Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
This stunning arms-aloft anthem is taken from the latest album from indie legends James. 'The Girl At The End Of The World' was released in March and entered the UK charts at number 2, and came very close to knocking Adele's '25' off the number one spot. James were actually number one in the midweek charts during the album's first week of release, 2,000 sales ahead of Adele.
Another classic album that turns 20 years old in 2016 is the debut full-length from The Bluetones. 'Expecting To Fly' was released in February 1996, and managed to knock Oasis's mammoth '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' off the number 1 spot in the UK album charts, and ended up going platinum. From it, here is the wonderful 'Bluetonic'. After splitting up a few years ago, the band didn't take long to reunite for more gigs. A review of frontman Mark Morriss's solo album 'A Flash Of Darkness' can be found HERE, and photos of Morriss from 2012 can be found HERE.
Monday, 16 May 2016
Featuring a video that suggests a strange hybrid of 'The Wicker Man' and 'Trumpton', Radiohead's recent single 'Burn The Witch' can be found on the rather brilliant new album 'A Moon Shaped Pool'. The LP went straight to number 1, shifting over 50,000 units despite only being available as a download at the moment. The vinyl and CD versions of the album are released on June 17.
Today (May 16) marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Beach Boys album 'Pet Sounds'. Way ahead of its time, the album wasn't a great commercial or critical success on its initial release, but over the years has become regarded as one of the all-time classics. Fro it here is the incredible 'God Only Knows', which features the late Carl Wilson on lead vocals.
Thursday, 12 May 2016
As 2016 goes on we continue to lose more of our musical legends. Prince died aged 59 a few weeks ago, and a tribute post will follow soon on this site, for now here's a live version of this writer's favourite track from The Purple One. 'Raspberry Beret' can be found on the 1985 album 'Around The World In A Day'. A couple of years ago two of my fellow DJs at Melksham Town Sound were broadcasting a 3 hour marathon dedicated to the great man, where they played some of their favourite Prince tracks and discussed their love for the man's music. Cameron Bianchi and Joe Barter's Prince Xtravaganza can be heard in full on Mixcloud HERE.
Thursday, 3 March 2016
Yes, it's that same guy who's best known for 'Me And Mrs Jones'. But up until very recently I didn't realise they were both the same person. Another track from one of my all-time favourite various artist compilations, 'Stand Up And Be Counted', a collection of essential tracks that summed up the Black Panther movement in the 60's. The song was originally released on Billy Paul's 1971 album 'Going East'.