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Vin Gordon – Riding For A Fall (early 1970s)

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

I first heard this 30 minutes ago and it’s been on repeat play since then! And now it’s been elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

A quite stunning take on John Holt’s classic “Riding for a Fall” features Vin Gordon overlaying possibly the finest trombone playing I have ever heard (really!) on an already wonderful record.

Produced by Bunny Lee and appearing on another impeccable Pressure Sounds release Tape Rolling!

Perfect reggae!

This Mortal Coil – Meniscus (1986)

Beautiful, short, guitar and synth instrumental from the band that brought you the defining cover version of Tim Buckley’s extraordinary “Song to the Siren”.

This is taken from their second LP Filigree & Shadow which was released in 1986 on 4AD records.

As Discogs tell us:

This Mortal Coil was a 4AD “supergroup” of sorts that recorded three albums and a few other tracks between 1983 and 1991.

The only official members of the project were 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell and well-known producer John Fryer, but many other vocalists and musicians from 4AD (and non-4AD) groups such as Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Dif Juz, Colourbox, The Wolfgang Press, Cindytalk, Breathless and more were involved at various points in the project’s lifespan.

Two and a half minutes of perfection. If only it were longer!

 

Monolake – Terminal (1999)

Well that hasn’t happened before! I fell in love with “Tangent II” from Monolake’s Interstate LP so much that I elevated it immediately to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime. However, it turns out that it is not even the best track on the album!

As such, for the first time ever, I’m posting two tracks from the same LP on the same afternoon!

This is gorgeous. Gossamer like; it sometimes hardly seems to exist at all but the almost King Tubby-esque percussion just keeps it moving along until the synth washes over the track and perfection is achieved!

Monolake – Tangent II (1999)

Having spent the morning sorting out my 600+ reggae CDs (I know how to live …), I’ve decided to settle down and work my way through the classic minimal dub techno CDs released on Chain Reaction, Basic Channel and related imprints!

Six tracks into Monolake’s monumental Interstate album and I am honour bound to elevate “Tangent II” to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime; a complete gem.

Interstate was Berlin based Monolake’s second LP and the follow-up to their monumental debut, Hong Kong which came out a couple of years earlier in a very fetching (and now pricey) metal tin!

Dub, glitch and funk coincide to devastating hypnotic effect; the best way to fill 9 and a half minutes today!

 

Luke Slater – Expectation No.1 (1993)

Working my way through my techno collection on a Bank Holiday morning and stumbled upon this gem as the last track on Luke Slater’s excellent 92-94 CD compilation.

Hailing from Reading in Berkshire (not exactly Detroit or Berlin methinks …..!), Luke Slater has been one of the UK’s most influential techno producers, particularly under his Planetary Assault Systems moniker.

Perfect, loping, ambient techno whose only fault is that it isn’t twice the length!

Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited – Shumba (1981)

September 2, 2016 Leave a comment

This is a staggering record – relentless cyclical guitar and bass, beautiful intertwining melodies and Mapfumo on top form with his socially conscious lyrics.

Thomas Mapfumo is widely regarded as Zimbabwe’s greatest and best known artist. He invented and popularized Chimurenga music – literally “struggle” in Shona – which was often overtly political. In addition to his modern incarnation of traditional music, his lyrics were sung in Shona. In the late 1970s singing in Shona instead of English was a political statement in and of itself. In Mapfumo’s case, it was specifically critical of the white ruling class of Rhodesia. The government, underestimating his popularity, eventually banned his records and imprisoned Mapfumo without charges in 1979. After a series of large protests demanding his release, he was set free three months later.

Though he initially celebrated the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980, he became increasingly disillusioned with the regime of Robert Mugabe.

Shumba (or Lion) was a particularly popular song during the fight for liberation and is a cautionary tale warning of spies in the midst …

Do not talk of secret issues or give information in public

Informers are everywhere.

A perfect record

Neu! – Leb’ Wohl (1975)

August 29, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m struggling to understand why it has taken me so long to post anything by the incomparable Neu! on this blog. No matter, an omission now rectified.

Alongside Kraftwerk and Can, Neu! are my favourites among the wonderful Krautrock genre of the 1970s.

I “re-stumbled” upon this song today while listening to the four CD set “Who’s That Man. A Tribute To Conny Plank” – Conny Plank was the engineer on all Neu!’s LPs and also on numerous other classics by Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, etc. This track is taken from Neu’s third LP “Neu! ’75

This is a beautiful piano based song which, until recently, I might have considered as a potential candidate for part of the soundtrack for my funeral … However, having recently started to work my way through Michel de Montaigne’s Essays (written in the 16th century), I have been persuaded that specifying the desired details of my funeral would be a pointless and egotistical imposition and burden on those who live on. Thus, the great essayist quotes Saint Augustine:

The arranging of funerals, the conditions of burials, the pomp of obsequies, are rather a consolation for the living than any help to the dead”

Anyway, a perfect record!

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