South London-based Matt Maltese would seem to take his cues from a broad range of influences from George Michael to Father John Misty. Studio 6 features on last year’s EP In a New Bed on Café Bleu Recordings. Have a great weekend.
In 1990, George Michael was still at the height of his creative powers. He released Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 in the September and the following March, its song ‘Cowboys and Angels’ was pressed as a single. It is notable for being the first and only single that did not make the UK’s top 40 chart and the last before everything got complicated. It is quality.
From her 1982 long player Straight From The Heart, Patrice Rushen’s ‘Forget Me Nots’ is probably more familiar now for the vocals it lent to George Michael’s 1996 single Fastlove (and Will Smith’s ‘Men In Black’ a year later). However, I feature it for the funky rhythm and the perfectly abbreviated hand claps. “Ready” Freddie Washington was session player on the recording that delivered the classic bass line.
It’s Cass McCombs’ opening track ‘County Line’ off last year’s album Wit’s End. This is an easygoing reintroduction to my blog after a 24 hr journey back from China yesterday/ today. It’s a slow song; I’m tired. It lingers along like George Michael singing ‘Fool To Cry’ with lyrics provided by Jeff Tweedy. I’ll pick up the pace tomorrow. And apologies for the silence this last week. The great firewall of China hit the pause button, but I will backfill.