December 17, 2015
Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers (1977)
This is the first studio album recorded by London Punk band The Stranglers. I’ve been listening to it a lot recently. Hard to believe it was produced in only one week by Martin Rushent (Buzzcocks, Human League). These days I feel like albums take forever to make.
This video of The Stranglers on TopPop is amazing, especially when the air drumming comes in. I think their keyboard player is the only one taking this seriously.
December 16, 2015
Gary Numan – Replicas (1979)
This is an album I’ve adored for quite sometime now, although I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here. I love Gary Numan, and this is my favorite album of his, although it’s technically released as Tubeway Army and before Gary began releasing his own solo records. (Pleasure Principle & Telekon are also freakin’ amazing). There’s something about solely using synths, live percussion and bass that I absolutely love. The use of the Polymoog is really awesome too, a synth from the 1970’s and one of Moog’s early Polyphonic synthesizers (there aren’t many Moog varieties that are polyphonic). I actually really want one badly! “Down in the Park”, “Are Friends Electric?”, “I’m Praying to The Aliens” are all classics.
May 29, 2015
Wooden Shijps – Contact (2009)
I once posted about Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg’s song “Contact” way back in 2010! I recently discovered this cover version by Wooden Shijps. Pretty contented by the fact that their is a droning, psychedelic version of this song out there. The b-side to the single is “I Hear The Vibrations” which is also worth a listen.
May 24, 2015
O.V. Wright – A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace Of Spades (1971)
O.V. Wright hails from Tennessee and is regarded as one of Southern Soul’s most authoritative and individual artists. He started as the lead singer for numerous gospel groups before being discovered by Roosevelt Jamison, who helped Wright to record That’s How Strong My Love is (which was later covered by Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones). Anyway, I started listening to A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace of Spades somewhat randomly after looking up similar artists to Lee Moses (see post below). It was recorded with the legendary Willie Mitchell in Memphis, and is an absolutely amazing record to listen to, especially on a lazy Sunday like today.
May 24, 2015
Lee Moses – Time and Place (1971)
A friend recently showed me this record by Lee Moses. I was blown away. There is so much raw emotion behind Lee’s lyrics that it’s difficult not to wonder why more people don’t know about him. You really feel like you are there with him going through whatever he’s going through while he’s singin’ his words. Lee Moses, from Atlanta, is probably one of the best kept secrets in Deep Soul. This record Time and Place is something everybody should listen to at least once (but I promise you’ll listen to it more than that..) The title track ‘Time and Place’ is my favorite, along with ‘Free at Last’.
February 4, 2015
Nepa (Never Expect Power Always) – Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 (1984)
Recently came across Tony Allen‘s “Nepa (Never Expect Power Always)” record. The title track is amazing and a definite gem. If you’re unfamiliar with Tony’s name, you might recognize his drumming from Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70 band. Brian Eno states that Tony Allen is “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived.”
Expensive Shit – Fela Kuti & Africa ’70 (1975)
Mentioning Fela, I thought I’d post something he recorded with Africa ’70 and Allen’s drumming. The 12th studio album by Fela Kuti Expensive Shit is an amazing record, and well worth a thorough listen.
January 30, 2015
Mustafa Ozkent – Gençlik Ile Elele (1973)
One of my favorite pastimes is browsing Discogs and discovering new music. I decided at random to look up “The Sound of Wonder” just to find similar releases. (if you don’t know about this fantastic Pakistani compilation, you have to check it out. In fact I’ve posted about it before) While I was doing that, I stumbled upon prog-psych artist Mustafa Ozkent’s album Gençlik Ile Elele. It’s so awesome! Turkish psychedelic / experimental funk. Who doesn’t love that? Originally released in 1973, the vinyl LP is out of stock on Finder’s Keepers records who reissued it, but I’m sure you can find it on eBay…
The album was the first stereoisomeric duel channel recording in Turkey.