Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
Because we really don't. Blaming people for being 'other' really isn't a solution to any of your perceived problems. This was their debut single from 1981, off the album Penthouse And Pavement.
Kate Tempest - The Beigeness
The poet and playwright makes her first steps into music. It took me a while to get into this - might be something to do with the accent, which is entirely my issue - but I'm glad I stuck with it as she's clearly got something to say and a new way to say it.
July Talk - Summer Dress
These are from Toronto and this is off a self-titled album which came out last autumn. It bypassed me completely then, but I'm glad it's finally on my radar. This is glorious.
Cover Version Corner
The Monkees/Django Django - The Porpoise Song
Great to have Django Django back on the show. That was their effort for Record Store Day last month. Before that, The Monkees with the theme from the film Head, their ill-fated 1968 cinematic effort. It's a really good film, but flopped at the time given a lack of promotion and a combination of established fans not getting at where they wanted to go and the potential audience they were aiming for having already made up their minds about the band. Worth seeking out.
The Leaf Library - The Greater Good
This is just fabulous. They're from London and this is out on June 7. It's got pretty much everything I want from a single.
The Bamboos - Typhoon
Australian funk from a few years ago. These are from Melbourne and it's off the album 4 which came out in 2010.
Throwing Snow - Avarice
London producer Ross Tones is Throwing Snow. He's had a few releases in the past, but a debut LP is on the way, Mosaic, which this is taken from. Really interesting stuff - lots going on in there. Looking forward to hearing more. That bass....
Kindred Shins - My Resting Piece
Another band with a debut album coming soon - this one is as yet untitled, but due in the summer. Good old rock and roll. Get in.
One Degree of Separation
3D Shark - My Name Is Brian Clough
Dario G - Malaway
The 3D Shark track is taken from an EP called Some Boys Like To Hide Away. He bloody hated Leeds. After that, a track from the 1998 album Sunmachine from Crewe's Dario G, named after long-time Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi. So there's yer link - football managers.
Quirke - Break A Mirrored Leg
This is off an EP which came out just over a week ago called Acid Beth. Eery, atmospheric, moody, and dare I say it, quirky.
Dreadzone - Iron Shirt
Get yer skank on. From their 2005 album Once Upon A Time.
The Egg - Electric City
I keep coming back to the 2012 album Something To Do and it always delivers. It's just a terrific album. This is from said disc.
Jackamo Brown - Lay Low
It's been a while since I last listened to the album Oh No, The Drift Of The World which came out in 2012, but had it on again this last week. It's just lovely. Apparently there's little to no chance of anything else. He's simply not interested in being a professional musician and had to be persuaded to put out the album. So we've got to keep spinning this instead of getting new stuff. Not that that's a bad thing, but also a bit of a shame.
Mr Scruff - Thought To The Meaning
And we'll finish with another track from the new Mr Scruff long-player Friendly Bacteria, again with vocals from Denis Jones. It's a total change of direction and it'll be interesting to see what he does next.
Here's that on YouTube: