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.
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.
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.
George Clinton had become famous for some of the most adventurous funk out there. In 1982, he was striking out from Parliament-Funkadelic ensembles, but still recording with the same players that could deliver the otherworldly. The LP Computer Games featured the woof woof of ‘Atomic Dog’, a song that provides the groove that would become the cornerstone of G-funk a decade later.
I’m making mellow this week. In 2000, Toi Sojer-Sacchi (aka Gram’ma Funk) pledged her allegience to the funk a year after making a name for herself as the vocalist on Groove Armada’s ‘I See You Baby’. This time, she was collaborating with Lennart Krarup and Italian DJs Arian Beheshti and Giuseppe Nuzzo. Together they were Oversoul and their track ‘Universal Unfolding’ made it waves on the Ibiza beaches. Have a great week.
Dan Snaith’s 2010 album Swim kicks off with ‘Odessa’. It’s a fantastic cut for all its strange but familiar sounds. The high pitched synth, the Musik Express bells and the Röyksopp like lyrics: “Taking the kids/ Driving away/ Turning ’round the life she let him siphon away”. Caribou good. Have a good weekend
In 2006, DJ Andy Weatherall released the EP The Bullet Catcher’s Apprentice on his own Rotters Golf Club label. The pressing was was his first ever under his own name. On the opening track ‘Feathers’, Weatherhall shares writing credits with his long-time Sabres of Paradise/Two Lone Swordsmen collaborator Keith Tenniswood. The ongoing partnership remained electronic and effective.
Good morning. The title track off Massive Attack’s 1994 album Protection was s a collaboration with Tracey Thorn (and James Brown, you could say). The track borrows its rhythm through a sample of the classic wah-wah guitar from the Godfather’s ‘The Payback’. Have a great week.
Good morning folks. There’s not enough Debbie Harry on this blog. ‘Atomic’ first surfaced on side B of the band’s platinum-selling album Eat to the Beat. The song was strong enough to be released as a single a year later, but would effectively act as swansong for the band. A cover (‘The Tide is High’) and a novelty record (‘Rapture’) would follow, but the final few movements of producer Mike Chapman’s atomic disco sound were when the party really ended. Have a great week.
St Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, one of the leading purveyors of the “French Touch”, the wave of French filter house of the late 1990s. His style has a mixed up deep house, jazz and lounge. With its understated Marlena Shaw sample, ‘Rose Rouge’ is the opening track off his 2000 album Tourist. “I want you to get together/put your hands together one time.” Have a great weekend.
‘People Will Always Need Coal’ was the fourth single to be released from Every Valley, the critically acclaimed third album from Public Service Broadcasting. The album takes listeners on a journey down the valleys of South Wales. The history of coal mining is a metaphor for social malaise, and disenfranchisement.
Bordeaux-based producer and singer/songwriter Nuit Oceān produces a sound that is reminiscent of The XX, James Blake, Bon Iver… you get the gist. His compositions are inspired by his travels; they must be coastal. ‘Falling Night’ features on his 2017 EP Island.