Featuring the well placed vocals of Pharrell Williams, ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’ is a celebratory disco track off Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories. The YouTube video is the glitter ball on top. Have a great weekend.
Released on Warp Records a year before LFO’s self-titled banger, ‘Testone’ might not have been quite the touchpaper that its successor was, but it certainly had the heritage. Sweet Exorcist was a collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H. Kirk and Richard Barratt (aka DJ Parrot)… ah, the sound of early techno: Atari bleeps, snappy hi-hats and deep base. And what’s more, Jarvis Cocker directed the video.
French music video director and neofolk artist Yoann Lemoine is better known to some as Woodkid. His track ‘I Love You’ features on the autobiographic album The Golden Age. You will have to forgive him the indulgent video, that sport of what he does and has done for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey’s …
A year before Cymande were paying tribute to another, Roxy Music were doing something completely original. ‘In Every Dream Home a Heartache’ features on the band’s second album For Your Pleasure. Eno’s shimmering synthesizer, Bryan Ferry’s sultry opening tones, Phil Manzanera’s extended guitar solo… blinding talent at the top of their game. The classic lineup would never again get the chance to better their combined sound.
Good morning everyone. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and London’s Cymande were obviously thinking of Chicago’s funk soul brother number one Curtis Mayfield when they dreamt up ‘Brothers On The Slide’. This “rare groove” featured on their 1974 album Promised Heights. Have a great week.
Even in 1991, ‘To The Motherland’ had a bygone sound. Born and bred in Chicago, Steve Poindexter was part of the original ghetto house scene (Armando, Frankie Knuckles etc.) of the mid 1980s. Moreover, his father used to drum for Duke Ellington. Now that’s old school. Released on Musique records, this deep house workout featured on the B-side of the Steve Poindexter and Kareem Smith pressing ‘N B Battle Track’. Have a great weekend.
A cultured, calming start to the week… Le Carnaval Des Animaux is a suite of fourteen movements by the composer Camille Saint-Saëns. When I was young, it was the accessible side of classical for family listening, like Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and the pervasive compilation series, Hooked on Classics. It was a toss up between the string quartet of the 7th movement ‘Aquarium’ and the cellos of the 13th, ‘The Cygne’. The Swan wins, of course. Have a great week.
Where do I start? Well let’s immediately state that I love this tune. The original ‘La Ritournelle’ was released on Sébastien Tellier’s 2004 album, Politics. It surfaced in the UK a year later on all the right dance floors. Some people spoke of it as Unfinished Symphony part two. Others just recast it as their own (listen to Radiohead’s ‘Reckoner’). For me, the genius is the combination of Tony Allen’s mesmerising drums and Tellier’s own reworking of Glenn Medeiros’s wise words. Nothing’s gonna change my love for this song. Have a great weekend.
Fred Neil is not as famous as he should be, partly because he gave up the bright lights to hang out in Florida. In 1965, a year before he wrote the classic ‘Everybody’s Talkin”, the singer-songwriter wrote the 1965 album Bleecker & MacDougal. Track #4 is ‘A Little Bit Of Rain’. “If I should leave you/Try to remember the good times/Warm days filled with sunshine/And just a little bit of rain/And just a little bit of rain.” Pure folk-blues.
Bleak, harrowing, cool, The Black Heart Procession took a few pages out of a Nick Cave score for their fourth album, Amore del Tropico. The song ‘A Cry For Love’ is like the soundtrack to smoke-filled movie scene. If I close my eyes, I can picture their San Diego right now – all bereft of love.
As we emerge from a wet weekend, I use the tenuous opportunity to segue the ‘The Whale’. Off the ELO’s unreal gatefold album Out Of The Blue, this ambient track feels forever current with its Tame Impala-style trippy disco, vocoder sounds and electronic funk. Jeff Lynne, you are an unlikely genius. Have a great week.