Oscar L – Monster Tube (2018)

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From the ethereal to the monster bass… the madrileño DJ and producer Óscar López García put out a trio of house bangers on a Truesoul multiplayer earlier this year. The punchiest one kicks off proceedings; he calls it ‘Monster Tube’. I love that TB-303.

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Björn Olsson – Minnesstund (1997)

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A midweek interlude. Having left The Soundtrack of Our Lives after the band’s first album release, Welcome to the Infant Freebase, guitarist Bjorn Olsson produced Instrumentalmusik… Att Sjunka In I… Eller Kanske Försvinna Till in 1997. Released in the US in 1999, the long player’s third track was ‘Minnesstund’ (Memorials). Sweden’s very own Brian Eno.

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Vasser – Valerians (2018)

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For a 19-year old lad from Tunbridge Wells, electronic producer and recording artist Sam Breathwick (aka Vasser) has a maturity that foretells an exciting career. His new cut ‘Valerians’ is part electronic, part indie, part pop … and all good.

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APRE – All Yours (2018)

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Good morning. ‘All Yours’ is the first single from the London duo APRE. The song features on the band’s EP titled The Movement of Time, which was released in May this year. I like the sound; it really reminds me of the Foals. Have a great week.

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Cola Boyy – Have You Seen Her (2018)

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Matthew Urango, aka Cola Boyy, is a 28 year-old multi-instrumentalist and singer from Oxnard, California (hometown Anderson .Paak). Like .Paak he blends disco, soul, funk and his own groove to create something sunny and joyous. And I love the piano. Have a great weekend.

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Yo La Tengo – Nowhere Near (1993)

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After the hope, the despair. England lose in the semis. ‘Nowhere Near’ features on Yo La Tengo’s 1993 album Painful.

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Juniore – Magnifique (2018)

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Well done France! I hope to see you against England on Sunday. Juniore is the brainchild of Anna Jean, a singer who lent her voice to songs of Parisian electro acts like Jackson, Jérôme ”Tacteel” Echenoz and Bot’Ox. Joined by four other female musicians, Anna Jean has now created something completely different. Think Nico meets Françoise Hardy. ‘Magnifique’ is the title track of their second studio album.

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Christine and The Queens feat. Dâm-Funk – Damn, dis-moi (2018)

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A day for something francophile, something for the World Cup semi…’Damn, dis-moi’ was released in May by French singer Christine and the Queens. It features American funk musician Dâm-Funk and a very transatlantic sound. As a nod to Prince, the English version was called ‘Girlfriend’.

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Why? – Fatalist Palmistry (2008)

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Why? started out as an alias of Cincinnati born Yoni Wolf, son of a rabbi and an art book editor. He discovered an abandoned 4-track in the basement of his father’s synagogue and that laid the foundation of what would become the sound of Alopeica, the band’s third studio album. The song ‘Fatalist Palmistry’ is at the centre of the album. “I sleep on my back ‘cause it’s good for the spine and coffin rehearsal.” Have a great week.

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Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People (1968)

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The classic single ‘Everyday People’ from Sly & The Family Stone. This was 1968 – an annus mirabilis for popular music. Different strokes for different folks. The song would feature on their 1969 album Stand.

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Matty – Clear (2018)

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The song ‘Clear’ is from Matty’s debut solo LP Déjàvu. The Toronto-based Matthew A. Tavares asks why to the backdrop of psychedelic synths.

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Let’s Eat Grandma – Donnie Darko (2018)

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It’s a slice of wonderfully weird pop from from the fabulous Let’s Eat Grandma. I saw them at Rough Trade East on Friday night with a pal. I was so impressed. ‘Donnie Darko’ closes out their album I’m All Ears.

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Christopher Cross – Sailing (1979)

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Listening to Christopher Cross, it is hard to believe that he played guitar for Deep Purple in San Antonio, Texas in 1970. Richie Blackmore had fallen ill and undoubtedly it was not his soulful vocals that they sought out. A little later than usual this morning, it’s the sunny disposition of ‘Sailing’. Absolutely, it is clearly a guilty pleasure.

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Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand (1996)

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‘Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand’ is Chris O’Connor’s take on Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On Yhe Wild Side’. Recorded from his bedroom, the hip-hop drum track, piano solo and the B.B. King sample served as a forerunner to Moby’s downtempo breakthrough album Play. Have a great week.

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Parliament – Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) (1978)

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On reflection, George Clinton’s ‘Atomic Dog’ may have provided us with the G-funk groove, but it was not without its precursors. ‘Aqua Boogie’ is bonafide mad. The extended Parliament/Funkadelic troop included George Clinton on vocals, Bootsy Collins on bass/guitar/drums/vocals and Bernie Worrell on keyboards, who between them were happy to draw upon jazz fusion, disco, funk and bird calls. Have a great weekend.

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