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Moses McHunu – Qhwahilahle (1985)

January 4, 2013 1 comment

In the mid 1980s, Earthworks Records released a series of fantastic LPs documenting “The Indestructible Beat of Soweto” from South Africa. All of the LPs/CDs are fantastic but this track was always my favourite. The song was released in 1985 but the sleevenotes suggest the track was recorded sometime between 1981 and 1984.

A wonderful circular guitar pattern, killer violin and soaring vocals.

Afraid I don’t know what all the lyrics mean but the title translates as “Leave Him Alone” and the CD booklet describes the content thus:

Just imagine you are the only one of your age group who is not

Married and your peers are jealous of your girlfriends ……

Some useful information about Moses can be found at this link:

http://electricjive.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/moses-mchunus-indestructable-beat-1975.html

Various - The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto

Redcell (aka B12) – Solitude (1996)

January 2, 2013 3 comments

B12 were one of THE great ambient techno bands of the early 1990s and were one of the leading British contributions to the “second wave” of Detroit techno whose leading lights included Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Octave One and Underground Resistance.

This is a really obscure track that was originally released on a vinyl promo in 1996 but which didn’t get an official release until 2007 when it appeared on B12’s Practopia EP. Subsequently, it was released on CD on Volume 7 of the wonderful “B12 Records Archive” series.

Wonderfully mournful, minimal techno …

 

Evans Pyramid – Never Gonna Leave You (1978)

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve always been a sucker for a killer funk/disco guitar line and I have piles of CDs (compact discs for younger readers) that chart huge numbers of  the great underground and overground disco/funk track released in the 1970s.

However, I had never heard this until an hour ago and, already, it has qualified as one of the best records of all time! Killer guitar, great melody and a relentless groove …. the soundtrack for New Year’s Eve.

I stumbled upon the track after reading the following review of the Evans Pyramid compilation album (check here) in the new issue of Mojo magazine (this is the full extract) …

Taking lessons from Dyke and the Blazers. The Delfonics and Isaac Hayes, with whom he pkayed. Andre Evans made out-of-this-world sounding cosmic disco and boogie funk. This collects everything he did as Evans Pyramid.

With the CD now ordered, the only other piece of information I can add is this brief extract from the liner notes:

In 1978 a difficult breakup led to the creation of one of the most monumental songs in Andre’s career. Soon after splitting with his long-term girlfriend, while listening to Marvin Gaye’s music and drinking a few too many glasses of wine, Andre sat down and wrote “Never Gonna Leave You.” Returning to the studio a short while later, the instrumentation turned out to be a masterpiece.

As always, Youtube provides the soundtrack.

Julian Jonah – Jealousy and Lies (1988)

November 19, 2012 Leave a comment

While Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard, Frankie Knuckles, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May were inventing the genius of Chicago House and Detroit Techno, folk back in the UK were not just twiddling their thumbs.

Re-stumbled upon this in the car this lunchtime and can’t get it out of my head. A perfect record.

Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove (1978)

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Spent an hour or so this afternoon watching the “a little less than inspiring” Ed Miliband use the phrase “one nation” more frequently than Kenneth Williams allegedly used the phrase “ooh, matron” in the entire Carry On canon. Though, according to the interweb, Mr Williams, nor anyone else, ever actually used the phrase at all ….

Which got me to “a thinking” that the greatest purveyor of the case for One Nation anything was not Miliband, Heath or Disraeli but, actually, George Clinton and the wonderful Funkadelic.

Taken from the 1978 LP of the same name, One Nation Under A Groove is a classic piece of hardnosed funk that just gets better with the passage of time. This is the alternative sound of disco in 1978!

LP version, 12″ remix and then a scratchy live version from 1979!

Justice vs Simian – Never Be Alone (2003)

August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Always loved this record since hearing it on Volume 12 of the Disco Pogo for Punks in Pumps CDs given away with Jockey Slut magazine in the early 2000s.

One of the best releases on DJ Hell’s International Deejay Gigolos Records label.

Posted today as this was the soundtrack at the Olympic Stadium last night following Usain Bolt’s wonderful 100m victory. Remarkable atmosphere in the stadium!

A short video and then the full version of the track.

New Order – The Perfect Kiss (1985) (Fac 321)

July 26, 2012 1 comment

Absolute pop music perfection. If this was the soundtrack to my last 10 minutes on earth, I would die a happy man.

A stunning single and LP track from the stellar “Low-Life”.

The stamp of immortality was bestowed on the record by the video that accompanied the release.

I remember seeing this as one of the trailers to the art-house shenanigans at the recently opened Cornerhouse in Manchester in late 1985 . Along with Betty Blue, I recall this as the finest cinematic experience of its time!

From 6:30, when the cowbell comes in (no, really), the music transcends all space and time to hit the highest of all highs.

The extended video and the LP version in case the video disappears!

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