It’s 808 day!
Woot woot! moving on, today we’ve got a cracking selection of music for your ear holes including Reggae 7s, Carl Craig, Bjork, Tim Buckley, Danzig, Little Richard and loads more.
Kicking things off with this killer Lee Perry 7inch
Lee Perry & The Upsetters, Jungle Lion/Freak Out Skank, 1973 UK original pressing on the Upsetter label, a Lee Perry production. The B-Side has one of the sickest drum breaks you’ll ever hear, I promise you this. Jungle Lion features a gorgeous Al Green sample twisted into a classic Lee Perry hook. This beauty will set you back a few bob but it’s entirely worth it.
Desi Roots/Fatman Riddim Section, School Tonight/Screw Tonight, Jamaican press, year of release unknown on Top Ranking ** The Gladiators, The Train Is Coming Back/Feeling So Fine, UK press from 1968 on Whirl produced by Leebert Thompson ** The Aggrovators/The Aggro Band, The Wizard/Sweet Like Candy, UK 1970 pressing on Smash, produced by Bunny Lee ** Eli & Chen/Soul Syndicate, Crying Baby/Version, 1975 Jamaican pressing on Sue’s Place ** Hugh Roy & John Holt with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics/Earl Lindo, Wear You To The Ball/The Ball, Jamaican pressing from 1967 on Duke Reid’s label.
Little Richard, Mono Box: The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums, 5 LP box set from 2016 on Vee-Jay/Specialty/Concord Music Group, 5 albums remastered in mono and presented in a fancy box with Lil’ Dickie’s big dumb face on it. Features the albums: Here’s Little Richard, Little Richard, The Fabulous Little Richard, Little Richard Is Back and His Greatest Hits.
Bjork, Post, UK pressing on 140g pink wax, limited edition from 2015 on One Little Indian. The hype sticker featured on this album lists the words that Bjork associates with this album: greedy, euphoric, absorb, promiscuity, urban, orange, pink. Lots of different heads helped form this album into what it is including Tricky, Eumir Deodato, Graham Massey (808 DAY!), Marius De Vries, Nelle Hooper, Howie B, Gavyn Wright and obviously Bjork herself. You can’t fuck with Bjork.
Tim Buckley, Starsailor, original UK pressing from 1970 on Straight Records. This stunning album features the undeniably beautiful song Song To The Siren that Cocteau Twins covered in the 90s, leading to Elizabeth Fraser having a close and very intense relationship with Tim Buckley’s son Jeff until his death in 1997, this relationship went on to inspire almost every song that appears on Jeff Buckley’s only studio album Grace. Fraser’s famous vocal piece on Massive Attack’s Teardrop are inspired by her time with Jeff. Sad, sad, sad. Here’s Tim on The Monkees TV Show in 1968
Danzig, Mother ’94/Mother (Live), a limited edition shaped picture disc from 1994 on American Recordings. The live version was recorded in California in 1992 and is taken from the album Thrall-Demonsweatlive. About this track Glenn says: ““I remember calling Rick Rubin in the middle of the night and telling him that I wrote an incredible song—probably the best song I’d ever written. It was the song I always wanted to write. The first time we played it, people went crazy. But I never wrote that song to make it a hit—I never wrote that way, and I still don’t. I write songs so that they say something and do something, and if people like them, great—and if they don’t, they don’t.”
Brant Bjork And The Bros, Somera Sol, dirty stoner desert rock from 2007 on Duna Rock. Brant Bjork is a part of Stoner history having been a member of legendary Stoner bands Fu Manchu and Kyuss. He was an integral part of Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions which later went on to become some of the best material Queens Of The Stone Age have ever produced. If Josh Homme is the King of the Stoner chess board then Brant Bjork is like the Rook or some shit.
Jon Hopkins, Immunity, double LP bad boy on Domino from 2013. 180g wax in a gate-fold sleeve with download card. Jon Hopkins is a producer from Kingston-upon-Thames (hnurgh-hnurgh) and this album slapped him solidly in the “Maker of Good Shit” category very quickly and he was nominated from the Mercury Music Prize in 2013 for this release. Not only does this album have some proggy electronic bangers on it, there are also some piano pieces that’ll straight up tear you apart.
Various Artists, Moodymann: DJ Kicks, triple LP compilation on K7 Records from 2016. No Moodymann tracks are featured on this comp (like the other DJ Kicks) but boy does it still pack a punch. On it’s release and playing it to skeptical KDJ fans in the shop we were all pleasantly surprised by the diversity and quality of his selections. Even if there’s no DJ Kicks only Moody tracks on there it’s still worth checking out. Features tracks by Flying Lotus, Noir & Haze, Dopehead, Jai Paul, Nightmares On Wax, Jitwam, Lady Alma, Beady Belle and loads of others. Comes highly recommended by our very own Detroitian.
Moby, Everything Is Wrong, UK press of this 1995 LP. Everyone is hyped to fuck about this album at the moment as it features a track from the Netflix series Stranger Things which aired earlier this year to crazy critical acclaim. The track (with a hopelessly Moby-ish title) When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die played during the closing track whilst the audience collective thought “what just happened” you just watched Wino Forever! That’s what happened.
Carl Craig, More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art, double LP original pressing on Planet E from 1997. Widely considered to be Detroit born Carl Craig’s masterpiece More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art consists of Craig’s meticulous attention to detail blended with his subtle and interesting influences. This badman thinks way outside the box and produces some of the most soulful and accomplished Techno to come out of Detroit. You probably know it without even knowing that you know it.
As always, a playlist version of all the tracks featured in this week’s blog post can be found here.