Mittwoch, 7. Oktober 2015
James Young & Aiden Whalley aka Darkstar are a British electronic duo. With her topical album „Foam of Iceland“ Whalley and Young lift her subtle machine sound on a new level: Between broken, digital, but also organically to pumping beats and stoic playing synthesizers conversation admissions are to be heard often. Friends, neighbours and also the band unknown people from her hometown, the northern English Huddersfield, were invited to deliver statements to her life reality and the political situation in England. This song is a danceable, catchy update of R'n'B and urbane soul.
Montag, 5. Oktober 2015
The London based DJ/producer duo Idjut Boys release a new record these days after their debut a few years ago. They reworked some material they from throughout their career. It consists chilled-out Balearic sound, smooth electric and acoustic guitars, pianos, bongos and rubbery basslines. All together mixed in thick hallucinatory echoes and dub. One of the most relaxed albums of this year.
Idjut Boys - Kenny Dub Headband
Sonntag, 4. Oktober 2015
I am not rally into Hip Hop but sometimes a song from this genre comes around that is more than average. Roots Manuva is a Jamaican born rapper from London. I know him from various collaborations he did during the last years especially All Alone on Gorillaz. This is the first release from his newest album that will be released this month. It is a soulful song with a lot of violins including a sample from Barry White's Honey Please, Can't you see.
Enjoy and have a good week.
Samstag, 3. Oktober 2015
Maybe one of the craziest ideas these days was transfered to reality. Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and producer Dan Carey teamed to form Sexwitch to cover a bunch of early 60 psychedelic songs from Iran, Thailand and Morocco. The lyrics from the originals were transfered into English and the songs were recorded in almost one day. The result is nothing more than something magic and hard to describe music. Based on a permanent drums in the foreground some guitar and organ prepare the ground for Natasha's voice that reminds me sometimes to Siouxie Sioux. All in all music you can get addicted to.
Freitag, 2. Oktober 2015
Back in 1979 when punk swapped over to Germany a band formed in Hamburg by the name of Geisterfahrer (wrong-way driver). They really had the spirit of punk. As far as I know they played live a kind of electronic noise that the local punks in Hamburg switched off the electricity. But they made a few records at this time that I used to play the recent days. It's a sound hardly inspired by Joy Division with a pumping bass, cryptic lyrics and a voice the would become good to some dark wave bands.
Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2015
This is another forgotten band from the late 80s. Their first full length album Hope Against Hope impressed me much in these days. They made a wonderful melange of guitar based rock with an attitude far away from most of the other bands in this era. I loved this band being in the orbit of noise-rock bands like post No Wave bands like Sonic Youth and The Swans. Still fresh, heavy guitars and maybe ahead of the times.
Band of Susans - Hope Against Hope
Mittwoch, 30. September 2015
After yesterday's post I was in the mood to check out some old German music again that had the spirit of John Lydon and the post punk era. One of those bands that appeared in the late 80s was Kolossale Jugend a band that was close to the so called Hamburg school that brought Germany a very new and rough sound in independent music. Named by a song from Young Marble Giants (Colossal Youth) they made a fantastic combination of post punk mixed with a bit of grunge and experimental pop. Their texts were often cryptic – half crazy, half brilliantly – however, the note which the band sound like was unequivocal. They freely rocked after the motto: According to and indirectly. They had an attitude by controlling their rage, always remained far away of every market compatibility. Their play was full of pressure and rousing. This is a song from their album Heile, Heile Bouches released in 1989 and it was a highlight for me in these times.
Kolossale Jugend - Bessere Zeiten