After SA’s post on N Trance last week. I have been listening to my very limited collection of Piano House and Happy Hardcore. I’m not sure that listening to this music made me smile as much back in the day as it has over the past week but I have enjoyed listening to the likes of Acen, Skin Up and some of the early XL records. The young guy Simon who lived across the street from me back then kept bringing over tunes to let me hear and one of the few that I liked enough to buy had disco and Woodstock samples and was the work of Danny Breaks.
Far Out sounds a little dated these days but it did make me smile .
Have a good weekend people.
Son’z Of Loop Da Loop Era – Far Out
I’m off to Belfast for a couple of days. So here is a rather upbeat piece of surf rock recorded back in 1964 and released on Cleopatra records and that is all I know about it.
The Centuries – Jack 23
Some days all you need is a bit of Bettye Swan. This comes from the Honest Jons compilation from a few years ago which should be an essential cd in everyone’s collection.
Bettye Swan – Little Things Mean A Lot
Another excellent track from the Date label. I don’t know that much about the Steelers apart from the fact that the vocal group consisted of the three Wells brothers, Wez, Alonzo and George along with Leonard Truss and F. Allen and hailed from Chicago. They had released singles on a couple of labels prior to the release of Get It From The Bottom which became a minor hit nationwide in the US and from there they went on to release a further couple of singles on Epic which bombed and as far as I know that was that. I really like this upbeat tune.
Apologies for the crackles, I really should replace my copy of this.
A bit of politics
I wasn’t going to mention this but fuck it. All you Londoners who are feeling smug and superior about not voting for Farage’s fascists in the local elections just remember you voted for that “nasty piece of work” and clown Johnson. At the time of typing the European election results have not been declared, however I am sure that Ukip will do absolutely nothing is Scotland but I don’t feel in the least superior, I do feel quite troubled that all over Europe various unsavoury parties are gaining seats. My main worry now is vote no in the Scottish referendum and by default end up out of Europe in 2017 if these election results are anything to go by or vote yes for an independent nation and hope that we will be welcomed into the EU.
The Steelers – Get It From The Bottom
You will be surprised to read that for the second week in a row there is some! But I will have to be brief. Got friends coming for dinner it is now past midday, still haven’t worked out what to cook and the house is a tip!
Here’s the PR
Young Braves return with their second single “Black Country”. As with their previous single “Youth”,
“Black Country” showcases the maturity and talent that is beyond the years of these teenagers.
In between studying for their “A” Levels, the band opened the OMG! Festival at the O2 arena in
Birmingham, to an audience of 10,000 teenagers. The band will be playing local gig dates across the
Young Braves are formidable and determined. Formed in the summer of 2013 in Shropshire, this Indie
band (previously Arcade Parade), consists of Ollie Scott (lead vocals/guitar), Jakob Ferguson (lead
guitar/synth), Elliot Scott (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Dan Byrne (drums/backing vocals).
The band are building a sterling CV with plays on “BBC Introducing” and local BBC Radio, winning
“Shropshires Next Big Thing” in 2012 (as previous incarnation Arcade Parade) as well as a plethora of
local gigs and shows. An EP is due to be released in June/July 2014.
Bruno Sanchioni and Guiseppe Chierchia are responsible, indirectly maybe, but responsible none the less for a lot of crimes against music; as if it hadn’t been for them then that heinous form of music known as trance would not exist, well it probably would still have evolved to become the monster it did but these two helped no end when they recorded and released Age Of Love in 1990. Don’t get me wrong I love this track and it doesn’t seem to have dated as badly as much of the dross that came out later which was tagged as trance. It was originally released in Belgium , France and Germany and available in the UK on import. It would be a further two years before it would get a proper full UK release on REACT complete with Jam and Spoon remixes. The version posted is the Boeing mix from the original release.
Here’s an interesting fact, or maybe not, the female spoken vocal element comes courtesy of former Dutch supermodel Karen Mulder.
Have a good weekend people.
Age of Love – Age of Love
I am a bit of a sucker for a good re-edit and they don’t come much better than those produced by the Antipodean DJ, Late Night Tough Guy. Today’s track comes from his RSD 2014 three track ep where he reconstructs the sounds of Sylvester, Donna Summer and Brandi & Monica, giving them a new lease of life for today’s dancefloors.
I love the way he’s slowed down Summer’s huge 1975 hit Love To Love you and turned it into a sleazy chugger of a track, great stuff. The Brandi and Monica track has been given an acid line and a similar tempo. However, if I had to pick a standout track it would be Make Me Feel, where he does the impossible and makes Sylvester’ You Make Me Feel even more dance floor friendly than it was originally by looping and extending the track to epic proportions.
LNTG – Make Me Feel
Tara Priya is an artist I stumbled upon a while ago when I heard the track Rollin’ somewhere. Next step was to the internet and try and source the song. It turned out to be the lead track from the singer’s eponymously titled second release, a six track ep of Motown inspired soul which was available on import as it was only available in the States. After further digging I found out that in 2010 she had released an album only available in Japan where she has subsequently become very popular. Earlier this year I got my hands on her latest release “Who You Do” on 7″ another import this time from Germany and on the flip side is Rollin’. There have been the inevitable comparisons with Amy Winehouse and Duffy to me she is more akin to Jasmine Kara who has featured here before. Whoever she sounds like, in my book there is more than enough room for somebody with a voice like hers singing songs like the two featured here. I am sure I read recently that she was releasing a new album although at the moment I cannot find the details anywhere.
Tara Priya – Rollin’
And here is the video for the recent single.
I was listening to this track at the weekend and thought that I should post it and then I realised that I already had, nearly four years ago so I think that a further airing is justified.
Here’s what I wrote back then
The only positive thing that I can find in the weekly air travel that I am currently doing is that I get to listen to lots of music. It gives me time to listen without interruption and fully to the latest releases that I’ve purchased or sometimes to just what is thrown up when the iPod is on shuffle.
This week the shuffle picked a song by Ike and Tina Turner that I don’t think that I have ever heard before or if I have I never took much notice of it, although I must have had the track for at least ten years.
Tina Turner always conjures up negative connotations for me. When the name is mentioned I think of big hair, the terrible end to the Mad Max series of films but above all one side of the auld firm due to their appropriation of that terrible symbol of all that went wrong with soul music in the 80’s, Simply The Best.
However, when you look back to the stuff that she produced in the 60s and 70’s on the Sue label with her then husband and all round bad bastard Ike it is rather good soul music and she did have a great voice.
The track which came up on shuffle was one of the tracks that the Turners recorded during the sessions with Phil Spector which produced River Deep – Mountain High.
A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knockin’ Everyday) was recorded in 1966 and was released on Phillies Records, the 135th release on the label. It is full of the bombast and wall of sound that you would expect from a Spector production. My copy is on the 4 cd boxset Back To Mono which is the definitive compilation of the convicted murder’s work.
Ike and Tina Turner – A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knockin’ Everyday)