This month Andy has lovingly chosen some new songs for our September for our playlist. Unfortunately he’s on holiday. Not so much a physical holiday, but a holiday from writing the deranged and untrustworthy eyewitness accounts of his own past that he usually festoons upon this site. He’s hung a ‘back in 5 minutes’ sign upon his own brain and it’s down to me to write something about some of the wonders this month...
We love a music podcast! In addition to the superb Dancing About Architecture podcast which we host on Beat Rehab, we also heartily suggest you listen to Pop, Collaborate and Listen or PCL as we shall henceforth call it here to save precious seconds. PCL is two straight white guys talking about musi… no come back! This is one of the really good ones! PCL is two friends - DJ/publican Krister and comedian Dave Fensome. They are listening to every UK number one album of the 90s and dedicating an episode to each. Whether they are talking about albums they love, hate or are ambivalent about, they never fail to be funny and, importantly, insightful. These boys know their stuff which is the secret ingredient and lets it rise above the others.
This Therapy Session sees Si Badvibes vomiting neon into your ears. Starting with the unnerving Forever Dilating Eye (from the soundtrack to psychedelic horror Beyond the Black Rainbow), this playlist mixes 80s artifacts full of bleeping synths, out-and-out fraudulent 80s synthscapes, and other tunes that want you want to dance with replicants with unknown motivations.
Every month, we update our playlist with a new set of songs for the month, before starting again the following month. Andy takes time off from limping around Brighton licking the faces of strangers to write some words to give you a flavour of what to expect.
Every month, we update our playlist with a new set of songs for the month, before starting again the following month. We also ask Andy to write about it. Well, we remind Andy to write about it. We don’t think he actually enjoys writing about it.
Between 1998 and 2003 there was nothing cooler than nu skool breaks. While The Prodigy were confirmed MIA apart from their generally scorned and maligned assault-metaphor-ridden ‘Baby’s Got A Temper’, and platinum blonde extensions were clogging up the motors of every 2-step garage DJ’s Technics, a new electronic genre was bubbling up from the underground. Nu Skool Breaks was the bastard child of techno and big-beat, using electronic textures, syncopated beats, squelchy synths, and classic vocal samples to create an entirely new sound. But it wasn’t to last. Whatever happened to Nu Skool Breaks?
This Therapy Session is the debut from Mint Condition and is not so much a playlist as the greatest musical ever made. It follows the story of Scott Wrangler. It is the mid 1980s, Scott is 38 years old, with a paunch and a tightly pulled back ponytail that does little to hide his bald spot and everything to announce his value to local cocaine dealers. Scott lives in LA and is a movie star agent firmly on the descendent, grappling with a changing world, and an increasing feeling of rapidly approaching irrelevance.
Sad news from our European brethren. Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi, part of French house mainstays Cassius, tragically passed away in Paris this week. It comes at an especially unfortunate time with Cassius’ fifth album ‘Dreems’ dropping today, and tonight's sold out comeback concert at the Olympia having to be scrapped.
Temporary Fandoms is a wonderful Facebook group where members listen to entire artist discographies one album per day and the group discuss them, thus making the members ‘temporary fans’ of the artist in question. They have recently listened to the catalogue of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Captain’s highly regarded Trout Mask Replica, we asked Temporary Fandoms founder, Nick Hilditch, to talk about the album, its mythology, what it means to him and why you should hear it.