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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

21 July 2015

Insert introduction here.

Du Blonde - Hunter
Another one from the acclaimed album Welcome Back To Milk by the artist formerly known as Beth Jeans Houghton.

Richard Hawley - Which Way
New from the Sheffield troubadour off the forthcoming LP Hollow Meadows which is out in September. Classic Hawley.

I, Ludicrous - Hacky's Wine Bar
Another one from Dull Is The New Interesting, their first release in ages.

Cover Version Corner
Kraftwerk/Gulp vs Miaoux Miaoux - Tour de France
Topical innit. Gulp is the side project of Super Furry Animals bassist Guto Pryce and has teamed up with Glaswegian producer Miaoux Miaoux for this update of the 1983 Kraftwerk classic. One of the better covers I think we've ever featured.

Menace Beach - Super Transporterreum
Not resting on their laurels following the debut LP Ratworld, this is the title track from a new EP. And is splendid.

Girls Names - A Hunger Artist
How good is that? They're from Belfast and the album is Arms Around A Vision.

Ultimate Painting - (I've Got The) Sanctioned Blues
Seeing the humour in getting a parking ticket, this is off Green Lanes which is out now.

Trust Fund - Dreams
And they just keep on coming. From Bristol, these, and this is their new single.

Swells - Banal
Another band from Bandung in Indonesia which is some sort of hotbed of musical genius. I'm sure banal doesn't mean that in the local language and this sure ain't. Clearly influenced by 1990s Manchester and that can't be a bad thing.

Tom Robinson - Don't Jump, Don't Fall
The first new stuff from Robinson in 20 years, this is off the album Only The Now. The single is raising money for CALM - the Campaign Against Living Miserably - which raises awareness of male suicide, the biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in this country. You know, because we're big idiots who don't talk about stuff. Powerful stuff.

One Degree of Separation
OMD - Electricity
The Avalanches - Electricity
Just the titles that link them. Can you believe that's OMD's debut from 1979? Still sounds fresh. The Avalanches simply because it's an age since I played anything by them. That's off 2000's Since I Left You.

Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley - Caveman
Unusual. This is a collaboration between former Arab Strap man Middleton and visual artist Shrigley on an album called, appropriately, Words And Music which came out last December. Words by the latter, music by the former.

Bullion - Saysah!
Hugely retro stuff from the EP Rooster which is out now.

Dementio13 - A New Economic Freedom
6 minutes of brilliance from the album This Is Civilisation which came out last month.

Here's that on YouTube:



and Soundcloud:



Although the dementio13 track is on neither. Follow the link above.

And I think that'll do it for a few weeks. I need a break. I will return.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

14 July 2015

Yep. Still here.

Flux Pavilion - Blow The Roof
Start with a bang. Off the album of the same name that came out in 2013, Flux Pavilion is Joshua Steele from Towcester.

Evans The Death - Terrified
Odd name for a band, but hey ho. And a band rather than a single person. And a cracking tune. Off Expect Delays that came out in March.

The HolyDrug Couple - French Movie Theme
I don't think we've had anything from Chile before. Might have - not sure. Anyway, that's where these are from. Moonlust is the album and serves to remind me that I still fancy doing an all-instrumental show one day.

Cover Version Corner
Jimi Hendrix/The Cure - Purple Haze
Not the greatest cover, I grant you. That's off a compilation called Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix which features a number of artists covering his tunes. Before that, unmistakeably Hendrix. Nothing else has ever sounded quite like that. Off 1967's Are You Experienced.

Sleaford Mods - No-one's Bothered
Another one from the new LP Key Markets. Go get it.

Shopping - Why Wait?
More social commentary from the album Why Choose? which comes out in October. Good tune too.

Autobahn - Society
And yet more social commentary. From Leeds this time. And probably record of the week. Dissemble is the new album and it's out at the back end of August.

Bully - Trying
To Nashville now. Not the greatest name for a band, but what a great voice. Their debut album is called Feels Like and came out late last month.

Dymaxion Groove - The Greatest Power
Baltimore now and Jad Fair and Jason Willett from seminal post-punk outfit Half Japanese have their own side project and this is it. The album is of the same name and is out in September.

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder - Lovers
This is great. Teessider Chapman, ex of the Chapman Family, with a splendid bit of song writing. A hint of the Nick Caves about it, in the very nicest sense of the term.

One Degree of Separation
Paul Smith and The Intimations - Break Me Down
Nano Kino - Eyes Before Words
And staying in the north-east, two records from Maximo Park members. Front-man Smith has a new LP, Contradictions, out in August. Nano Kino's self-titled album came out in March. And why not - spread your wings, try something different and then come back together for the day job.

Lanks - Hole Me Closer
Melbourne's Will Cuming is Lanks and the EP Thousand Piece Puzzle came out last month.

Victories At Sea - Up
This really is ace. They're from Birmingham and this comes from an EP called In Memory Of. A bit retro, a bit New Order at times, and yet entirely contemporary.

LV - Jump And Reach
And we finish with a collaboration between London producer LV and Armenian pianist Tigran Hammasyan. Unusual combination, outstanding results.

Here's your YouTube selection:



and Soundcloud:



More next week as usual.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015

July already? Let's do this.

Hotgothic - Smackuout
Energetic and punchy, as befits something off an EP called Punchline.

Brawlers - Annabel
And continuing the short and punchy theme, a new single from this Leeds band off the album Romantic Errors Of Our Youth.

Nai Harvest - Ocean Of Madness
And again. Sheffield this time and the LP is Hairball.

Cover Version Corner
Jacques Brel - Au Suivant
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Next
I remember seeing the Alex Harvey Band perform that on The Old Grey Whistle Test. It was bonkers. That's off the 1973 album Next and is an English translation of Au Suivant, Jacques Brel's anti-military record from 1966 and the album Les Bonbons.

Sleaford Mods - Tarantula Deadly Cargo
Finally, a track I can play in the 7pm slot. The hype is justified, they are the most important band in the country right now and the new LP Key Markets is out on Friday.

Christian Fitness - The Harder It Hits
Side-project of Future Of The Left front man Andy Falkous. Following on from the album I'm Scared Of Everything That I'm Not, a new single. Record of the week, I reckon. Love it.

Sauna Youth - The Bridge
And another track from the frankly brilliant Sauna Youth from their album Distractions.

Ought - The Weather Song
This dates back from last year. They're from Montreal and it sounds like Jonathan Richman in ways to me. And that's never a bad thing. More Than Any Other Day is the LP.

Fufanu - Circus Life
Iceland now and something from their EP Adjust To The Light. Something a bit different.

Asian Dub Foundation - The Signal And The Noise
I love this lot. A new album, More Signal, More Noise, is out on Friday. Still great.

One Degree of Separation
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
SWR - Close The Dam
The link should be obvious from the moment you realise that SWR stands for Shaun William Ryder. That's his first solo release for about a decade and it's bloody good. You don't need reminding that Kinky Afro was on Pills N Thrills And Bellyaches, still one of the most significant records of the last 25 years.

Shitwife - High Octane Party Banger
Splendid stuff and there's an album coming. Called Big Lad, it's out on August 28.

Lesbian Horse - 30 Seconds (Could Save The Universe)
These are a mystery. They're from London, but that's all I've got. They're also prolific and also also splendid in the turntablist style. Just fantastic.

AFX - Serge Fenix Rendered 2
After hiding away for so long, Richard D James - Aphex Twin to you - is suddenly prolific and has a new record out in the guise of AFX. Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 is the title. Of course it is.

Here's that on YouTube:



and Soundcloud:



Back next week.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

30 June 2015

Hello again. I think this is one of the best shows I've had the pleasure of putting together. Dive in and enjoy.

Mourning Birds - The Last Thing (I Need)
Kent's leading rockers with their new single - a bit of an epic by their standards - from their debut, eponymous album which came out yesterday.

Nightingales - Gales Doc
New stuff from old bands is a bit of a thing at the moment. From the album Mind Over Matter comes this knowing, self-referential mockumentary which also takes a poke at modern documentary structure, which frankly deserves it. The album is great. Go listen when you're done here.

Girls Names - Reticence
This is ace. From Belfast, the album Arms Around A Vision is due in October.

Cover Version Corner
The Vogues/Julian Cope - Five O'Clock World
My Nation Underground is atypical Cope. It's over-produced and Copey himself was so clearly unhappy with it that he went off and put out two lo-fi, stripped back albums - Droolian and Skellington - while it was still in production. But he still managed to make an updated version of The Vogues' classic.

Musa Okwonga - Ring The Bells
A new single from the London poet now based in Berlin. The beats mate nicely with his voice - complementary and neither overpowering nor underwhelming. A top effort.

Seazoo - Martyn And Jayne
Good things are coming out of Wales right now. These are from Wrexham and the EP Car Deborah - no, me neither - is out now.

Heartless Bastards - Gates Of Dawn
A total misnomer of a band name given how pleasant that is. They're from Austin in Texas and the album Restless Ones is out next month.

Frontwards - Speechless
To Leeds now and Sad Sack Records have put out a compilation, as they do from time to time, showcasing their bands. I Was A Teenage Sad Sack is the title and this is on it.

Numbers Are Futile - Monster
Based in Edinburgh, but originating from all over the place, there's a very Middle Eastern influence to that. Really rather delightful. Sunlight On Black Horizon is the album and it came out last month.

Repo Man - Static Excess Strobe Effect
Obviously influenced by the same Alex Cox films that I was as a kid. These are from Bristol and the album Minesweeping is out now.

One Degree of Separation
BEAK> - The Meader
<KAEB - When We Fall
Also from Bristol, BEAK> have made a split EP with their own alter egos <KAEB. See what they did there? It's something we've seen elsewhere - Sauna Youth swap instruments and become Monotony, for example - and allegedly allows them to explore sounds outwith their usual oeuvre. Fair enough. Works for me.

Drewford Alabama - Time Is On Your Side (ft Bnann)
Jamie Morrison is Drewford Alabama and this is out in three weeks time.

Doomsquad - Apocalypso
That's a great name for a single. Doomsquad are sibling trio Trevor, Jaclyn and Allie Bulmas from Toronto. This appears on Pageantry Suite which is out now.

Joi - Asian Vibes
A new retrospective of Joi's work is out now, the early stuff with both Haroon and Farook Shamsher and, after Haroon's sad death in 1999, Farook's solo work. Joi Sound System is what you're looking for here.

Here's that on YouTube:



and Souncloud:



and we'll do it again next week.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

23 June 2015

Back refreshed and ready to go again.

Slug - Running To Get Past Your Heart
Another track from the album Ripe which I cannot recommend strongly enough.

Blossoms - Cut Me And I'll Bleed
A Manchester band we've played before. This is their second single which came out in March, but I've only just got round to after it appeared on a compilation album from the Hope Not Hate organisation which is well worth it.

Kagoule - Glue
From Nottingham and with an album called Urth due out in August. Very much looking forward to it too.

Cover Version Corner
Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
Girogio Moroder - Knights In White Satin
Bloody love that Moody Blues track. Always have. From the 1967 album Days Of Future Passed. Then nine years later and with an added K and off the album of the same name. I play that as Giorgio Moroder has a new album out soon.

Dave McCabe and The Ramifications - Too Damn Good
Ex-Zutons front man Dave McCabe's new project which is pretty damn good. Church Of Miami is the album and it's out in September.

La Casa Al Mare - Sunflowers
To Rome now for some shoegaze. This came out last November and I know pretty much nothing apart from that. And that I like it.

Real Lies - Dab Housing
I wasn't sure about this one, but it's alright really. Their new single.

The Smoking Trees - Trips
From LA and off the album TST that comes out next month. That's a bit laid back as well. Almost like I planned this.

Wetdog - Chocky
An all-female three-piece from London whose album Divine Times came out last month. Perky, spiky. Like it.

Cheerleader - The Sunshine Of Your Youth
Dream-pop from Philadelphia now. Off an album of the same name, also out last month.

One Degree of Separation
Lonely Boy - Everything
Lonelady - Into The Cave
Maybe we should get these two together if they're that lonely. Lonelady is Julie Campbell from Manchester and that's off her critically acclaimed LP Hinterland which is out now. Before that, a track from an LA producer that I know next to nothing about.

The Octopus Project - Pyramid Kosmos
Three tracks left today and we're going all electronic, starting with this. They're from Austin, Texas and this is off their 2013 album Fever Forms.

bblos - Empty Promises
Ecuador now, which is a first. All hail the technology which allows people from all over to share stuff and be influenced by stuff.

Lockah - Some Velvet Evening
And finally, Tom Banks is Lockah and that's off his album Donky Pitch which came out last May, as in 2014 that is.

Here's that on YouTube:



and Soundcloud:



and I'll be back next week.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

9 June 2015

Come on then.

The Lovely Eggs - Ordinary People Unite
An uplifting call to arms start from their latest album, This Is Our Nowhere.

Slaves - Live Like An Animal
Getting plenty of good reviews, the new LP is Are You Satisfied?

Waylayers - Pharoah
One of them that I'm not sure I like. I think it's growing on me. The EP is called Re:Verse. Worth checking out.

Cover Version Corner
The Who/Lord Sitar - I Can See For Miles
Noted session musician Big Jim Sullivan recorded the Lord Sitar album in 1968. Easy listening versions of popular hits of the day. Makes for something a bit different anyway. Of course The Who before that, from 1967's The Who Sell Out.

Dirty Fences - Deep In Your Heart
The album came out in the middle of last month, but I'm just getting round to it. Full Tramp is the title.

The Spills - Crash-Landed Clouds
From Leeds, this is their new single. Comes out on June 29 and we look forward to more.

Sauna Youth - Transmitters
This should be big. In a different formation, these are also Monotony and they've managed to do a split single with themselves in their two guises. The Sauna Youth LP, Distractions, came out yesterday and is a belter. Seriously, get on it.

Totem Terrors - Big E
To Cardiff now and something from the LP Hard Science which is out on June 29. Again, a bit different. In a good way.

East India Youth - Beaming White
This is getting plenty of airtime but that's no reason not to play it here. Mainly because I reckon he's ace. William Doyle is East India Youth, the album is Culture Of Volume and this is the latest single taken from it.

Empress Of - Water Water
And in a similar-ish vein, Empress Of is New Yorker Lorely Rodriguez. Her debut album is due later in the year, but this is a taste of what's to come, her first release for three years.

One Degree of Separation
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds
Court cases is your link here. The Verve did get permission from Jagger and Richard for the stringy bit, but then went a bit further than that agreement and borrowed from the melody as well and got sued. The Orb famously never cleared their samples until someone complained. The issue here though was the interview that plays throughout featuring the voice of Rickie Lee Jones. She was against suing as she thought it was brilliant. There was an out-of-court settlement.

Prinzhorn Dance School - Reign
Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn are from Portsmouth and Home Economics is either out now or very shortly will be. Like a mature version of the xx.

Hanz - Throwing
Brandon Juhans from North Carolina records as Hanz. His debut album is called Reducer which this comes from. It's an intriguing piece.

Squarepusher - Baltang Ort
Speaking of intriguing... Another track from the Damogen Furies album which came out in April. Because why not.

Here's that on Youtube:



and Soundcloud:



and I'm having next week off. See you in a fortnight.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

2 June 2015

I've had a week off, so this is one of those times when I dig back through stuff I haven't got round to playing over the last few months.

Man Made - TV Broke My Brain
And they're not alone judging by the number of complaints about a tightrope-walking dog. Anyway, they're from Manchester and include Nile Marr. Son of.

Thomas Wilby Gang - Lordy O
Swampy, gospel-infused blues rock from Wakey. And why not?

Martyr Privates - Sores
This is one I've been after for ages. They're from Brisbane and their self-titled LP came out last September and I've finally got my hands on it. Worth the wait.

Cover Version Corner
Consuelo Velazquez - Besame Mucho
Morrissey - Kiss Me A Lot
Not strictly speaking a cover, but it's my rules and I don't care. Besame Mucho means Kiss Me A Lot and you can pick out bossa-nova cues in Morrissey's track which is on last year's World Peace In None Of Your Business. The original is from 1940. Still sounds great.

The Fall - Venice With The Girls
Another track from the new LP Sub-Lingual Tablet. An ever-changing line-up, but always the same.

Firestations - French Caves
I've had this on my list for ages. Never Closer came out the back end of last year and it's very good.

Frog - King Kong
From New York and off their second album, Kind Of Blah, which came out last week. Quirky, original.

Naturkunde Museum Ostkreuz - Zaragoza Variations
Here's something different. Off an EP that came out in March called Tropycalyptic Excursions.

Gerstaffelen - Invisible Ghosts
And in a similar vein, this from an EP called Night Flowing North And South.

One Degree of Separation
Half Man Half Biscuit - A Shropshire Lad
Wild Billy Chyldish and The Spartan Dreggs - A Shropshire Lad
Two totally unrelated tracks that share a title. From the Spartan Dreggs' 2012 album Coastel Command and from 1997's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Road.

Erosynilegt - Astar Bref
Couple of new ones to finish with. First, this from a Keflavik band that I'm certain I haven't pronounced properly. The name translates as Love Letters anyway. Off an EP of the same name.

Dementio13 - Barley Dance
And to finish, something from the relatively new album Vkhutemas vol 2 which is well worth your time seeking out.

Here's that on YouTube:



and a bit of it on Soundcloud:



Normality next week.