Friday, September 22, 2017

Dom Servini – Unherd Radio Show #7 on Soho Radio

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Hermeto Pascoal – Dança Do Paje (Far Out)
Phil France – Joy of Brass (Mr. Scruff Remix) (Gondwana)
Son of Sam – Put It On Ya feat. Soundsci & Mr Thing (Bandcamp)
Compilation of the Month: Crown Ruler Sound
Kosmik 3 – I’m Gonna Pack (Jeremy Spellacey Edit) (Spacetalk)
Leonidas & Hobbes – Web of Intrigue (Original Mix) (Hobbes Music)
Makadem – Nyako (Jinku Remix) (On The Corner)
Jordan Rakei – Goodbyes (Ninja Tune)
Werkha – Foolin’ Self feat. Berry Blacc (Tru Thoughts)
L’Orange – Look Around (feat. Oddisee) (Mello Music Group)
Space Captain – Sycamore (Tru Thoughts)
Antonio Adolfo – Cascavel (Artezanal)
The Showfa – See Thru Bon Bon (Original Mix)(Midnight Riot)
Compilation of the Month: Crown Ruler Sound
Legacy – Monday Blues (Spacetalk)
Charlie Smooth – Mesta Lanion (Smooth Operators)
COEO – Flesh World (Kapote’s Drum Jam Version) (Toytonics)
Washed Out – Get Lost (J Rocc Edit) (Stones Throw)
Soothsayers – Blinded Souls (Simbad ’79 Raw Disco Mix) (Wah Wah 45s)
Thrilogy – The Hustle (Fate & Fiction)
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby (Perlair Remix) (Unreleased)
Compilation of the Month: Crown Ruler Sound
Ezy & Isaac – Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu) (Spacetalk)
Funkadelic – Music 4 Your Mother (Moodyman Edit) (White)
EERA – Christine (Big Dada)
Portico Quartet – Lines Glow (Gondwana)
The Last Welfare Record – PBD (Planet Sundae)
Tony Allen – Bad Roads (Blue Note)
Sun Ra & his Arkestra – Along Came Ra (Art Yard)

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Horrors: V review – spindly indie survivors hit their sweet spot

Against the odds, the Horrors’ fifth album is their best yet, with Faris Badwan’s commanding, world-weary vocals adding to the synthesised thrills and sparkling guitar-pop

Let us briefly take a detour down memory lane. It is 2007 and, as a contestant on the most recent series of Big Brother has so eloquently put it, “there’s a new music that’s taking over our country and it’s called … ‘indie’”. The Pigeon Detectives bestride the Top 20. The second Razorlight album has just been certified five times platinum. The pages of the Observer play host to a feature that wonders aloud how Bloc Party will cope with being propelled to superstardom as a result of their new album: “A zeitgeist-defining record that rips up the rock rulebook.”

Strange days indeed, but imagine the consternation you could cause were you able to offer everyone a glimpse into the future, a world 10 years hence where Razorlight are headlining not Reading and Leeds but a VW campervan convention in Llangollen; where the lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs is now best-known as a judge on a talent show, and where the frontman of the Arctic Monkeys has left Yorkshire, changed his accent and now favours the world not with gritty vignettes of provincial Britain, but updates from the frontline of life as a swashbuckling multi-millionaire cocksman, rampant amid the sun-bronzed lovelies of Hollywood.

Related: The Horrors review – eldritch rockers signal move into the big leagues

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by Alexis Petridis via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Soft Cell – 10 of the best

In the last of this series, we look back at Soft Cell’s bleak but beautiful synthpop – from their run of Top 3 hits to their disintegration amid drug use and nervous breakdown

Likeminded art student renegades at Leeds Polytechnic in the late 70s, Dave Ball and Marc Almond originally came together to make music to accompany theatrical productions – an evolution of Almond’s developing interest in often extreme, sexual, graphic and confrontational performance art. Their first release, the short EP Mutant Moments, was funded by a £2,000 loan from Ball’s mum, and was enough to grab the attention of record label Some Bizzare, whose eccentric owner, Stevo, would go on to talent-spot some of the 80s’ best underground electronic groups. Their early single Memorabilia, from 1981, reveals just how much of the winning Soft Cell formula was already firmly in place. Claustrophobic, slightly stalker-y (“I have got to have you”) and with a brilliant electronic riff that lodged in your brain alongside the pen portrait of an obsessive collector, it was a remarkable calling card.

Related: Marc Almond: ‘I’ve had the chance to be subversive in the mainstream’

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by Jude Clarke via Electronic music | The Guardian