bhoywonder wrote:Sorry it’s a day late, I somehow thought there were 31 days in September! Fool that I am. My other excuse is that I meant to get it done before going on holiday but was so busy with work I just failed. Thanks for being patient and here’s to it:
1. tight wee reggae opener. Very solid, great groove, passionate singing, yeah, nice. I’d like more of this for sure.
Ras Michael and the Sons Of Negus with Mr Brown. Track 1 side 2 of the mighty Rastafari lp. One of my very favourite reggae artists.
2. Solid funker next. Nice elements throughout, but maybe a wee bit clean for me to listen to much of it. Still, it’s a fine track, although it goes on a bit.
Ivan Nevilles modern funk band Dumpstaphunk with Standin' In Your Stuff. From This years Everybody Want Some.
3. 70s motown, possibly even late tempts or four tops, but I certainly don’t recognise it. Nice and slick, but perhaps a bit too slick for me. The orchestration swamps it a little, and perhaps is covering up that the song itself isn’t the strongest, but that’s only a minor criticism, it’s essentially cool.
The Mad Lads with a track called Gone! Promises Of Yesterday. From the 1973 lp New Beginnings on the Volt label
4. This is excellent. Really brilliant track. It’s a great version of don’t let the devil ride. Sounds to me like it could be the Fairfield four, from the lead vocal, but the guitar sounds more Memphis than Nashville. I’ll be buying whatever album this comes from for sure.
Its The Mississippi Nightingales taken from their first self-titled lp on Hub City 1974. Its also available on the totally essential Fire In My Bones raw/rare and otherwordly African American Gospel 1944 - 2007.
5. Sweet cut, 60s girl singer, some of the arrangement is very Dusty, but it’s certainly not her singing. Really like this one too. I love this sort of thing.
The Dar-lettes with Lost. Taken off the ace comp Mirwood Soul Story on Ace, no less.
6. Nah, don’t dig this. It’s just quite annoying really. The strings loop is horrible, like nails on a blackboard, the production is clichéd – at best – and the vocal is bored. Next.
Dessa with Matches To Paper Dolls.
7. From the first note, it’s obviously a great cut. Sweet as honey, floaty piece of vocal harmony rocksteady version of hurts so good. Really like this one, yes thank you and very much too. It gives me shivers – in a good way!
Its the original Lee Perry production sung by the marvellous Susan Cadogan.
8. Slightly more rootsy, but still I think, rocksteady or ska. yes? I don’t know the styles of reggae so well, I’m quite a new reggae fan. Anyway, it’s another sure winner. I love this. Nice one.
Annette Clark with Sinner Man. Classic Upsetter again taken from the Rare Sevens Box Set On Trojan of course.
9. This one’s not really for me. It’s a modern blues, a bit worthy for me. Or maybe deliberate is a better word than worthy. It feels a little deliberate, unnatural. No thanks.
Willy Deville with Muddy Waters taken off the Crow Jane lp.
10. Exemplary southern/eastern European thing. Admirable, if not entirely easy, listening. The playing is superb and you have to admire them, even if you might not want to sit and listen to it much.
Klezmer baby! Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys. How to blend Bluegrass and Klezmer properly.
11. Great voice, very similar to Otis Redding. Almost identical in parts. The groove’s pretty hectic, isn’t it? That bass is all over the place while the drums are very jazzy. Pretty decent song, if a little dizzying!
Little Ron Johnson with I Keep Telling You. 1967 b-side to Steam Roller on Hard Times records. I only know of one other 7" release in the early 60's.
12. Acoustic version of The Blood by the Cure. Great band, great song, great version. Always puts me in mind of Kafka, for some reason.
Thought you might enjoy this one as I knew the last track would wind you up something chronic.
13. I kind of don’t mind this and hate it at the same time. There are bits I really like, but the whole is just a bit annoying to me. A bit like Black grape.
Black Grape my arse. Its UK hip-hop legend Rodney P with his biggest hit The Nice Up.
14. Dreadful track. Appalling, almost beyond words how terrible it is. The lyrics are not worthy of a grown-up and the music is the most formulaic shit imaginable. A baffling choice.
Not really baffling when you know who compiled this mix
Cee Lo with Fuck You.
So all told, an excellent mix, with a couple of very obvious exceptions. Really looking forward to the reveal as I think some of this must rank among the best stuff I’ve had in 2 or 3 years of mix clubbing.
Ha ha! Fooled you. I did post it from Huddersfield to keep up the ruse. I thought a full on Hardcore jobbie would give the game away.
I enjoyed making it for you bud.
1. Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus - Mr Brown
2. Dumpstaphunk - Standin' In Your Stuff
3. The Mad Lads - Gone! Promises Of Yesterday
4. Mississippi Nightingales - Don't Let Him Ride
5. The Dar-lettes - Lost
6. Dessa - Matches To Paper Dolls
7. Susan Cadogan - Hurt So God
8. Anette Clark - Sinner Man
9. Willy Deville - Muddy Waters
10. Margot Leverett - Oy Tate S'il Gut
11. Little Ron Johnson - I Keep Tellin' You
12. The Cure - The Blood
13. Rodney P - The Nice Up
14. Cee-Lo Green - Fuck You.