Parliament – Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) (1978)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

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.

Tagged , , , , ,

Sleezy D – I’ve Lost Control (1986)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Even if DJ Pierre’s ‘Acid Trax’ was the first track to christen the genre, the Space Side mix of Sleezy D and pal Marshall Jefferson’s ‘I’ve Lost Control’ was the first acid house track on vinyl. The combination of Roland TB-303 over TR-808 beats was intense.

Tagged , , ,

Kids See Ghosts – Reborn (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Kanye West and KiD CuDi remind us what Kanye can do when he’s keeping good company. ‘Reborn’ features on Kids See Ghosts’ self-titled long player.

Tagged , , ,

Matthew E. White – Big Love (2012)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

It is hard to categorise Matthew E. White’s sound on ‘Big Love’. Larger than life, the song featured on his 2012 album the Big Inner. The bass groove, honky-tonk piano, the Philly strings, the backing singers, the sax and something celestial… it’s a very tasty soup.

Tagged ,

Natalie Prass – Lost (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Natalie Prass’s sophomore album, The Future And The Past, is an eclectic affair. Supported by producer Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Studio house band, she’s found her groove borrowing from pieces of 1970s and 1980s pop. While much of the long player has a waltzy swing to it, something a little slower pricked my ears. The piano ballad ‘Lost’ shows that the singer-songwriter knows how to deliver a vocal chop too. Have a great start to the week.

Tagged , ,

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s song ‘Hunnybee’ is off their latest record Sex & Food. The song’s title stems from the middle name of Ruban Nielson’s (vocalist/guitarist) daughter. Enjoy. Have a great weekend.

Tagged ,

Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunes – No Discogs

‘Gold Rush’ is the the first cut from Death Cab For Cutie’s upcoming new album Thank You For Today. It is the first time new members Dave Depper (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Zac Rae (keyboards, guitar) have joined the Death Cab party. Indie guitars and Spoon/Beck-like melodic flourishes, it’s a welcome return from Seattle’s idie icons

Tagged ,

Spiritualized – I’m Your Man (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunes – No Discogs

The upcoming LP And Nothing Hurt may well be Spiritualized’s last and final recording. We should all savour. Jason Pierce reflects on ‘I’m Your Man’ while the horn arrangement offers power, energy and light. J. Spaceman will be going out on a high.

Tagged , , ,

Villagers – A Trick Of The Light (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunes – No Discogs

‘Trick Of The Light’ is the first release from Villagers’ forthcoming album The Art Of Pretending To Swim. The track opens to a steady pulse and quickly creates a groove that is more than slightly R&B. The folk returns as the song progresses and Conor O’Brien chases ‘A Trick Of The Light’.

Tagged ,

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight (2018) 

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Last year’s single ‘The French Press’ was word-of-mouth success for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Its guitar-wielding surf rock jam carved out its place on this blog. The riff-laden lead single ‘Talking Straight’ off their debut album Hope Downs clearly indicates that last year was no one-off. Have a great week.

Tagged ,

Neil Young – Old Man (1972)

YouTubeAmazon – iTunes – Discogs

Neil Young may have made a name for himself first as a member of Buffalo Springfield, but it’s Young as a solo artist that achieved the success and accolades. 35 albums in 45 years. Songwriter extraordinaire, but did it ever get better than his 1972 album Harvest? The wistful ‘Old Man’ provides my first stop on any journey through his back catalogue. Have a great weekend.
Tagged , ,

George Clinton – Atomic Dog (1982)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

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.

Tagged , ,

Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love (1972)

YouTubeAmazoniTunes – Discogs

“I’ve been told that you’ve been bold with Harry, Mark and John.” Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite Of Love’ was first released on his standout album Transformer, but was originally written during the final days of The Velvet Underground. Reed’s solo career was given a huge boost when team Bowie decided to work with the ex-VU star to make him shine as brightly as possible. Bowie and Mick Ronson had given their hero a new lease on life. Ronson played both piano and recorder on this track.

Tagged , , , ,

Gaz Coombes – The Girl Who Fell To Earth (2015)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Gaz Coombes may still have the facial hair, but things have moved on since Supergrass split in 2010. In 2015, He released his second solo album, Matador. It featured, ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’. The title was Bowie; the influence was Lennon.

Tagged , , ,

Stephen Malkmus – Jo Jo’s Jacket (2001)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Last week’s feature of Bryan Ferry got me thinking about solo artists that have made a good fist of leaving their successful bands. Stephen Malkmus’s signature is unmistakable. The one-time frontman for Pavement, arguably the most effervescent group of ’90s indie music, could have suffered under the weight of legacy and expectation. But he took it all in his stride and with a dollop of his humour. ‘Jo Jo’s Jacket’ and the bald dome of Yul Brynner feature on his self-titled debut album.

Tagged , , ,