Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Since I haven’t been blogging a great deal of late – until yesterday’s uncharacteristic burst of activity anyway – I haven’t had a chance to share any recent obsessions in full. For which you should be very thankful. So instead here’s a list of stuff, in no order and to no pattern or logic, old and new, that I haven’t been able to escape:

Kovert – Soundboy / Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation Who Bought Most Shoes & You’ll Get What You Deserve / OV Wright – Everybody Knows (The Mississippi River Song) / Country Got Soul Volumes I & II / Half Pint – Mr Landlord / Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis / Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Like Bad News / Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Funeral For A Friend / Glenn Branca – Ascension / Rhythm & Sound – King In My Empire / Jacques Dutronc – Le Meilleur / Thee Headcoatees – Best Of / John Prine & Iris Dement – In Spite Of Ourselves / Gogol Bordello – Multi Kontra Kulti / Bill Murray – More Than This (hidden track on the Lost In Translation soundtrack) / Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart – Bomba /

And most importantly Martha & The Vandellas – Heatwave. Over and over and over.

The finest pop song ever. The first few seconds of the vocal are just sheer joy distilled. A friend of mine works for the MCPS or PRS, I forget which, and they organised a post-Ivor Novello awards champagne reception which Holland / Dozier / Holland attended. So he got to stand round a piano while the old fellas tried to remember how to play what must be about the greatest canon of work in popular music.

I’d have probably wept. Or soiled myself.

“Holland and Holland and Lamont Dozier too, are here to make it all OK with you”.

And since I’m in list mode, here’s my latest shopping haul:

Beenie Man - King Of The Dancehall
Various Studio One - Nice Up The Dance (not the Soul Jazz one, but an old set of extended Studio One discomixes)
3 of a Kind – Babycakes (so sue me!)
Various – The Definitive Electro & Hip Hop Collection. (which definitely isn’t definitive but a double CD for a tenner – which includes both Cybotron AND Amityville (House On The Hill) is too good to pass up)
Various – Summer Riddims 2004 (shonky Warners comp but some good tunes)
Various - Country Got Soul II
Sounds From the Ground 12"
Earl Zinger - Attack of the Pirate DJs (total pony!)
a Top Shottas bootleg remixes 12” Super Cat – Boops 7”
Tenor Saw - Pumpkin Belly 7”
Wall of Sound – Two Cultures Clash (fairly flawed but a few decent tracks)
Super T/Jah Batta - West Bound Train/Style & Fashion (Wackies 10")
Cornell Campbell - Natty Dread In a Greenwich Farm (7")
Super Cat - Don Dada (7")
Tiger - Bam Bam (Jammys 7")
Lloyd Parks - Mafia (Pressure Sounds reissue)
Ijahman Levi - I Am A Levi (12")

So now I’m completely skint….

posted by dubversion at 10:20 am

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