Here’s this week’s hour long BBC Kent radio show rounding up the best new releases & reissues. – available to Listen Again on the BBC iPlayer until 7th November
Black Night – Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Sleep Easy – Sam Evian
Henfight – Itasca
In The Presence of Namaqua – Henry Senior Jr.
Stanya Street – Nick Waterhouse
For No One -Maceo & All The King’s Men
Early Morning Rain – Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Remember Me (feat. Kathy Mattes) – John Prine
That’s How Were Living – Jeb Loy Nichols
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
Things We Do For Love – David Crosby
In Tiburon – Van Morrison
Howlin’ Wind – Graham Parker & The Rumour
Welcome to this week’s show as broadcast on BBC Radio Kent, Listen Again on the BBCiPlayer here. Available until midnight Saturday night (12th July). Enjoy.
++ My Friend the Sun – Family ++ Sunday Reverie- Emma Tricca ++ As Long As I’ve Got You (Demo) – The Emotions ++ Dolly and Porter – Alexis Taylor ++ Always, Always – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton ++ Bad Habit – The Secret Sisters ++ Death Defying Acts – Angus & Julia Stone ++ Blabbermouth – Remember Remember ++ It’s Instrumental To Be Free – The 8th Day ++ Sparkle Up – The High Llamas ++ There Are No Words – Todd Rundgren ++ The Specter – The Besnard Lakes ++ It Brings Me Down – Billy Nicholls ++ Romantic Attitudes (S.T.S. Edit) – John Fitch & Associates ++ Ozel’s Dance Routine – Ôzel Turkbas ++ Attics of My Life – Grateful Dead ++ Train Song – Pentangle ++ I Didn’t Have Any Summer Romance – Simone White ++ It’s Not the Spotlight – Beth Orton ++ Only You Know (Dion Cover) – Arctic Monkeys ++ Porpoise Song – Django Django ++ Goin’ Back (stripped down version) – Dusty Springfield ++ I Was Not Born to Follow – The Lemon Pipers ++ I Can’t Make It Alone – P.J. Proby ++ The Right To Cry – Erma Franklin ++ (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin ++ Georgy Porgy (Ed Zone Land Of Oz Re Edit) – Toto ++
Rather lovely mix of Brian Wilson/Beach Boys influenced tunes old & new put together by James Kemp. It’s a summer thing. Enjoy.
CORNELIUS – FANTASMA
APPLES IN STEREO – II. MORNING BREAKS (AND ROOSTERS COMPLAIN)
DR. DOG – MT. SLIPPERY
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – GUYS EYES
THE TOKENS – STEREO
THE SUPERIMPOSERS – THE BEACH (INSTRUMENTAL)
THE GIANT JELLYBEAN COPOUT – LOOK AT THE GIRLS
BULLION – TIME FOR US ALL TO LOVE
THE AVALANCHES – PABLO’S CRUISE
DINOSAUR JR – TAKE A RUN AT THE SUN
THE SUNRAYS – BETTER BE GOOD TO ME
DON & THE GOODTIMES – I COULD BE SO GOOD TO YOU
HARMONY GRASS – SUMMER DREAMING
THE HIGH LLAMAS – SPARKLE UP
PANDA BEAR – SURFER’S HYMN
THE BESNARD LAKES – THE SPECTER
WE ARE CATCHERS – WHERE ARE WE?
THE MORNING BENDERS – SLEEPING IN
MARK ERIC – MOVE WITH THE DAWN
BILLY NICHOLLS – IT BRINGS ME DOWN
PRIMAL SCREAM – INNER FLIGHT
TODD RUNDGREN – THERE ARE NO WORDS
GRIZZLY BEAR – REPRISE
THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE ALL – TUBA RYE & WILL’S SON
CHRIS RAINBOW – DEAR BRIAN
Welcome to this week’s show as broadcast on BBC Radio Kent, Listen Again on the BBCiPlayer here. Available until midnight Saturday night (17th April). Enjoy.
Get It Up for Love – Ned Doheny ++ I Can’t Give You More Than Everything – Colorama ++ Liberty (Is Where We’ll Be) – Gruff Rhys++ The Black Keys – Weight of Love ++ Black – The Mar-Keys++ Mighty Son Of Abraham – Pete Molinari ++ I Got My Shadows – The Delines ++ Bad Self Portraits – Lake Street Dive ++ Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt ++ Moving Away – Ken Boothe ++ Love Wont Come Easy – The Heptones ++ Me and You – Carlton & The Shoes ++ Atomic Bomb (Cover) – William Onyeabor & Hot Chip ++ Grace of God – The Rails ++ See Your Face – Starry Eyed & Laughing ++ Golden Ratio – Ben Watt ++ Rear View Mirror – Roddy Frame ++ I’m Gonna Leave ++ You – Melanie De Biasio ++ No More Disguise (feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani)- Thievery Corporation ++ Sky Swimming - Elephant ++ Bidin’ My Time – Black Diamond Heavies ++ Locked Down – Dr. John ++ Our Hearts Are Wrong – Jessica Lea Mayfield ++ Wanna Be On Your Mind – Valerie June ++ Hamadoun Toure – Toumani & Sidiki Diabate
Although soft rock never officially died and the term continues to maintain general application to various kinds of mellow, light rock still today, the style thrived in its purest form for about 10 years spanning most of the ’70s and the early years of the ’80s. Characterized by gentle, unimposing arrangements and lyrics focusing on love and romance, it soon mutated into AOR, & was the sort of music they played in Hi Fi stores to display the quality of the latest smoke topped music centers. These records “sounded” great for a reason they mostly featured “jazzers” – west coast jazz session men who brought their skills & precision to the fore on cuts. Also, a lot of money was floating around the record industry, & a lot of money was spent making these records. orchestras booked, overdubs played, guest vocalists brought in. And why? Because if you hit pay dirt & got a hit away the jackpot was HUGE. And, of course where there is the combination of money & fledgling rock stars there is Cocaine. It’s often pondered as to the effects of cocaine on music. Rumors abound that once suggested it can influence the frequency one hears at…..hence the high end sheen which seems to be present on so many of these recordings (plus some very OTT artwork).
I fucking love Soft Rock. Tapping into this musically source was one of the main inspirations for my Guilty Pleasures brand, the first two comp releases having a sprinkling of AOR cuts. So much of the new music I play within my weekly radio show reflects the influence of soft rock – Midlake, Haim, Gonzales, John Grant, Ariel Pink, Jonathan Wilson, Haim, Destroyer, Phoenix & of course Daft Punk. Then there’s the never ending source of edits,most of which can be found here, AOR Disco. And now, Berlin based DJ Marcus Liesenfeld has gone all the way & come up trumps with a stunning set “Too Slow To Disco”, within which he reveals the true gems in the crown. He explains, “As you know, once musical genres get old the best parts still shine through, and this collection is a delectable document of this forgotten phase of the mid-70s West Coast music world. We’ve unearthed some of the lesser-known but still beautiful mood music of this period, by people who were often still starting out, or would write their biggest hits years later, but who surfed the West Coast wave penning some total gems.”
This is the best compilation of the year so far. Here’s three choice cuts to get you excited.
Robbie Dupree – Steal Away
Alessi Brothers – Do You Feel It ?
Photoglo – Steal Away
This coming Saturday (12th April) sees me host a proper party for those old enough to know better. If like me you still enjoy the occasional night out, but have gotten a bit frustrated, because let’s face it you’ve reached an age where when you do go to a club you tend to look like a teacher standing in the corner at the school disco. Then this new night out is the night for you.
Music policy -I’ve spent a lifetime working with the “anything goes as long as it’s good” philosophy, so expect a mix bag of party tunes inspiring the older generation to get back up on the good foot (slowly), & give it one last hurrah!”
It’s being held at this stunning new central London venue The Basement @ London Edition. Designed by the man behind Studio 54, Ian Schrager. Amazing soundsystem, fantastic booze, & bloody nice loos too (these things matter).
Entrance is free, but by guest list only. Please email all names to firstname.lastname@example.org
LP of the week : Benji is the sixth studio album by American act Sun Kil Moon, and whilst it was released on 11 February 2014 it’s taken me this long to get a physical copy of it, and I love it. Self-produced by Mark Kozelek, the album shares its name with the 1974 film Benji, which is a kids movie about a really cute dog. Kozelek explains the inspiration, “I have this light, nice memory of going to see the movie Benji, at a Los Angeles movie theatre when I was a little kid, visiting my grandparents. This record is filled with so much darkness, I wanted to give it a light title, for contrast. Benji is a great movie, one of my favorites.
Much of the album’s lyrical content focuses upon mortality, I tried to work out the body count but gave up after the mass murder tune – Pray For A New Town, with Kozelek noting, “Things get heavier as you get older. At 47, I can’t write from the perspective of a 25-year-old anymore. My life has just changed too much and my environment around me. ”
For all the darkness this is an album of real beauty, Kozelek’s gift as a story teller is a real joy. Each tale keeps you hooked & intrigued with characters who are very damaged by life’s weary path.
Sun Kil Moon – I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love
7inch of the week : Debut single from new soul project, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats! ‘Look it Here’ is dirty soul stomper that sounds like a classic unreleased northern soul rarity, with all the needles bouncing up in the red.
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Look It Here
12inch of the week : Side A ‘Lucky Charm’ is kind of a track of two halves written and produced by Nick Mackrory, consisting of a two minute samba driven vocal intro, full of live instrumentation and featuring the live vocals of Harry Collier which has a lovely late 60′s Harpers Bizarre feel, before breaking down in to a deep hypnotic slow motion electronic groove. Side B takes things back down in to the dark basements. Only 300 vinyl copies have been pressed up.
Nick Mackrory feat. Harry Collier – Lucky Charm
Here’s an exclusive mix put together by Seahawks featuring their ‘sounds of paradise’….’when we get there we hope it sounds something like this’. The mix features alternative versions of tracks from their new album ‘Paradise Freaks’ (out on May 5th) along with sonic pearls from Deuter, Mick Karn, The Velvet Underground and others. Breathe in and go deep……….
Seahawks – Land of Shadows Dancing
Stephen Halpern – Seventh Chakra keynote B
Don Slepian – Awakening
Mick Karn – Weather The Windmill
Oneohtrix Point Never – Andro
Jurgen Muller – Beyond The Tube
Seahawks – Deepstar Dive
Emeralds – Now You See Me
Suzanne Ciani – Lixivation
Brain Machine – Massive Dying Stars Vibrating Like Giant Speakers
Sven Libaek – Peaceful Landscape
Jean Luc Ponty – Ethereal Mood
Seahawks – Soft Opening
Deuter – Meadows and Mystics
The Velvet Underground – New Age (Seahawks Wonder Valley Remix)
Seahawks – Sky Is You Too
Suzanne Ciani – Eighth Wave
Welcome to this week’s show as broadcast on BBC Radio Kent, Listen Again on the BBCiPlayer here. Available until midnight Saturday night (5th April).
I Don’t Know What You’ve Got But It’s Got Me – Little Richard ++ Dark Eyes – Dawn Landes & Bonnie “Prince” Billy ++ Rainy Day Women – Kočani Orkestar ++Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry) – Todd Terje ++ Under The Pressure – The War On Drugs ++ Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands ++Keep My Soul In Song – Jimi Goodwin ++ Where We Are? – We Are Catchers ++ I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Isaac Hayes ++ Reach Out For Me – Willie Tee ++Taking Chances – Sharon Van Etten ++ Rumour – Lyla Foy ++Raining Raining (feat. Ry Cooder) – The Haden Triplets ++ You and I – Spain ++ Seahawks – Land of Shadows Dancing ++Stephen Halpern – Seventh Chakra keynote B ++ Don Slepian – Awakening ++ Mick Karn – Weather The Windmill ++ Deuter – Meadows and Mystics ++The Velvet Underground – New Age ++ Seahawks – Sky Is You Too ++Suzanne Ciani – Eighth Wave ++ Gringo – Little Feat