Friday, 24 February 2017
A couple of weeks ago Echorich wrote an A Certain Ratio imaginary compilation album for The Vinyl Villain, a ten song ACR primer. I was going to do it but was slower off the mark than Echorich. Then I thought about just sending in an ep's worth as an extra, a Sextet maybe, but when I thought about it, it was easy to find another ten songs from ACR's rich and varied back catalogue. So my ACR:ICA was posted at The Vinyl Villain yesterday. You can find it here. One of the things mine and Echorich's versions show collectively and was commented on by JTFL is how far 'the band morphed over time but still sounded like themselves'. They remain very underrated and outside certain circles a very unknown group but they are much loved- and were/are musically significant too.
Your Blue Eyes was a 1989 single and opened the major label album Good Together. It is classy Mancunian pop. This vinyl rip has a couple of seconds of wonderful crackle before the song starts. As we all know, life has surface noise.
Your Blue Eyes
Thursday, 23 February 2017
One of my brethren is of the opinion that most of what I post here is good but my main open goal, shot-in-the-foot, self inflicted wound and weakness is Dreadzone. Which mystifies me a bit. They have form (a string of albums packed with good tunes covering reggae, dub, roots, techno and dance). They have background and authenticity (Big Audio Dynamite's rhythm section became Dreadzone). Their live shows are the stuff of legend. So enough Sep, and to paraphrase many an early 90s indie group, 'I just post what I like here and if anyone else likes it, it's a bonus'. On with the Dreadzone.
The latest Dreadzone album, Dread Times, is out now and was preceded by this single, a bass heavy, British roots reggae bouncer, recorded at Mick Jones' studio. The title of the album and its lyrical concerns are very 2017 and with its variety of guest vocalists- Don Letts, ragga duo Louchie Lou and Michie One, and Lena Cullen- this is very much modern West London reggae, best played loud with a full bottom end. At the end of album opener Rootsman a voice intones 'roots music can never die'- something they seem to prove with every release.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
I don't know where this photo of Mick Jones comes from (or where I got it for that matter)- long hair, floral shirt, red trousers all makes it post Clash I think. This curio came my way via email recently too from old friend/reader Dub Robots. 7 Years was a Big Audio Dynamite demo from 1988 just Mick, drum machine and spare guitar. Someone called IndieGround and Heston have re-imagined it adding samples, instruments and more voices and turned it into a nicely B.A.D. piece of work, totally unofficial but rather good. There's a link on the Youtube page if you want a download version.
There are multiple B.A.D. bootlegs available out in the internet, The B.A.D. Files, running up from Volume 1 through to 9, containing all kinds of odds and ends. This, if you're interested, is Mick's original demo of 7 Years.
7 Years (Original Demo)
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Eat Lights Become Lights have a new one out soon. Back in 2014 they released Into Forever which included this beautiful, stargazing ten minute album closer. A lot of their output is krautrock inspired, busy mechanical rhythms and psychey drones. This one is celestial and introspective and could be double the length and not get boring
Monday, 20 February 2017
I found this the other day on Twitter. Admittedly the photo drew me in first but the music is well worth your attention if you're after something new. JGrrey is from South London and has a six track ep out now, a blend of hazy soul and something modern. I'm particularly enjoying the voice and echo trumpet versus beats on Your GF Can't Kick It and the r 'n'b-isms of L.O.V.E. This all sounds really now.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Not content with giving us an Andrew Weatherall radio show every month NTS Radio have now given David Holmes a two hour window to broadcast in. If you got Holmes' Late Night Tales album last year you'll have an idea of where he's at at the moment. God's Waiting Room takes in soundtracks, library recordings, psych, rock 'n' roll and other recordings from the further extremities of a man's record collection. No tracklist though so your guess in many cases is as good as mine. In fact your guess may be better than mine.
Saturday, 18 February 2017
If you're after something new and a tad unsettling then you could do worse than have a look at this. Harvey Sharman Dunn had an old upright piano, much loved but knackered. It had to go but before it did he recorded the sound of all the keys (some in tune, some less so). He's now used those samples, decorated and distorted them, to create an album called Tales From The Ghost Piano which is pretty in places, spooky in others and downright freaked out elsewhere.
It is free/pay what you want from Bandcamp. Get it here.
Harvey has also included a cover of Sparklehorse's It's A Wonderful Life, one of the bleakest songs I've ever enjoyed.