Well, what a horrible week! It’s safe to say that most Londoners woke up on Friday feeling extremely let down and disappointed by the results of the EU Referendum. It’s a sad, sad time to be a thinker in a country of sheeple. I hope that everybody reading this is keeping up to date with all the plans to do what we can to get this extreme situation reversed in what ever way possible.
Right, enough depressing chat, let’s think about music, yes? Music is a nice way to be distracted. This week I’ll be covering some Hardcore, Jungle and DnB. The KLF, Bowie, The Doors, PJ Harvey. Soul, Disco and a few other pieces. Also this week I’ve attempted to photograph the condition of the higher priced items featured, fancy! Let’s kick things of with some UK Duuuuubstep…
Cotti + Cluekid, The Legacy, 12″ 2007 release on -30 Recordings. Features three tracks: The Legacy, Feel My Wrath, Analogue Monkey. This is released on the label Cotti (Richard Bowes) and Cluekid (Carlos Alberici-Stubbs) own together, they’ve been making music together for ten years.
DJ Crystl, Crystlize/Deep Space, heavy UK DnB on Dee Jay Recordings from 1993. Heralding from Edgware, Daniel Chapman (now retired), made some of the best produced DnB to come out of the UK. Often overlooked, this is not one to be missed.
Asend, Can’t Play Bass/This Time, 1995 DnB on Second Movement Recordings. Heavyweight UK producer Lee Smith ran the Second Movement label in the early 90s releasing heavy-ass DnB until the early 00s.
PJ Harvey, 4 Track Demos and Rid Of Me, both are rare 90s issues of these fine releases by the wondrous Polly Jean. Having had the opportunity to see PJ this year I was (unsurprisingly) astounded to find that she’s still a formidable force to be reckoned with. There really is nobody like PJ Harvey, her career has spanned years and still there are people that probably don’t know who she is. Well, GET TO KNOWING, these albums are both a great place to get yourself acquainted with the guttural wailings and sharp shapes of PJ Harvey’s steez. She literally couldn’t give any fucks, bow down and worship at the alter of tiny-woman-huge-presence. Also, I drew her.
Deftones, White Pony, 2000 release on Maverick, double LP. This was Deftones third studio album and took a very different turn from their two previous releases, many people felt that this release didn’t stand up to their previous albums but there are definitely a few corkers on there. Hey, it’s no Adrenaline but it does feature the track Passenger where Maynard James Keenan of Tool guests on vocals. Two of the best voices in metal coming together to make a track about screwing in a car for an otherwise mildly bland album, it definitely makes this worth purchasing.
Muslimgauze, Azzazin, a limited edition on 250 picture disc from 1996 on Staaplaat. All tracks are untitled but contain everything you’d expect from a Muslimgauze release. Scattered vocals and hypnotizing rhythms that scurry across your speakers. This is the first pressing of this release and the tracks feature on the booty release Arsnova CD and a second pressing on CD via Staaplaat, artwork varies depending on the release.
David Bowie, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, a UK first pressing on RCA from 1972 with orange labels. This entry on Wikipedia sums this concept album up really well: “The album tells the story of Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. Bowie created Ziggy Stardust while in New York City promoting Hunky Dory and performed as him on a tour of the United Kingdom, Japan and North America. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. These factors, coupled with the ambiguity surrounding Bowie’s sexuality and fuelled by a ground-breaking performance of “Starman” on Top of the Pops, led to the album being met with controversy and since hailed as a seminal work.”
The KLF, Space, UK first press from 1990 on KLF Communications. Written and produced by Jimmy Cauty on his todd, this album was a Space themed ambient house concept piece. This was supposed to the The Orb’s first album but Cauty released it himself under the name KLF (because, why not) after his departure from the group. A rare vinyl sausage indeed. PLEASE NOTE: any attempt to buy this album with the burnt cinders of £50 will be met with a doth of the cap and severe reprimanding for being such a silly billy and burning money! The keys on this track remind me of that underwater level on Mario N64.
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Strictly Personal, a UK second press (far rarer than the first) on Liberty with black labels in a gate-fold sleeve. This album was Cap’n Beefy’s second studio album and after its release Don condemned it as he claimed he hadn’t agreed to producer Bob Krasnow’s use of audio effects used in post-production. Who knows if he knew of these effects or not, it’s still an amazing Beefheart album, I’m sure I read somewhere that he recorded all of his vocal parts in a cupboard…
The Doors, Strange Days, a UK mono first press on Elektra. The second studio album by LA hell-raisers, their first being recorded in only six days, this album allowed them time to experiment and stretch out a little more as a group. The title track to the album was one of the first uses of a Moog in rock music (the first being Silver Apples.) The cover photograph by Joel Brodsky was shot in New York, the juggler is actually Brodsky’s assistant and the cab driver who was randomly selected on the day was paid only $5. Jim, I’d’ve loved you 600 times, with your perfect nose and general grump, alas you were dead before I existed.
Risco Connection, It’s My House, an original white label test press from 1979 on Black Rose Music in an Arawak die-cut sleeve. Hand-written info on the A-Side and SOUNDWAVE stamp.
Sweet Touch, Live It Up, a US 1979 pressing on BC Records in a company sleeve, B-Side is an instrumental. Lead vocals by Jocelyn Brown, mixed by Joe Iantosca and produced by Began Cekic of BC Records.
Mort Garson, Electronic Hair Pieces, 1969 press on A7M Records. With his fingers in many electronic pies Mort Garson was a pioneer of electronic music in the 60s and 70s. DJ Shadow famously sampled him on his sample heavy release Endtroducing in 1996 on the track Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt. Garson’s music was also used during the television transmission of the Apollo 11 manned moon landing in 1969 as well as many themes for TV game shows.
That’s it! Another week, another bog post finished. Hopefully this week will be slightly less scary and depressing. As always, a playlist of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.
Until next week…