Big Hard Excellent Fish tell it like it is
1 (3) BIG HARD EXCELLENT FISH – AND THE QUESTION REMAINS –
ONE LITTLE INDIAN
It’s been 23 years since The Imperfect List first raised eyebrows and turned heads. Well now Big Hard Excellent Fish make an equally provocative return, as Josie Jones spits out the current disgusting state of life in Britain today, set over a dramatic classical piece of music: Charlatan karaoke dream peddlers… Dodgy dog shit leavers… Phoney religious icons… Thieving little twat… Silver Bullet take it on an eerie spaced out groove, and Rootmasters serve it up on a bed of deep tones. http://youtu.be/bZ32FrwdRSw
2 (8) YOUNGHUSBAND – DROMES – SONIC CATHEDRAL
A stunning debut LP that blazes a pop savvy trail across fuzzy psychedelic landscapes, floating on shimmering lakes, soaring above thunderous clouds and burning bright among the twinkling stars. This London outfit are going all the way. http://youtu.be/HS13Z04Uwtg
3 (4) LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE – WHAT’S HOLDING YOU? –
The first track to be lifted from the Mexican duo’s third LP Chambers, is a relentless, hazardous, driving psych-out, that could induce foaming at the mouth and rolling eyes. It comes flipped with the excellent and much sought after Medicine To Cure Medicine Sickness. https://soundcloud.com/sonic-cathedral/lorelle-meets-the-obsolete-1
4 (2) DJ PIERRE – SAVE OUR WORLD EP – DEEPLAY DIGITAL
The Original Mix is a perky rump shakin’ techno number that just keeps on driving, aided by a call to arms megaphone vocal. Moodmusic head honcho Sasse comes up trumps in the remix department, delivering two electrifying workouts, with smouldering low end 303 and intricate spot on machine percussion, teasing, pleasing and explosive. The Acid Dub takes no prisoners. https://soundcloud.com/deeplaydigital/dj-pierre-save-our-world-sasse
5 (1) YOUNGHUSBAND – SILVER SISTERS – SONIC CATHEDRAL
New four piece from London serve up a sumptuous swirling mix of colourful emotions, with a post punk feel and a slightly deadpan vocal, that’s a bit Ian Hunter meets Robert Smith. Lifted from their forthcoming debut LP Dromes, definitely one to check. http://youtu.be/keGauqHihR4
6 (10) SHIT ROBOT – WE GOT A LOVE FT. REGGIE WATTS – DFA
Big 90’s piano scream up with loads of familiar house elements and classic Chicago style vocals that are done a bit cabaret on purpose. Watch this rip the place apart.
7 (9) MEANDISCO – THE DAY I SET YOU FREE FT. DANIEL WILDE –
New York’s Sullivan Room makes the leap from club to record label with an underground future classic, as infectious key riffs work their way around deep house rhythms, but the icing on the cake is the tripped out vocal take on Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Remixes come from Bruni & Danielle and The Scumfrog. https://soundcloud.com/meandisco/meandisco-ft-daniel-wilde
8 (NEW) HARLEIGHBLU – FORGET ME NOT – TRU THOUGHTS
Fantastic debut LP of modern soul with hip hop grooves. This Nottingham based singer has got a truly outstanding voice and she sings it like she means it. The girl has got it going on.
9 (16) THE EMPEROR MACHINE – HEY! – SOUTHERN FRIED
A fat slab of infectious pulsing funky disco with retro synth licks and a slick vocal from Michelle Bee. Comes with a top set of mixes from Ewan Pearson that give it a bit of a runaway sax post punk New York feel. https://soundcloud.com/southernfriedrecords/the-emperor-machine-hey-ewan-3
10 (11) M+A – THESE DAYS – MONOTREME
The Italian duo take a different course and make a shiney happy return with their sunshine filled sophomore LP, bursting with instantly catchy electronic pop songs set on sophisticated grooves. Sort of Example meets Beck meets Empire Of The Sun. Cute.
11 (12) BURNING HOUSE – WALKING INTO A BURNING HOUSE – NAÏVE
Debut LP from Chief Xcel (Blackalicious) and Herve Salters (General Elektriks) under their collective moniker Burning House. It’s a fun packed genre hopping affair, taking in funk, disco, hip hop, jazz and kids TV themes all shot through with a good dose of pop savvy.
12 (18) BLACK HEARTED BROTHER – STARS ARE OUR HOME –
The debut LP from all-star trio Neil Halstead, Mark Van Hoen and Nick Holton, is a powerful journey battling the elements across bleak landscapes, from tense inner cities to gusting coastal villages. http://youtu.be/Q0I4FZXQexU
13 (17) GARY NUMAN – LOVE HURT BLEED – MORTAL
A firing on all cylinders return, as pounding aggressive synths steamroller in on jackhammer beats, pushing his in your face, sneering rock flavoured lyrics to the fore, with a chorus that’s got a contrasting hooky riff, not too far off Space’s disco classic Magic Fly.
14 (14) SCOTTI BRAINS – KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN BOY –
Dan Carey, Oli Bayston and Beth Buxton have a sunshine frazzled wig out in Dan’s South London studio with an Oxfam purchased 1950’s tape recorder and an anonymous recording which was already on the featured machine. A mind bending afternoon with a nice bit of jingle jangle. https://soundcloud.com/speedywunderground/sw004-scotti-brains-keep
15 (NEW) ROTIFER – THE CAVALRY NEVER SHOWED UP – GARE DU NORD
Robert Rotifer along with fellow band mates Ian Button (Thrashing Doves / Death In Vegas) and Mike Stone (Television Personalities), have come up with a great LP that has got wit, sarcasm, humour and a dark old London town underbelly. It stands out from the herd, but it also brings to mind 1960’s David Bowie, Scott Walker, Jarvis Cocker and Edwyn Collins. This LP is well worth your attention.
16 (6) BALI FAMILY FT. NAVID IZADI – RAIN & SHINE – SOUTHERN FRIED
James What of Crosstown and Poker Flat fame was on holiday in Bali, where on a whim he hooked up with Luca C (Brigante’s other half), and vocalist Jamie Graham, together the trio made a woozy and dreamy psychedelic number with simmering acid house feels. If Jason Spaceman ever made a club record, it would probably be along these lines. Shame about the tagged on unnecessary rap though, go straight for the rap free Dub. https://soundcloud.com/southernfriedrecords/bali-family-feat-navid-izadi-6
17 (22) SAMUEL – FALLING STAR EP – TECHNICOLOUR
Innovative electronics that are certainly moving things forward, and soulful vocals that are not forced. This guy’s star is shining bright.
18 (25) A1 BASSLINE – INTASOUND EP – GRUUV
The title cut has got strobe lit basement written all over it, as slightly off kilter drums rattle through a repetitive vocal sample and euphoric spacey pads.
19 (21) QUASI – SEE YOU ON MARS – DOMINO
A shouty and slurry fuzzy bundle of raucous shambolic geek rock in a pub style. Fun. https://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/quasi-see-you-on-mars
20 (13) MARIAM THE BELIEVER – INVISIBLE GIVING (PRINS THOMAS DISKOMIX) – MOSHI MOSHI
Mariam Wallentin is better known as one half of Scandinavian pop duo Wildbirds And Peacedrums. Here she ventures out on her own, creating a positive and forceful song with her powerful vocals. Prins Thomas cooks up intoxicating rhythms and a heady brew. The result is reminiscent of DFA’s The Gossip in fine fettle. https://soundcloud.com/prinsthomas/mariam-the-believer-invisible
21 (20) SEALINGS – MY BOYFRIEND’S DEAD – TOO PURE SINGLES CLUB
Brighton three piece with a heavy pounding lament that just gets more and more intense until it feels like your bones are going to snap. Comes backed with the lighter but still satanic Hey Bernice. https://soundcloud.com/too-pure-singles-club/sealings-my-boyfriends-dead-1
22 (24) BOOGARINS – AS PLANTAS QUE CURAM – OTHER MUSIC
Brazilian duo wigging out on psychedelic prog rock with an authentic late 60’s early 70’s feel. The granddad t-shirt and velvet trousers revival starts here.
23 (NEW) VARIOUS ARTISTS – KITSUNE MAISON 15 – KITSUNE
Another fine instalment from the cutting edge Parisian label, showcasing 15 new artists and bands that are causing a bit of a stir. http://youtu.be/tnfwgGGRjIA
24 (23) LAKI MERA – ALL I HAVE – JUST MUSIC
The second single to be lifted from the Glaswegian Trio’s critically acclaimed sophomore LP Turn All Memory To White Noise, is an intricate mix of electronica, folk and pop, with waves of melancholy and euphoria, that works a treat on the radio as well as the dancefloor. Comes with a couple of good house mixes from No Ceremony//// and Mculo. https://soundcloud.com/justmusiclabel/laki-mera-all-i-have-album
25 (19) STUBBORN HEART – PENETRATE / NIGHTHAWKS – ONE LITTLE INDIAN
The UK duo return with another ethereal floater, hovering over futuristic urban rhythms. Walter Ego, Leo Invisible and Stubborn Heart themselves deliver a nice set of remixes. Plus it comes with the excellent Nighthawks. http://youtu.be/ngAaZku8ono http://youtu.be/QEL8kI3ZTPo
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