Cam Deas Top Ten – Reckless Records London

Cam Deas Top Ten

This weeks TOP TEN is from our good pal Cam Deas!

If you do not know this absolute legend then this must be sorted out RIGHT NOW!!! :

Rekki Recs Top 10

Gone for a mellow 60/70s top 10 after a heavy bank holiday, I can’t think about anything with a f*cking kick drum right now unless DJ Badboy gives me a gary and puts on Helm – The Sexy Edits 12”.

In no order:

Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru – S/T

Amazing Ethiopian pianist. Started learning some of this on guitar a while ago, beautiful melodies, rhythmically something else, I recommend sticking to her records. This and another EP were made available again by the excellent Mississippi Records, cheers.

Luc Ferrari – Hétérozygote / Petite Symphonie

Mego reissued these pieces last year, nice one. I heard it first on the massive 10cd box of all of Luc Ferrari’s electronic work, also wicked if you can find it. I once fell asleep/into some meditative state to Petite Symphonie on a long hungover train journey with my old ipod shuffle, every time it finished something heavy would come on and wake me up, ended up putting it back about 10 times to stay in that zone.

Shirley Collins – Love, Death & The Lady

Could have picked from a load of Shirley’s records, amazing output for 60 years now… but I put this one because I don’t have a copy and Rekki Recs promised to give me the next one they have in exchange for this top 10, thanks again guys.

Eliane Radigue – Trilogie de la Mort

This is the album I’ve used for years if I can’t sleep. Headphones on, you end up listening to the smallest details of these old oscillators beating against eachother. Can sometimes be slightly woken up in a particularly heavy section and think you’re in some hellscape though.

Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country

Incredible record. Was listening to Basho for about 10 years before I heard this since it was one of the harder to find before it got reissued by Gnome Life, and now it’s my favourite. Opener “Green River Suite” is gonna sort you out when you wake up everytime.

La Monte Young – The Well-Tuned Piano

Catch it while you can on youtube before yr man La Monte reports it and gets it all removed again. Amazing music though, 5 1/2 hours-ish of semi-composed, semi-improvised piano, tuned to perfection.

Bridget St John – Songs for the Gentle Man

Great record with faultless arrangements. Currently chosen as my morning alarm clock.

Robert Wyatt – Shleep

Got really into this one in the last couple years and listened to it a lot more than I ever listened to Rock Bottom. Dreamy vibe with a bunch of great players.

Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum

The walrus man kills it with this classic, it’s another for sticking on the headphones and zoning the fuck out to a ton of weird sounds to fuck with your dreams. Can’t imagine the labour that must have gone into creating something like this in the mid-70s…

Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution

I’m not that into everything Bill Fay’s done, but this record is one of my all-time favourites now. Described on the Honest Jons site as “melancholy (borderline morbid) folk-rock that falls somewhere between Pearls Before Swine, Leonard Cohen, and a suicide prevention hotline.” I saw Reckless had a copy recently, went in to nick it but it was already sold.

Cheers Chris!

No problem Cam – Shirley Collins LP is in the post !!!