear.
Last week over at The Sound Of Being OK, Tim was musing if in the future there would be people who would lust over rare mp3s the way some of us sad sacks salivate over obscure pieces of vinyl and cds. I opined that I for one would not and that mp3s would never be that rare for me as I always make back ups of back ups and burn cdr versions of tracks that I don't have on either cd or vinyl. That's just the way I roll.
Today's track is a prime example of this. Ever since I first heard Swam from a Song By Toad session by Le Thug I have been wishing for, pleading with the band via Twitter and Matthew at any opportunity to release the track on vinyl and at one point pitching the idea of an Optimo remix which could do for Swam what Weatherall's mix did for My Bloody Valentine's Soon. However, now five years later I don't think my wishes will be granted and I will have to make do with the inferior digital version, the download code I received along with another seven tracks that were included with a four pack of Barney's Beer released for RSD 2013 from Song By Toad Records, when Matthew decided to put to the test his hypothosis regarding what was more important to people who bought records from his label , beer or records. Along with the 4 pack of excellent beer which contained a download link for 2 tunes from Le Thug, Zed Penguin, Plastic Animals and Magic Eye, SbT released a 12" ep containing a further two tracks from sessions recorded for the label from each of the 4 artists. The lovely red vinyl 12" did include two great tracks from Le Thug including the epic Sense In Scotland but not Swam, I had to buy the beer to get that track, which wasn't that much of an ordeal, although being alcohol it wasn't available in Monorail and I had to trapse up to Bath Street to the location that used to house 23rd Precinct Records but at that time had been turned into a rather upmarket offie.
Anyway, the point of the piost is that this track is probably the rarest and most precious MP3 I own which Has been backed up in several places and has been burned to at least 3 cdrs.
Le Thug - Swam
Monday, 14 May 2018
Friday, 11 May 2018
If the reports are true and I really hope that they are wrong, alternative music has lost a great talent and a genuine good guy with the passing of Scott Hutchison. From the first time I heard Frightened Rabbit probably courtesy of JC over at the Vinyl Villain, I realised that they were something special. I have nothing else to say at the moment apart from to repeat something that Prof Clark of the much missed And Before The First Kiss blog said earlier in a tweet. "Talking helps. call 116 123".
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
This was first posted back in 2009 and the record has been played many times and has indeed taken it's place in the singles box that would be grabbed in an emergency. A few months ago I heard the new single by Mattiel , Count Your Blessings which reminded me of the Sonny J single from 2009. I couldn't get the tune out of my head, eventually biting the bullet, ordering from Burger Records and paying the extortionate postage rates from the USA. Over the last few weeks I have heard the song quite a few times on 6Music which suggests that the track will be getting a UK release.
Sonny J, real name Sonnington James III (aye right!) is an English musician/producer from Liverpool. The music on his debut album is a real mish mash of styles and samples, think the Go Team and The Avalanches and you are in the right ball park. I absolutely love it.
If you're not familiar with him and you live in the UK, you probably have heard his first single, Can't Stop Moving, as it was used in a TV ad for Fabulous Radio 1 but don't let that put you off as it is a rather fine single also, really uplifting with more than a hit of northern soul and Jackson 5 in the mix. I'm sure that I read somewhere that when this single, which was originally self released came to the attention of a few industry types it led to a small bidding war between the labels with EMI winning out as they agreed to put the single out on the long mothballed $tateside label, but don't quote me on that I may just have made it up.
Hands Free was the third single from the album and was released in June last year and although very reminiscent of the mid sixties, sounds really fresh to these ears, although I'm a sucker from that kind of stuff. I think that this may be right up Mondo's street.
Sonny J - Hands Free (If You Hold My Hand)
and the promo for Count Your Blessings
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
I'm not sure why I didn't keep up with the Joy Formidable after Wolf's Law which was released a while back now. It might be because that album didn't grab me like the previous two as at the moment I can't remember any of the tracks from that album. I will need to give it a listen in the near future.
While The Flies is one of my favourite tracks from the band's debut album, A Ballon Called Moaning which came out a decade ago now! On album the track sounds good but it reaslly comes into it's own in the live setting when it is usually extended to double it's length on record and hits you like the proverbial wall of sound. The version posted was recorded live at the Garage in London a comes to an abrupt end when the guitar amp blows up.
The Joy Formidable - While The Flies
Monday, 7 May 2018
I have spent half of the gloriously sunny weekend on the scooter and am therefore I'm feeling pretty darn soulful at the moment.
I thought that this bank holiday Monday we should have a track from the first Goldmine/Soul Supply compilation that I bought. The cd, yes it was on cd is crammed full of classics from the likes of Chuck Wood, The Poets and of course Dobie Gray amoungst twenty three others.
I Can't Get A Hold Of Myself was released in the US in 1968 on the Bell subsiduary Elf Records and 1970 on Pama Records in the UK. Clifford Curry came from Knoxville, Tennessee and resided there his whole life, he died in 2016 at the age of 79.
Clifford Curry - I Can't Get A Hold Of Myself
Friday, 4 May 2018
I've really enjoyed looking out and listening to all these old acid tracks recently, even if it is making me feel incredibly old. There has also been quite a bit about it in the music press, feel Mixmag anyway, which I had a browse through at Aldergrove airport last Wednesday then I had four hours to kill, I was that nostalgic that I nearly bought it! I was intending to feature Acid Rain by Victor Romeo today but when I listened to it and the flip I realised that the a-side was actually better. Love Will Find A Way featurinng Leatrice Brown is quite a rare thing for me an acid track with a full vocal as I think that the majority of acid tracks I have are either instrumental or with the odd sample or two thrown in. The record is unmistakably from the Windy City and was released on Dance Mania in 1988. There were remixes that came out in 1997 by Deep Dish but this, the Club Mix is all you really need.
Well that's the season over and one which all concerned with Airdrieonians will be glad to see the back of I'm sure. As I've said previously finishing seventh is not that bad with all the shit that was happening behind the scenes during the first half of the season. Onwards and upwards, as they say and let's hope for a top 4 finish next season.
Have a good weekend people.
Victor Romeo presents Leatrice Brown - Love Will Find A Way
Thursday, 3 May 2018
God this is gorgeous and I think I prefer it to the Gram Parsons original, so shoot me. Sometimes I really love Ryan Adams, he has a knack of being able to add a little something special to the songs he covers a bit like "The Boy Wonder". This is another song that really gives me goosebumps and is probably the musical equivilent of being smothered in chocolate.
Ryan Adams - A Song For You
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
It's been a couple of years since I last posted this track, too long, Even now, every time I hear Geek Love it takes my breath away it just never seems to get tired, it should be aired frequently and also be played very loud. Although clocking in at over 9 minutes the song never outstays it's welcome and indeed I usually go over to the turntable and put the needle back to the beginning or if it comes on the iPod the back button is pressed. That bit nearly two and a half minutes in when the song explodes into life sends shivers through me every time. Peel once said "even if they never made another record, they will have achieved more than most of us do in our entire lives" and you know what he wasn't wrong. Classic is an overused word when I am talking about music but I think you should let me off if I use it to describe Geek Love.
Bang Bang Machine - Geek Love
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
I returned to the Soundcloud dump that The Aphex Twin surprised everybody with back in January 2015 at the weekend, not all 198 tracks but a good few. Now I am not an expert on Richard D James so I don't know if it's legit or not but others better informed than myself were convinced that it was so I'm not going to argue. Whether it is or isn't him it is mostly very interesting and some of it very good indeed. Here are two which particularly caught my attention, one even has a recognisable Joni Mitchell sample, not something I would have expected from James but then again he does have a habit of doing the unexpected.
user48736353001 - Parking Lot
user48736353001 - African Rhyt
Monday, 30 April 2018
When Madeline Bell's name is mentioned I am instantly stransported back to the back room of some shady pub in Lanarkshire around 1986 - 89, where the smell of 2 stroke and the threat of violence hung heavy in the room. Picture Me Gone was a staple of those Scooter dances and one of the first "northern" singles I ever bought. Ain't Gonna Cry Anymore, I'm not sure but I don't think was ever played at any of the do's we attended back then but was probably spun at Mod nights which I avoided not being of that persuasion. The track was the flip side of a Netherlands only release, making Help Yourself quite a hard to find single.
Madeline Bell - Ain't Gonna Cry Anymore