Burial – Rival Dealer (2013)

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In 2006/07, the anonymous William Bevan broke onto the music scene as dubstep hero Burial with his self-titled debut and 2007 follow-up Untrue. 5 years later he topped that with the release of two stunning EPs – Kindred and 2013’s Rival Dealer. The title track of the latter is one of the best examples of electronic dance music that one can wish to hear.

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Moondog – Lament I, “Bird’s Lament” (1969)

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From one pioneer to another. It may only be 1min 53secs long, but Moondog’s ‘Lament I, “Bird’s Lament”‘ is an avant-garde jazz masterpiece. Louis Thomas Hardin lost his sight at the age of 17 in an accident involving a dynamite cap. As Moondog, he wrote most of his music in braille –  it did not hold him back. ‘Bird’s Lament’ features on his eponymous album, which he released in 1969.

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Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A Mix Of Two Halves) (1990)

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I was very sorry to hear about the untimely death of Andy Weatherall yesterday. He changed UK music in the early 1990s. Sandwiched in between his genre-defining mix of The Happy Mondays’ ‘Hallelujah‘ and his production of Primal Scream’s beloved Screamadelica was this Balearic, dub-fused, double-headed remix of Saint Etienne’s Neil Young cover ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’. R.I.P. Mr. Weatherall.

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Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man (1967)

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While ‘Gimme Some Lovin’‘ was more successful – both back in the day and after its Blues Brothers renaissance – ‘I’m A Man’ was the the song that defined the soul rock sound of the Spencer Davis Group. A great rock songs by any measure, it was the title track off their second US album. Have a great week.

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The Style Council ‎- You’re The Best Thing (1984)

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In 1982, former Dexys Midnight Runner Mick Talbot started working with Paul Weller, the former frontman of The Jam. Despite that heritage, The Style Council would become a frustration to their well-wishing fans. The supergroup were continually reinventing themselves, but only occasionally reaching the heights of where they’d been. ‘You’re The Best Thing’ is one such moment. Happy Valentine’s Mrs Samuel.

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PINS – In Nightmares (2017)

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Manchester all-female five-piece PINS released their EP Bad Thing in 2017. Produced by self-proclaimed sound artist Mark Vernon, it was recorded in a studio in the Scottish Borders and includes a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Dead Souls’. The borders do that to you, but it also gives you the gist of where they’re coming from. I feature ‘In Nightmares’ for its indie-atmospheric-electronica vibe. Early Cure… perhaps.

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Orgone – Do Your Thing (2007)

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The title of the 2007 long player The Killion Floor is derived from the apartment/studio facility where Orgone recorded the album for Ubiquity Records. While the record’s cover of ‘Funky Nassau’ might be more favoured in funk DJ circles, the LA-based band’s reputation was cemented with their rendition of Isaac Hayes ‘Do Your Thing’. Lead singer Fanny Franklin rings in the apocalypse.

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Destroyer – Crimson Tide (2019)

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Dan Bejar’s work hits so many touch points for me… Mercury Rev, War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem… and all wrapped up in layers of nostalgic synth pop. ‘Crimson Tide’ features on his/Destroyer’s latest album Have We Met.

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Sly And The Family Stone – Runnin’ Away (1972)

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Sly and the Family Stone’s fifth studio album, There’s a Riot Goin’ On, is dark, lo-fi funk masterpiece. It was the statement of a man finding his place in the world as he begins a slow descent into addiction. The drugs hadn’t affected the quality, but Sly Stone’s outlook had altered considerably. ‘Runnin’ Away’ maybe a must-listen for lovers of soul jazz, but it’s also about how, at a certain time, everybody runs away from something. Have a great week.

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Kate Bush ‎- The Sensual World (1989)

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The title track off Kate Bush’s masterful album The Sensual World has to be heard to be believed. This was1989 and, inspired by James Joyce’s book Ulysses, Bush created something dreamlike, timeless and erotic. Have a great weekend.

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The Japanese House ‎- We Talk All The Time (2019)

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Before we leave this cloud called dream pop, I give you Amber Bain. As The Japanese House, the London-based singer-songwriter has refined a lush sound that reminds me of Christine And The Queens. Last year, she released her first full-length album, Good at Falling. Track 3 is ‘We Talk All The Time’, on which Bain’s yearning vocals ponder that shift between infatuation and companionship. Concerned or celebratory? Certainly dreamy.

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Kučka – Real (2019)

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As Kučka, Laura Jane Lowther records and produces her own music. Distinctive vocals and analogue synths make for a version of dream pop that both Massive Attack and Björk fans might like. The Australian singer released the single ‘Real’ last year. She wants “to encourage people to lose themselves in their ideas, to really go deep, no matter how weird or unusual they think they are…”; sounds like chaos to me.

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Biddu & The Orchestra – Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon (1977)

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I wanted to post this track yesterday, but Monday is no time for disco. Tuesday’s much better, sure. I recently heard this track in a hillside restaurant bar in Istanbul. I could not believe my ears… is it bird, is it a diamond, no… it’s Biddu. There was me thinking that Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon’ found a second life when the cover by Urge Overkill appeared on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. But no, how could anyone overlook this 1977 disco version by Bangalore-born, London-based producer Biddu Appaiah? Biddhu was no slouch; he knew his disco rhythms. In 1974, he produced the multi-million selling ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ by Carl Douglas, he launched the career of Tina Charles and scored the soundtracks the cult movies The Bitch and The Stud. All very unexpected for a man from Coorg.

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Tame Impala – Half Full Glass Of Wine (2008)

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Good morning. As press commentators get very excited about the upcoming release of Tame Impala’s fourth album The Slow Rush, I pull out a gem from the band’s genesis – a time when Kevin Parker was more rock club than dance floor. In 2004, the Australian auteur wrote and recorded ‘You Haven’t Been Telling The Truth’ as The Dee Dee Drums with friend Luke Epstein. The song outlived that collaborations and would evolve into Tame Impala’s ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’, released on their debut self-titled EP released in 2008. Have a great week.

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Barış Manço – Lambaya Püf De! (1973)

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Good morning from Istanbul. Naturally, I’m doing my best to soak up the sights and sounds of this huge city. Barış Manço was rock royalty in Anatolia. His mother Rikkat Uyanık was a famous singer in the 1940s, and a couple of decades late, his life in Paris was shaping his formula: a mix of his minstrel roots and the chanson française so popular in France. “What might that sound like?”, I hear you ask. In 1973, he released the whispering ‘Lambaya Puf De’. It translates to something like “blow the lamp out by going ‘puf'”. That’s how Manço rolled. And that instrument you hear throughout is a Turkish saz. Have a great weekend.

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