Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Aphex Twin - 'minipops 67 [120.2] (source field mix)'

This excellent track is the opener from Aphex Twin's first album in 13 years, and as you'd expect, the word "bizarre" springs to mind. 'minipops 67 [120.2] (source field mix)' is notable for the lack of capital letters in its title, as are all the other tracks on 'Syro'. The previous Aphex Twin album, 'Drukqs, came out in 2001, but Richard D James has still been making and releasing music since. In 2005, he put out 11 EPs as part of his Analord series. And it's no secret that a couple of 2007 releases by an artist named the Tuss, on James' own Rephlex label, were in fact his work. Earlier this year, Aphex Twin's "lost" Caustic Window album finally saw the light of day after fans poured their money into a crowd-funding campaign. After realising that his music meant so much to people, James was inspired to release 'Syro', a collection of songs that he has been working on over a number of years. It went to number 8 in the UK album charts a few days ago. A full review of this extraordinary new LP can be found HERE at God Is In The TV.

REWIND: Levellers - 'Liberty Song'

It's Levellers week all this week on RW/FF, which means that today's 'Rewind' selection is another killer track from the Brighton legends. 

Like all of the songs featured throughout this week, this one can be found on the band's new Greatest Hits collection, which was released yesterday. Featuring all of their singles across 2 CDs and a collection of the promo videos on the accompanying DVD, it makes a great introduction to this most undervalued and unmistakably English group. 

From 1991's seminal 'Levelling The Land', here's the storming 'Liberty Song'. An interview that I did with Mark Chadwick is being published throughout the week on this site, and the first part can be found HERE.

The 'Greatest Hits' album is available as a 2CD/DVD package, and a 149 track digital box set. Buy yours HEREIn support of the album, the band will embark on a UK tour with support from the brilliant She Makes War, and ska legends The Selector.

NOV 11 Nottingham Rock City
NOV 12 Bristol o2 Academy
NOV 13 London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire
NOV 14 Birmingham o2 Academy o2 Academy
NOV 15 Norwich UEA
NOV 16 Portsmouth Guildhall
NOV 18 Wrexham William Aston Hall
NOV 19 Newcastle o2 Academy
NOV 20 Sheffield o2 Academy
NOV 21 Glasgow o2 ABC
NOV 22 Manchester Academy

Monday, 29 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Early Ghost - 'Everything Goes With It'

Serving up a daily dose of new music, the Track Of The Day on RW/FF is always worth checking out. Today's comes from the UK based sextet Early Ghost. Blending 60s psychedelic pop, tranquil shades of folk, and hazy surf vibes, the excellent 'Everything Goes With It' was released today as a digital download and as a limited edition cassette tape. The single precedes a forthcoming EP, which is due out later in the year. A press release states: "Made up of members hailing from both Brighton and London, Early Ghost have built up a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of Brighton's fledging neo-psych scene. Coming together over a shared love of The Doors, Early Ghost's unique sound sits somewhere squarely between the garage-driven psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators and the Californian surf of The Growlers... With a wide array of instrumentation that includes both brass and banjos, Early Ghost may be helping pioneer the UK post-psych scene, however the vast range of sounds afforded to the expansive band has made them stand out amongst their peers."

REWIND: Levellers - 'Carry Me'

Throughout this week, RW/FF is celebrating the music and career of Brighton folk punk legends the Levellers. An epic article is being published throughout the week, where I talk exclusively to frontman Mark Chadwick about the past, present and future of the band, as well as their new Greatest Hits compilation which was released today (September 29). Many of their most negative critics have reassessed their opinions of the Levellers, and over 25 years since their formation, the group continue to win new fans. But they still aren't up where they should be: regarded as one of the most brilliant bands of all time. If you're completely new to the band or a lifelong devotee, the next seven days will either be very educational or a wonderful trip down memory lane. Beginning this week of 'Rewind' posts dedicated to the Levs is a version of a classic track which originally appeared on the band's very first EP, released in 1989 on the band's own Hag Records. The majorly infectious 'Carry Me' was re-recorded a number of times over the years, the definitive, fuller bodied version from 1998 being the one deservedly picked for inclusion on the Greatest Hits. A fine example of the spirit that has kept them together for so long, it's a most addictive singalong that stands as the perfect embodiment of comradeship. 

The 'Greatest Hits' album is available as a 2CD/DVD package, and a 149 track digital box set. Buy yours HEREIn support of the album, the band will embark on a UK tour with support from the brilliant She Makes War, and ska legends The Selector.

NOV 11 Nottingham Rock City
NOV 12 Bristol o2 Academy
NOV 13 London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire
NOV 14 Birmingham o2 Academy o2 Academy
NOV 15 Norwich UEA
NOV 16 Portsmouth Guildhall
NOV 18 Wrexham William Aston Hall
NOV 19 Newcastle o2 Academy
NOV 20 Sheffield o2 Academy
NOV 21 Glasgow o2 ABC
NOV 22 Manchester Academy

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Track Of The Day: The Charlatans - 'Talking In Tones'

This shadowy, haunting new track is the first new music from The Charlatans in four years. 'Talking In Tones' was unveiled last week, and will be released tomorrow on September 29. The single will be available on a very limited edition 7-inch (500 copies), which will also feature a remix from Grumbling Fur. The song is the first to be taken from band's forthcoming untitled 12th album. The upcoming LP will also be the first following the death of drummer Jon Brookes, who passed away last year in 2013 after a battle with cancer.

Keyboardist Tony Rogers said: "Jon was adamant that there was going to be another Charlatans record, and you have to put that into your own thoughts." The Charlatans have also announced a one-off show at The Garage in Highbury, London, supported by Grumbling Fur. 

REWIND: Thievery Corporation - 'Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes'

A beautifully downtempo track that I was introduced to by a friend on Facebook. At the moment I don't yet own any albums by the Thievery Corporation, but do own a number of their tracks on various compilations. 

The stunning 'Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes' is a refreshing splash of breakbeat-fuelled bliss that features a wonderful vocal from Icelandic artist Emilíana Torrini.

It's taken from the Washington-based duo's third album 'The Richest Man In Babylon', which was released back in 2002.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Thom Yorke - 'Brain In A Bottle'

Thom Yorke has been getting people very excited over this past week. On Monday (September 22) he tweeted a picture of a mystery white vinyl record, accompanied by what appeared to be artwork by Stanley Donwood. A day later he posted the lyrics to Radiohead's 2003 track 'A Wolf At The Door', sparking rumours of an imminent new Radiohead album. Yorke revealed that the band were two days into recording new material, suggesting that a new record from the band would require something of a wait. But we all knew that Thom had something up his sleeve, and surely enough he did. Yesterday (Friday September 26) saw the immediate release of his second solo album 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes'. Setting the record's tone with electronic throbs and dusty beats, the brilliant 'Brain In A Bottle' can be downloaded for free, with the rest of the album available for a mere £3.69 via BitTorrent. This excellent track is also accompanied by a rather mad video, which can be seen below. Recently, Yorke has been very critical of online music distribution, in particular the royalty rates paid to artists by streaming platforms such as Spotify. The album is also available on deluxe 180 gram white vinyl edition house in heavy white inner and outer sleeves “printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green; the whole is enclosed in a bespoke anti-static shield bag – a metallised laminated material usually used by the electronics industry for protecting components from electrostatic interference. The bag is printed with neon green on both sides, and has a resealable grip closure.”

Yorke’s full message:
"As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record. The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files. The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’. It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around. If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done. The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey. It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front… The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich"

REWIND: Madness - 'The Prince'

One of the things I was most afraid of while preparing to begin the new job that I have started recently was the possibility of having to listen to other people's music in the workplace. The person in charge of the sounds at our workplace thankfully doesn't tune the radio into the dreaded Heart FM, so at least I have avoided the worst case scenario. However, despite the fact that his iPod plays enjoyable things like Guns N Roses, the Manics, Metallica, Green Day and various dance tunes from the 90s, it also contains a lot of the shite that's featured in the charts over the last few years since the great decline of popular music. I guess even if you have good taste, you'll pay the price if you're being exposed to nothing but shite and not bothering to look in the right places for new music. The other person who's second in charge at my workplace is going to have the choice of the music over the next week or so, which was worrying since I have known her to repeatedly play an awful compilation CD where the best song on it by far is 'Never Ever' by the All Saints. So what a relief to discover that she isn't completely resistant to musical quality, after she bought in a copy of the Madness singles compilation 'Complete Madness' in to play. The London-based ska legends' debut single 'The Prince' was written by Lee Thompson, and was released in August 1979 through 2 Tone Records. It peaked at number 16 in the UK singles chart, spending a total of 11 weeks in the charts.

Although it bears a very strong resemblance to Howlin' Wolf's 'Howlin' For My Baby', the song is a tribute to Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster who was a huge influence on Madness. The band took their name from one of his songs, 'Madness', which they also covered on the b-side of 'The Prince'.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Paul Draper - 'Feeling My Heart Run Slow'

Today's Track Of The Day is one that hasn't been given an official release yet. It's a song that marks the long awaited moment that fans of the hugely underrated 90s four piece Mansun have been hoping for: the return of Paul Draper. Following the break-up of the band in 2003, Draper announced that he would return with new material. Aside from a few songs written for Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin's 2006 album 'Fake Chemical State', and a track called 'Greyhounds In The Slips' co-written with The Joy Formidable in 2008, nothing has ever materialized. In an interview with RW/FF last year, Draper revealed that he started work on a solo album in 2003 and scrapped it. "I lost interest in music in the way I had an interest in it before the split. I did try my best to carry on, so I would like to say a genuine sorry to everyone still reading this and who wanted to hear the solo album I wrote. Im genuinely sorry but it wasn't of my making, I was sort of forced out of music. I felt at the time that a lot of people had taken advantage of my trusting nature and also the fact I find it difficult to see the bad in people and keep walking into disasters. I didn't want to walk into another disaster so I gave up on making my own records to some people's delight, and cancelled my recording contract with EMI which I know seems insane but it makes sense to me." You can read the rest of that interview HERE.

After Mansun fans heard that Draper would be playing with Leeds supergroup Menace Beach during a BBC 6Music session for Marc Riley, the show received a huge amount of emails, leaving Paul surprised. Around the same time, fans launched a petition asking for him to bring out the unreleased solo album, and a while later he told them that he was "giving it serious thought". After he and an assembled band began working on a number of tracks in July of this year, Paul revealed that he would indeed be releasing some of these songs in the future, and that his album was provisionally titled 'Spooky Action From A Distance'. Last month in August, fans from all over the world descended on the band's hometown of Chester for a Mansun fans convention, where the thunderous 'Feeling My Heart Run Slow' was premiered, and given a rapturous response. A video bootleg of the song (with fairly clear sound quality) can be found below. And its Bowie-meets-Nine Inch Nails-meets-Mansun sound and killer chorus makes this a most welcome return from a genuinely undervalued musical legend. And it's his birthday today (September 2
6 2014), so there really couldn't be a better track to feature today... Paul has also been working with Catherine AD, co-writing, playing on and producing some tracks for the upcoming debut from The Anchoress, which is due early next year. It's preceded by an EP called 'One For Sorrow' in November, and more info can be found HERE

REWIND: Format - 'Solid Session'

This week's Friday Banger is from 1991. When I first heard this mind blowing bit of electronic house, I thought it was by an artist called Format #1, due to some mislabelling of a CD compilation. It turns out that it the superb 'Solid Session' was actually made by the Dutch producer/DJ Format, and was featured on a 12" release simply entitled '#1'. Format is one of the many aliases of Orlando Voorn, who has released work since the early 80s under names including Balance, Frequency, Baruka, Basic Bastard, Fix, Dope Dog, Boy, Stalker and The Nighttripper. He also produced tracks with Blake Baxter under the name Ghetto Brothers and with Jeff Porter as Designer Loops

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Happyness - 'Anything I Do Is All Right'

A chugging, melodic helping of alt rock from Happyness, taken from their album 'Weird Little Birthday'. The Ash-meets-Pavement sound of 'Anything I Do Is Alright' makes for a scuzzy breeze that charms and satisfies. The song can also be found as the lead track on a recent EP released at the start of September. The South London trio consist of Jonny Allan, Benji Compston and Ashley Cooper, and tour the UK in October with Avi Buffalo. Dates for those shows can be found below.

OCTOBER 3 The Deaf Institute, Manchester [w. Avi Buffalo] - Tickets: goo.gl/LF50vj

5 Parish, Huddersfield - Tickets: goo.gl/1Y7NuD 

6 Broadcast, Glasgow [w. Avi Buffalo] - Tickets: goo.gl/rFBEXT

8 Thekla Bristol, Bristol [w. Avi Buffalo] (14+) - Tickets: goo.gl/0I1rNw

9 Norwich Sound & Vision Convention Tickets: goo.gl/g3apbx

10 Islington Assembly Hall, London [w. Avi Buffalo] (16+) - Tickets: goo.gl/iTx1l0

11 Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough - Tickets: http://www.twisterella.co.uk/

12 Fulford Arms, York - more than just a pub, York (16+) - Tickets: goo.gl/WNlJEA

14 The Rocking Chair, Sheffield - Tickets: goo.gl/xqM8Sz

15 Hare & Hounds Kings Heath Birmingham - Tickets: goo.gl/Oa4Rtt

17 The Cookie, Leicester (14+) - Tickets: goo.gl/MpLcpz

18 Swn Festival, Cardiff - Tickets: goo.gl/yWfW3u

NOVEMBER 4 Electrowerkz, London (16+) - Tickets: goo.gl/b3KQ00

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Cross Wires - 'Modern Art'

A raucous, enjoyable bit of punk-flavoured rock n roll from Cross Wires. It's the lead track from their new EP 'Your History Defaced', which is available as a FREE download from their Bandcamp page HERE. Cross Wires are a East London/Essex based four piece consisting of Jonathan Chapman (Vocals), Peter Muller (Guitar), Pete Letch (Bass) and Ian Clarke (Drums). The EP was recorded at Sound Savers Studio in Homerton, East London in the summer of 2014. As well as the brilliant 'Modern Art', the EP also features four other impressive offerings.

REWIND: Wganda Kenya - 'El Caterete'

Today's Rewind selection is a wonderful track that I discovered whilst listening to Graham Lovatt's excellent weekly The Eclectic Eel Radio Show this weekend, as I do every Sunday. The show is available to hear via the website HERE. A fascinating and diverse musical mixture is guaranteed. I know nothing about Wganda Kenya, except for the fact that they were a band from Colombia. Searching for the excellent 1975 song 'El Caterete' led to me to a various artists compilation from 2012 which it was included on, entitled 'Diablos del Ritmo 1960-1985: The Colombian Melting Pot'. Gonna have to give that a listen soon...

Monday, 22 September 2014

Track Of The Day: The Asteroid #4 - 'The Windmill Of The Autumn Sky'

As someone with a respectable knowledge of alternative music, it's surprising that it's taken 16 years for me to discover the California-based outfit The Asteroid #4, and it's also likely that many reading this article won't have experienced their music yet. 

So it's a good job that their new self titled album (out tomorrow) has found their way onto my radar, since it is something of a treat. Their eighth full length since their formation back in 1998 is a diverse record that's linked together by a psychedelic thread, taking various genres to far out territories. A major highlight arrives with the solemnly majestic beauty of 'The Windmill Of The Autumn Sky', a lovely helping of Americana flavoured dreampop that exudes a harmonious warmth and a compellingly heartfelt elegance. The song will be released digitally as one half of a double A side single (along with 'Back Of Your Mind') next week on September 29. Read RW/FF's full review of this great album HERE.

Before that, the band have live dates coming up over the next week. Details below...

Thursday 25th September Shaklewell Arms, London
Friday 26th September Psych Fest in Liverpool
Saturday 27th September The Scene Lincoln
Sunday 28th September The Oobleck, Birmingham

Sunday, 21 September 2014

REVIEW: Jupiter Lion - 'Brighter' (BCore Disc Records)

The excellent Valencia-based trio Jupiter Lion first captured RW/FF's ears early in 2013 after the release of their impressive self titled debut album. 'Brighter' is their second full length effort, and takes their Krautrock-infused sound to new heights and further dimensions.

Kicking things off with banging drums, forcefully potent bass and a very rare vocal hook, the opening title track falls somewhere between the worlds of Krautrock and post-punk, and on the excellent 'Your God Is Human', squealing synths ride on propulsive rhythms until developing into an explosion of tumbling basslines and chattering synths. After the scenic 'Delpasse Effect' flows into trippier places with its slow burning ambient beauty and atmospheric textures, the astonishing 'Doppelgänger' thrives with pulsating momentum, pushing its foot firmly down on the pedal before cruising blissfully towards the end.

The harmonious, kinetic euphoria of the relatively brief 'Walking In Circles' precedes the ascendency of 'The Golden Emperor', where elevating analogue electronic patterns and effectively repetitive elements blend wonderfully, with the following bright beam of light 'Ashes' acting as a nice segue into the epic closer 'Lost Cannibal'. Frantic time signatures, glitchy bursts of keys and manic cut-up vocal samples make way for brutal machine gun rhythms, menacing notes and vocals that burn with a darkly hallucinogenic power, before pitch black atmospheres enter the picture, and the song's progression continues as it grows into something that by the end is indeed 'Brighter'.

If driving rhythms, relentless bass, nagging synths and beautifully elevating melodies are your tonic, then this cosmic helping of Spanish post-psychedelic krautrock is something you will need to hear. Pushing into new galaxies and leaving an awe-inspiring trail of light, 'Brighter' is a ball of momentum that flies with powerful trajectory. 8.2/10

Track Of The Day: Black Rivers - 'The Ship'

Black Rivers are a duo made up of "the other two" from Mamchester indie legends Doves, Andy and Jez Williams. Their first single is available as a free download from their website HERE. A haunting and compelling track, 'The Ship' combines the electronic textures of their early 90s Sub Sub incarnation and the sublime, sweeping power of the Doves sound. Sooner than I could fnd time to publish this, the duo have already released another track, 'Voyager 1', which you can listen to HERE.

Jez says: “Some bands are rooted in the reality of the here and now. I suppose we’ve always been about escapism: searching for something. That’s the link, but I wouldn’t want to think we sound too much like Doves. The exciting thing about Black Rivers is that we had the freedom to go wherever we wanted.” On the subject of the brothers regrouping after Doves was put on hiatus, added: “We just drifted back together. It made sense. After 20 years we’re still absolutely crazy about making music. We’re the lucky ones. As for the only downside to working as a duo as opposed to a trio, they say they now find it harder to agree on anything, because no one has the casting vote. The name, it seems, was a particular cause of consternation. Jez wanted Help. Andy liked the juxtaposition of Black and River, and won the day."

REVIEW: Dark Horses - 'Hail Lucid State' (Last Gang Records)

 Described as "sonic soul art rockers", the UK five piece Dark Horses follow up last year's debut 'Black Music' with a strengthy second full-length that sees them deliver on their promise in a way their first offering failed to. Venturing into similar territories visited by the likes of Esben And The Witch, Savages and (somewhat surprisingly) the Sneaker Pimps, there are also heavy shades of shoegaze-infused post punk combined with touches of dark psychedelica. 'Hail Lucid State' was produced by Death In Vegas man Richard Fearless, who lends the band's sound a unique edge.

After igniting with the explosive colours and elevating excitement of terrific opener 'Live On Hunger', 'Desire' brings together a drum sound that brings to mind that of Bowie's 'Low', filthy bass notes, a vocal melody that tips its hat to Pink Floyd's 'Arnold Layne', and an expansive burst of melodic light that surges through the chorus. The magnificent single 'Saturn Returns' puts motorik rhythms, shoegazey guitars to immersive vocals and space rock vibes, a journey into orbit that provides a clear stand out. After the powerfully raw post-punk snarl of the striking 'Transister' comes the entrancing slow burner 'Wire Blood', its shadowy, brooding atmospheres topped superbly with the skeletal, piercing guitar that rings eerily throughout. 

After the intense pulse and dark groove of the title track deliver a great representation of the album as a whole, the superb 'Sevens' steps further down the path signposted 'Krautrock', via a route through early Mute Records and the grinding blackness of Joy Division to create another one of the album's finest moments. Built around a strict, snappy rhythm and a transcendental bass hook, the catchy 'Wake Up' dives into gothic space disco during its high reaching chorus, while the mesmeric guitars, hypnotic drones and psychedelic moods of 'The Bravest' equate to a another vibrant highlight, before the heaving roar of the epic, expansive closer 'Western' rounds things off pleasingly.

While their debut LP from last year gave only occasional glimpses of their potential, Dark Horses have developed a more accomplished sound, and a standard of songwriting that has moved them up to a new level. Melodic, dark, atmospheric, and with stellar production from Fearless, it's post-punk psych rock burning with soul and energy. 8/10

REWIND: Ocean Colour Scene - 'Up On The Downside'

A lot of people forget just how successful Ocean Colour Scene actually are. As well as an impressive six consecutive Top 10 hits, they also scored another 11 Top 40 singles and no less than five UK Top 10 albums. This particular single from was one that I purchased on 7" vinyl on its week of release, or it may have even been on the Sunday before release, since Rival Records in Bath used to sell a lot of their stuff a day early in the late 90s. 'Up n The Downside' was released in 2001 and reached number 19 in the UK Singles Chart, and was the first single to be released from their album Mechanical Wonder', an album that I spent last Sunday morning listening to and tweeting my thoughts on. The superb 'Up On The Downside' provides a lively, soulful way to start the album. As well as Steve Cradock's wah-wah guitar, another thing I love about the song is the vibrant percussion which reminds me of the great Curtis Mayfield... 'Mechanical Wonder' was released April 2001 and reached #7 in the UK album charts. Their last major label release and their last Top 10 record to date. Personal highlights include Up On The Downsise, Sail On My Boat, Give Me A Letter, Mechanical Wonder, and Can't Get Back To The Baseline. Overall rating: 6.5/10. Not a great album, not a bad one either but some major highlights...

LISTEN: The RW/FF Compilation Volume 23

After a lengthy period over the summer with no new mixtapes, Volume 22 of The RW/FF Compilation appeared last week and has done pretty well in the Mixcloud radio show charts. Now, just a week later here is the latest compilation, which is one of my favourite ones yet. It's a bit more far-out than the last one, a journey that begins with some krautrock before venturing through psychedelica, shoegaze, electronica, post-punk and ending with a few helpings of disco. 

Struggling to hear good new music? In need of some fresh sounds? I believe in 2014 is the best time for new music we have had in years, but thanks to the people in control of the mainstream, not many people are hearing the good stuff. The regular RW/FF Compilation is here to help. It showcases the music that has featured on the site over the last few weeks. 

Just imagine if the 'Now!' albums featured the best recent music instead of lowest-common-denominator shite... they would sound like this! I don't have regular dates set for each of these mixtape-type things, instead I just wait until I have an 80 minute CD's worth of great new music to make up each compilation. Contrary to what some people think, there is plenty of excellent new music out there, as is proved by every one of these brilliant mixes.


LISTEN: RW/FF Radio - 15/09/2014

This Monday's show featured new sounds from The Asteroid #4, Gut Und Irmler, The Watanabes, Jupiter Lion, Xinobi and Ellis island Sound, plus great music from the past courtesy of Suede, The Four Tops, and Todd Terry, as well as a tribute to ex Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb Young', who passed away recently. This particular recording of the show also features Dance Class With Jason B, plus an hour or so of mostly awful music from the Melksham Town Sound Playlist... 

Ben Scott hosts RW/FF Radio every Monday night 7-8pm on Melksham Town Sound
This is where the music featured on RW/FF comes to life on the radio. As well as the most essential new releases, you'll hear lost treasures and classics from the past. Expect everything from indie, shoegaze, electronica, krautrock, psychedelica, funk, soul, reggae, punk, alternative, rock and much more. It's followed by Dance Class With Jason B at 8pm, a show which can be listened to HERE.

For more info on RW/FF Radio, the RW/FF Specials and Melksham Town Sound, go HERE.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Track Of The Day: Jamie T - 'Zombie'

Up until recently, I've known absolutely nothing about the singer-songwriter who calls himself Jamie T, other than the fact that he caused quite a stir a few years back, and has taken ages to release his new album, His third LP 'Carry On The Grudge' will be released on September 29 (already a VERY busy day for album releases), and follows five years after his previous full length 'Kings And Queens'. A press release reads: "The likes of Zombie recall the urgency of Jamie's past records but it's balanced with the likes of They Told Me It Rained and Mary Lee. The old influences of punk, folk and reggae are all still here, but reshaped into something new whilst still defiantly the work of Jamie T." I'll make my own mind up about that when and if I have time to listen to the record, but one thing I do know for sure is that 'Zombie' is an addictive indie punk rock n roll cracker that's difficult to get out of your head once it finds its way in there.