Thanks to Ravi for an antidote to all those canines on the mother ship. I’m squeezing the last drops out of the summer, sitting outside to put this together, it’s freezing, I am besieged by winged insects and someone is operating some sort of smelly/noisy two-stroke engine. Glad I’m not as high as that cat. Anyway, here’s this week’s varied selection – thanks to everyone and please keep sending those worms to email@example.com. Brrrr.
Venice Trip – Reign Dance – bethnoir: I think I’m addicted to this song, it’s the resonance of the bells/chimes, I keep hearing it even if I’m not listening to it. Venice Trip are a young London band, inspired by the Doors amongst others, they’ve been on BBC6 Music’s Introducing and I hope they’re destined for big things.
Dean McPhee – Glass Hills – glasshalfempty: AliM recently introduced us to the excellent Yorkshire guitarist, Dean McPhee. She is not the only one to have noticed his extraordinary talent. He is featured in a recent Boomcat ’14 tracks’ compilation, with this beautiful, almost Eastern, cut – his work described by Boomcat as ‘ancient sounding visions’.
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Okie Dokie Stomp – deanofromoz: Another discovery from my second hand cheap CD rummaging was an album that I think would have originally been a give away with Uncut magazine or some such. It’s a compilation of favourite songs selected by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and is actually really enjoyable, mainly in the blues genre, but Keefie also threw in some other stuff like Little Richard, Bob Marley, Hank Williams and even Tina Turner. This one is an instrumental, that is bluesy yet jazzy….not sure how else to describe it.
Manhattan Transfer – That Cat is High – Ravi Raman: After wading through 1300 songs on melancholy and misery I needed some serious pick-me-up tunes. Manhattan Transfer, a band that seems to specialise in this area, provided relief with numbers like this one – from their second and eponymous album – That Cat Is High.
Papa Wemba – Overdose – goneforeign: I lay in bed last night listening to a tape of Zairian music and this came on , Papa Wemba from the mid ’80’s singing about the eternal problem, a longtime favourite. I thought ‘that’s a perfect earworm’, so here it is, enjoy.
No-Man – Pink Moon – Fuel: English duo Tim Bowness (singer) and instrumentalist Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), perform this splendid cover of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon”. (Ed.)