Here we go gathering nuts in May … or somesuch; happy Bank Holiday Monday to those of you who are having one. Another esoteric mix for you today – hope you enjoy them, and please keep sending your spare earworms to firstname.lastname@example.org. All welcome.
Public Service Broadcasting – Go – abahachi: The core idea of PSB’s music – dialogue sampled from old public information films and newsreels built into electronic instrumentals – is clever, and it always has its moments (e.g. their 2012 WWII-themed The War Room EP), but I’ve not been totally convinced until hearing them play this track for Radio 2 (yes, I’m getting old…) last weekend: from an album based around the race to space, this takes samples from the control room during the moon landing, and makes something appropriately magnificent and exciting.
Betty Wright – Pain – severin: One of my three picks for Spill Year 1986. It was my favourite single that year. Great voice – of course. Great song too IMHO. This is the long version. I had to turn over my 7” single and play both sides to hear this at the time.
Curtis Salgado – My Girlfriend – tincanman: Little Walter meets Jake Blues meets Wilson Picket with a little funk thrown in on his latest, The Beautiful Lowdown. Expect awards aplenty to follow.
Rick Braun – Fat Jack and Domino – Ravi Raman: From the Night Walk album by jazz trumpeter Rick Braun. His homage to Champion Jack Dupree and Fats Domino. Part of the music that got into my head during my post surgery period. This is still stuck in.
Toots & the Maytalls – Time Tough – goneforeign: Time Tough by Toots & the Maytalls, this was my introduction to Toots, long before Bob and the Wailers became a hit. Loved Toots ever since.
Eloise Weeks – A Million Eyes – AliM: I heard this on the radio yesterday and it stood out; it stuck in my head sufficiently to make me look it up later. I can’t find out much about Eloise except that she’s about 16 and comes from Berkshire. She won a runner-up award for best original song at the Open Mic UK Final in 2013, and plays piano and violin. The more I play it, the more I like it. https://soundcloud.com/eloise-weeks/eyes.
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