Sunday 28 August 2022

Nunc Dimittis (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: End Credits) - Geoffrey Burgon

This is the song in the closing credits for each of the 7 episodes of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which aired on the BBC is 1979. Apparently the singer is Paul Phoenix. This tune while already haunted has extra resonance today as the ill-informed, misguided and tyrannical woke-tard cultural revolutionists have now come to destroy choral music and church choirs. Object now! So this is the new punk-rock. 

This goes out to the heroic 80 year old granny objecting to cocks in her changing rooms at her local pool and the legendary lesbians who were banned today from a pride march in Wales for stating "Lesbians Don't Like Penises!"   

Tuesday 16 August 2022

Kano - I'm ready

Future electro from 1980 by Kano. For a start that bass....then the vocal science....the untreated vocal melodies are like something Ariel Pink was influenced by circa Loverboy. The glitz & the glamour of Italo-disco bliss...

Sunday 14 August 2022

Hadji Baba - Gus Vali

Hadji Baba comes from a 1974 LP that's never been reissued so perhaps the collector cult builders who run reissue labels don't like it. Reminiscent of Can's ethnological forgeries, 70s Miles and Turkish psych, it's a super session of 70s psychedelic jazz-funk-fusion. Recorded in NYC by Greek American belly dancing advocate Gus Vali. A Middle-Eastern Afro-Cuban jam with an all star lineup that features Charlie Palmieri on the Fender Rhodes.  

Saturday 13 August 2022

Iration Steppas - Iration Steppas vs. Dennis Rootical

Choice "digi-dub" reggae from the mid 90s. Nothing produced by the dubstep people 10 years later was anywhere near as good as this tune. Massive.

Skream - Midnight Request Line

I always thought this dubstep tune was a total Drexciya rip off. Listening to most dubstep still gets on my tits because it has all these elements from top genres like dub, electro, Detroit techno, jungle, dub-tech etc. but it's not as good. Plus it's got dub in the bloody name right but it's rarely dubby enough. I mean this track, even though it's undeniable, is virtually dub free.  

Friday 12 August 2022

Infophysix - Dopplereffekt

Infophysix from 96 is classic Detroit electro. Dopplereffekt is one half of Drexciya Gerald Donald's side project that adds an ebm element to the sound. The subject matter is old school industrial style though: nazis, porn, eugenics etc. Don't let that put you off though as many of their 90s tunes have that luxuriant electro vibe that could only be Drexciya

Sunday 7 August 2022

Jaze - Wanna Get Down With You

Some funky psychedelic guitar action on this disco number from 1979. An ace production that gets pretty out there. If someone told you this was Can collaborating with a female vocal trio you might well have believed them. The mysterious Jaze did just the one record and this it. Wanna Get Down With You was released on 12" by the Leo Mini label.  Top jam!

Friday 5 August 2022

Underground Lovers - Promenade

One of the great 90s live bands from Melbourne. They also did some terrific records. I guess they were indebted to space-rock, post-punk, synth pop, krautrock, neo-psych, indie-dance, shoegaze and everything else good in between. 1992's Promenade is just hits & memories for me and sure I used to sometimes have a beer at me local with the drummer on this record 30 years ago. Still I reckon it must be good. It stands up like say Ripe, their contemporaries don't. At 2.52 when it takes off into blissed out noise overload and the synth strings swell with the concrete into the sky...

Underground Lovers were signed to short lived 4AD sub label Guernica. The only other bands I can think of that were maybe on that label were Insides & Unrest. Am I right? The Undies killed it on the big stages like The Palace with epic performances but were also great on the small stages where they could pack a punch like The Punters or The Empress. The sound of my youthful soul wasting away. Who knew it would all turn into a dystopian nightmare 30 years on...

Monday 1 August 2022

Dr. Strangely Strange - Dark Haired Lady

A haunting acid-folk tune from 69 that swiftly transforms when an eldritch stylophone enters at 2.47 and it becomes another song entirely.