Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The Best Of July 2018 round-up + Playlist

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of our monthly new music playlist, which is available to listen to and watch via YouTube. If you enjoy any of the songs featured here, we encourage you to support the artists by purchasing their music from your local record shop, or through online retailers.

Stream the playlist below and read a bit about each individual track further down the page. This edition features new music from the Manic Street Preachers, The Prodigy, The Orb, Idles, Orbital, Suede, Nine Inch Nails, The KVB, Menace Beach, Spiritualized, Parquet Courts, Mogwai, The Coral, Gorillaz, Jon Hopkins, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, James Blake, Linda Guilala, Goldfrapp ft Dave Gahan, Interpol, Muse, David Byrne, and White Denim.


Manic Street Preachers - People Give In

An uplifting statement of intent, breaking into a magnificently bright, anthemic chorus. The opening track from the trio's solid 'Resistance Is Futile', an essential album that reminds us why the Manics have remained one of the UK's biggest rock bands for so long. The new video for the track was directed by Kieran Evans.



Orbital - P.H.U.K.

The legendary duo Orbital deliver a techno masterclass with this superb new track. Thudding roboid beats lock into place with energising retro-futuristic synth bleeps, spelling out some sort of glow-stick-aided sonic SOS cry. Brilliantly structured, the track has also been going down very well in its live incarnation. Featured below are the video edit, and the full length audio. 'P.H.U.K.' is taken from the upcoming album 'Monsters Exist', out in September.







Mogwai - Donuts


A mesmerising, powerful piece of music from the ever-brilliant Mogwai. Following on from last year's 'Every Country's Sun', the Glasgow band are releasing 'KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack', recorded for the upcoming sci-fi/crime drama starring Zoë Kravitz, James Franco, Dennis Quaid, and others. In a statement, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite said, “We were really excited to be asked to record the original score for Jonathan and Josh Baker’s debut movie KIN. It was amazing to do a project that was so different to anything we’ve done before and see how our music fits in a totally different environment to how it’s been used before.”


KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out August 31. As well as a number of EPs and nine studio albums, Mogwai have also composed the soundtracks 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait', the French TV series Les Revenants, the documentary 'Atomic, Living in Dread and Promise' and also co-wrote the score to Fisher Stevens' 2016 documentary film about climate change 'Before the Flood'.








The Orb - Doughnuts Forever
Blissful new music from The Orb, a dreamy summer soundtrack from their ambitious, eclectic new LP 'No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds'. While much Orb material of recent years has been characterised by minimalism, their 15th studio album finds the electronic legends exploring a dynamic range of influences, moods and sonic possibilities. The record also sees the duo collaborating with a host of guests including YouthJah WobbleHollie Cook and Roger Eno.

“I wanted to try something with more musicians and more voices. More contributors essentially - similar to the conditions our first album ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ were recorded in”, explains Alex Paterson“Thomas and I made two streamlined, techno-style albums for Kompakt which I love, but this time I wanted a change to expand the palate, and to bring in other elements that will keep people guessing and keep them confused. This is a more English and less German sounding LP and it’s on an English label, although obviously the music comes from all over the globe and beyond, as do the musicians.”


The Orb will be celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing a six date UK tour this Autumn. The shows will feature a Greatest Hits set alongside tracks from the new album.







Nine Inch Nails - God Break Down The Door
Loving the industrial techno free-jazz sounds and heavy Bowie influence on this menacing offering from the new Nine Inch Nails album 'Bad Witch'.






Jon Hopkins - Everything Connected
An epic, sizzling hot techno odyssey, 'Everything Connected' is the magnificent centrepiece of the electronic musician's fifth album 'Singularity'. The record was inspired by the time Hopkins spent living in Los Angeles, practising meditation, and taking trips to the desert to find himself. Here is the single version of the track. The magnificent full length can be heard here: http://smarturl.it/ConnectedStrm






James Blake - Don't Miss It
James Blake is one of those artists with the sort of distinctive vocal style that can either be alluring or grating, depending on your ear. Maybe that's the reason I never really warmed to any of the previous material of his that I have heard. But the haunting beauty of 'Don't Miss It' is something that's too good for me to resist. Filled with claustrophobic sadness and watery piano that evokes the sense of drowning, this track was released just over a month ago back in May. 





The Coral - Eyes Like Pearls
Lovely enchanting sounds from the Liverpool band's forthcoming album 'Move Through The Dawn', out August 10. 



Idles - Danny Nedelko

The punk rock anthem of the year so far. A raucous rallying cry, and a call for unity from the Bristol hardcore post-punks Idles. It can be found on the band's upcoming second album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance', which as well as being brilliantly titled, also promises to be excellent judging by what has been heard so far. After ther album's release on August 31, plus a number of festival dates and American shows, the band embark on a UK tour later this year throughout October. Dates can be found at https://www.idlesband.com/






Linda Guilala - Mucho Mejor

Some psychedelic-flavoured shoegaze melodies from Spanish band Linda Guilala. 'Mucho Mejor' follows their second album which was released a couple of years ago in 2016. The single is available digitally from the Elefant Records Bandcamp page.





Muse - Something Human


Muse have unveiled a brand new single entitled 'Something Human', taken from their forthcoming new album which is due in November. On first listen, it takes a little while to take shape, but by the second verse it starts to sink in nicely. Best listened to minus its flashy futuristic video...





The Prodigy - Need Some1


The Prodigy returned this month with the release of a brand new track. 'Need Some1' immediately goes off like an atomic bomb, kicking up an alarming state of panic. Its taken from their upcoming seventh studio album 'No Tourists', which is out November 2.






Suede - Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You

With a distinct swagger recalling their early work, Suede's new single 'Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You' is the second taste of their forthcoming LP 'The Blue Hour', released September 21. 







Parquet Courts - Total Football
Don't be fooled by the title. It's technically not about football. This infectious post-punk cracker is named after an old football tactic based on the theory that “no one part is bigger than the sum of the team.” Here, the band deliver a message calling all sectors of society, composed of artists, teachers, blue-collar workers, and many more, to fight against oppressive figures and threatening cults of personality, much like promoting team-oriented football strategies that emphasize teamwork over individual play. It can be found on their brilliant album 'Wide Awake!', and is also available as a very special limited edition 7" single with artwork based on the old Panini football sticker albums. 



Andrew Savage from the group says: "The lyrics take the form of a manifesto, which is fitting for the first song on this album I think. Bold and declarative." Parquet Courts are one of the greatest lyrical bands around, heavily influenced by the genius of Mark E Smith.





Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
One of the best new bands of recent years, and one who I discovered a few weeks ago on Steve Lamacq's excellent afternoon show on BBC 6Music. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are a five-piece indie band from Australia whose debut album 'Hope Downs' was released last month on the Sub Pop label. Featuring lots of crisp jangly guitars and a liely pace, the majorly catchy 'Talkin Straight' is one of the LP's highlights..




Spiritualized - I'm Your Man


Jason Pierce and his band Spiritualized return with their first new album since 2012. 'And Nothing Hurt' will be released in September, and the first single from it is the uplifting, typically grand ballad 'I'm Your Man', where Beatles vibes and Stax horns combine harmoniously. The album was conceived and recorded almost entirely by Pierce, AKA J. Spaceman – in an upstairs room in his east London home.


“Making this record on my own sent me more mad than anything I’ve done before. We’d been playing these big shows and I really wanted to capture that sound we were making but, without the funds to do, I had to find a way to work within the constraints of what money I had. So I bought a laptop and made it all in a little room in my house. The biggest thing for me was to try to make it sound like a studio session. But I was new to it all, I didn’t have all the short cuts people use as when they’re making records – I just sat there for weeks… for months… moving every level up bit by bit just to try to get the sounds right.”


“With a bit of trial and lot of error, I found ways of doing something that’s quite simple if you’ve got the resources. I spent two weeks listening to classical records and strumming the chord that I wanted on my guitar. When I found something to match what i wanted, I’d sample that bit and go for the next chord and try to match that. It took weeks, trying to put together and layer convincing string sounds. But, if I’m honest, all I wanted was for someone to come and play the part and bring their own thing to the record.”


On recent comments regarding this possibly being the final Spiritualized album, Pierce said “I was quite sincere about that and I still feel like it might be the case. It was such hard work. I found myself going crazy for so long. It’s not like there’s no coming back, I’m fine now… it’s just such a hard thing to do, to make a record like this on your own. It’s almost as if, if I’m not pushing myself to point of madness, it’s not going to be right. And I know it’s going to be like that every time. What’s the definition of madness? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I kind of do that. I think the biggest goal is to make something that’s worthy of all that time and effort. And the more time and effort, the bigger the goal. I knew I had to make something that was good enough that it should be made. And a massive positive about making the record is that we get to play it live. That’s always the most joyous thing; everyone gets to contribute to the sound, this amazing thing that seems to come right through the roof.”





Babybird - 'I Am Not Here' (Demo Version) 

One of the music world's best kept secrets is the fact that Stephen Jones is making Babybird records again. After the lo-fi bedroom recordings of the early days, the hit singles of the mid-late 90s, and a brief return in 2010, Jones laid Babybird to rest in 2012, frustrated with the name constantly being associated with misunderstood 1996 smash hit 'You're Gorgeous'. He then became one of the most prolific musicians around, releasing (quite literally) hundreds of albums on Bandcamp under a range of different aliases.

But it's hard enough to be heard above all the noise and endless choice that characterises the music scene in this day and age. So the Babybird name has been reprised to give his songs the wings (no pun intended) that they deserve. It's also led to a live return, Jones and his band undertaking a series of raw, defiant gigs just months after he had suffered a heart attack. Babybird have also just announced a December UK tour, with shows in London, Bedford and Leeds.

And the new material keeps on coming: the latest Babybird release is a double album titled 'Selfies Inside The Coffin', although many of you reading this may never get to hear it. Jones released the songs in demo form on his Bandcamp site, before 50 limited edition CD copies of the album were pre-sold before the album itself was even completed.

If this is just the demo of 'I Am Not Here', then just imagine what the finished article will sound like. Beginning as a weird, unsettling spoken word soundscape, it soon grows into a cascade of dreamy chords, progressive loops and echoes of the sprawling atmospheric power that was put to such great effect on Jones' little-known 2014 album 'Ambition Expired'. This can be heard along with some other very promising recordings on Part 1 of the SITC demo sampler, available to listen to and download (name your price) HERE

Another one to add to the growing list of great Babybird tracks.



The KVB - 'Above Us'
A delicious helping of lysergic machine music from The KVB. If the Jesus And Mary Chain were signed to Mute Records in the 1980s, they might have sounded a bit like this. The pulsating 'Above Us' is out now on Invada Records, a label with a reputation for releasing brilliant, extraordinary music. The KVB are on tour in the UK this October in support of their forthcoming album 'Only Now Forever', and dates can be found HERE.




Menace Beach ft Brix Smith - Black Rainbow Sound
The Leeds-based Menace Beach are back with a new album next month. 'Black Rainbow Sound' is the vividly energetic title track from it, a propulsive helping of Krautrock-infused psychedelica that features the guest vocals of former Fall member Brix Smith-Start, now fronting Brix And The Extricated.

The band explain: “The synchronicity of the universe just forced us and Brix together. The very day l finished reading her biography she played us on her BBC 6Music show along with a wonderfully out-there monologue of how the song made her feel. I said thanks, we got chatting and it went from there. She’s a burning comet of positive energy”.






Goldfrapp ft Dave Gahan - Ocean
Depeche Mode legend Dave Gahan adds some foreboding power to this fine new version of Goldfrapp's 'Ocean'. The song was originally on their 2017 album 'Silver Eye'. “Working with Dave Gahan on the new version of ‘Ocean’ has been a real honor for us as a band,” the group said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to finally share this collaboration with the world.”




White Denim - Magazin
Instant, melodic and inviting, this new track from Texas indie combo White Denim is taken from their upcoming eighth album Performance, released on August 24. The video was produced, edited and animated by Jonny Sanders.



David Byrne - Gasoline And Dirty Sheets

'Gasoline And Dirty Sheets' is from David Byrne's recent album 'American Utopia', which is his 11th solo LP.  Occasionally I can detect hints of the Eels in this track, bits of Bowie and a big helping of that Byrne/Talking Heads vibe where you can't quite put your finger on what mood it conjures up, or what style you would categorise it as. Byrne will be touring the UK in October.




Gorillaz - Magic City


The new Gorillaz album 'The Now Now' was released at the end of last month, a set of songs that provide a noticeable contrast to last year's 'Humanz'. Wheras that album and its predecessors were often very busy in terms of arrangements, and full of guest vocalists, 'The Now Now' relies more on the masterful songwriting skills of Damon Albarn, and his production methods. Resilient genius Albarn has always excelled at creating yearning, beautifully sad melodies, and 'Magic City' is another classic, enveloping the listener in a stunning atmosphere of space age melancholy.

'The Now Now' is a dark, sad and alluring record that I recommend as a soundtrack for late summer nights.



Track Of The Day: Gorillaz - Magic City

The new Gorillaz album 'The Now Now' was released at the end of last month, a set of songs that provide a noticeable contrast to last year's 'Humanz'. Wheras that album and its predecessors were often very busy in terms of arrangements, and full of guest vocalists, 'The Now Now' relies more on the masterful songwriting skills of Damon Albarn, and his production methods. Resilient genius Albarn has always excelled at creating yearning, beautifully sad melodies, and 'Magic City' is another classic, enveloping the listener in a stunning atmosphere of space age melancholy.

'The Now Now' is a dark, sad and alluring record that I recommend as a soundtrack for late summer nights.


Rewind: Delakota - The Rock

I've been looking forward to featuring this track, which I rate as one of the best singles of the 1990s. It reached number 60 in the UK singles chart 20 years ago in July 1998. '98 and '99 are years that I will always remember for some amazing songs from new bands, who only reached the bottom end of the charts, before most of them disappeared forever. Delakota were one such act. In fact, if this sort of indie band became more popular in the late 90s, they could've helped take guitar music to far more interesting places at the turn of the century. 

'The Rock' was a beautifully tranquil song that soundtracked many of my evenings in the summer of 1998. With a soft, cradling rhythm, laid-back piano, and a whistful, yearning vocal line, it's the song's distinctive hook that joins it all together nicely. Indeed it is very hard to resist the charm of the alluring, fluid guitar line that flows calmly like river water through the track, evoking the sensations of relaxed scenic journeys, or seeing sunsets reflecting on oceans. An essential late 90s indie track. I'm surprised it hasn't featured on more of those chill out compilations. Chris Martin has confessed that 'The Rock''s distinctive guitar loop was a heavy influence on the Coldplay track 'Strawberry Swing'.


Delakota's sound combined the big beat and hip hop sounds of the late 90s with strong indie rock songwriting and a lively, diverse range of influences. Described as an "alternative dance" act, they formed from the ashes of pop-punk outfit The Senseless Things, who split in 1995. Drummer Cass Browne and Morgan Nicholls formed Delakota with Des Murphy (Solid State Revival, Wasteland, Los Bastardos, Genius Freak) and Brian Pearce in 1997. In an interview with musicmuso.com HERE, Browne stated that he was shaken by the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 and as a result, steered clear of guitar music for a while, choosing instead to experiment with samplers: “Everyone had followed the band (Nirvana) from their early ‘underdog’ status to the behemoth that they grew into (whether they liked it or not!) and it felt to me that if this is what becomes of a band at the height of their career...  I just couldn’t listen to guitar music for a long time after that. With Senseless Things over, especially so. I got heavily into soul music; Curtis Mayfield for one, Sly and The Family Stone, more James Brown, Funkadelic. Jimmy Cliff. The Studio One catalogue. Sunshine music, really. I got into lots of Hip Hop. I guess it was me trying to stay away from anything that sounded self-depreciating. Kurt really took that to the 9th degree and it really made me want to stay well back from it for the time being. I just needed a complete internal re-invention. I wanted to feel positive.”



Following 'The Rock', the band made the album 'One Love', an eclectic debut that brings to mind Primal Scream but with a more uplifting, playful approach. Described as "a soulful fusion of hip-hop, big beat and indie rock", it also drew comparisons with Beck and the Beastie Boys. At times it sounds not unlike The Charlatans making a record with Groove Armada, or The Chemical Brothers remixing The Stone Roses. Psychedelica mixed with country, gospel, Stax vibes, dub sounds and an unintentional touch of the early 90s Madchester scene. As well as playing at festivals and being hotly tipped by the music press, Delakota were played regularly on Radio 1's flagship alternative show The Evening Session. One of their live appearances was on BBC2’s Newsnight, having been invited on the show to represent new British talent after a discussion about the current state of the music industry. While some brilliant and interesting genre-splicing sounds were being created, behind the scenes things didn't seem so positive financially, as Browne remembers years later: "I was in Delakota, living on £30 a week, laughing my ass off the whole time, drunk and high and really enjoying it! Then I realised I needed to buy more gear as it was getting difficult to make music..." 

The group parted company with their label GO Beat in 1999, and began working on a second album. They released two new singles, but after 2000 they were never heard from again. Either the band went on an extended hiatus, or completely packed it in after Des Murphy quit due to "major label pressure". Nicholls also released a number of singles and an album under the alias Morgan via Source Records in the late 90s, and after Delakota became inactive, he joined Muse as a live member, contributing backing vocals, keyboards and synthesizers to their shows. He also played as part of the Gorillaz live band in 2005 and 2006. Cass Browne was another Delakota band member who made contributions to Gorillaz, performing with them from 2001 until 2010. He was also the author of all the dialogue of the vitual band's members, and scripting all the interviews as the characters for magazines who wish to interview Noodle, 2D, Russel and Murdoc.

Des Murphy released some of his own music, before becoming a member of Penguin Cafe, who also feature Cass Browne in their line up. In 2017, Browne, Nicholls and the other two original members of The Senseless Things decided to reform the band after a 22 year split.


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Track Of The Day: David Byrne - Gasoline And Dirty Sheets

'Gasoline And Dirty Sheets' is from David Byrne's recent album 'American Utopia', which is his 11th solo LP.  Occasionally I can detect hints of the Eels in this track, bits of Bowie and a big helping of that Byrne/Talking Heads vibe where you can't quite put your finger on what mood it conjures up, or what style you would categorise it as. Byrne will be touring the UK in October.


Rewind: Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta

A rampaging lo fi singalong, with an irresistibly catchy chorus. Reaching number 57 in the UK singles chart 20 years ago in July 1998, this track was a favourite of mine way before everybody knew it as the theme tune from 'Peep Show'. I used to play that CD single a lot during the summer of '98 on car journeys, and no doubt it also featured on one of my compilation tapes of then-current indie tracks. Since this song became a favourite of mine back in the day, I never heard from Harvey Danger again and never knew what became of them until doing a quick bit of research for this article. I never forgot abut this song though, and when it became more popular years later after being used as the 'Peep Show' theme tune, it felt good when people suddenly discovered the brilliance of something I'd known about for years. As for the Washington-based band, they released two albums before going on hiatus in 2001. They returned in 2015 with a third LP, but split again in 2009.


Saturday, 28 July 2018

Dance Track Of The Week: Basement Jaxx - Flylife (Flashmob 2018 Remix)

Every Saturday, dance/electronica expert and Frome FM DJ Jason B will be sharing his recommendations, picking an old track and a new track. This weekend's recent pick is Flashmob's chunky update of the Brixton duo Basement Jaxx's 90s classic. It's available to download now from Beatport and Traxsource.

Jason B hosts Frome FM's Dance Classics every first Saturday of the month on Frome FM at 10pm. The show is repeated on the previous Thursday night at 10pm. Those of you lucky enough to live in Frome can pick it up on 96.6FM, otherwise listen online at www.frome.fm

You can listen again to the show online here: http://frome.fm/programmes/music/dance-classics/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FromeFMsDanceClassics/


Dance Classic Of The Week: Goldvick - My My

Every Saturday, dance/electronica expert and Frome FM DJ Jason B will be sharing his recommendations, picking an old track and a new track. Like his new Frome FM's Dance Classics show, this feature looks at dance music in its various forms throughout the ages. 

Here's a rare track from 1996, which was favoured by the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Nick Warren. 'My My' is a hazy, euphoric progressive trance gem from the 12" single 'And Now You Know'. Goldvick also released records as H.O.W., Mr. Samples, as well as under his real name John Vick.

Jason B hosts Frome FM's Dance Classics every first Saturday of the month on Frome FM at 10pm. The show is repeated on the previous Thursday night at 10pm. Those of you lucky enough to live in Frome can pick it up on 96.6FM, otherwise listen online at www.frome.fm

You can listen again to the show online here: http://frome.fm/programmes/music/dance-classics/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FromeFMsDanceClassics/



Track Of The Day: Manic Street Preachers - People Give In

An uplifting statement of defiance, breaking into a magnificently bright, anthemic chorus. The opening track from the trio's solid 'Resistance Is Futile', an essential album that reminds us why the Manics have remained one of the UK's biggest rock bands for so long. The new video for the track was directed by Kieran Evans.


Rewind: Fuzz Townshend - Big Tasty Ed (Depth Charge Part 1)

The original version of this was at number 93 in the UK singles charts 20 years ago back in July 1998. I can remember a lot of Fuzz Townshend tracks being played by Steve Lamacq on Radio 1's Evening Session in the late 90s. But what I can't remember is what the original version of 'Big Tasty Ed' sounded like, and YouTube can only offer two remixes plucked from the B sides of the single. Packed full of heavy breakbeats and a diverse palette of sounds and vibes from different electronic genres, this remix by Depth Charge is a fine example of late 90s trip hop. Townshend was the drummer for Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace. His debut solo album 'All In' was released in 1999, and while he has also performed drumming duties for The Wonder Stuff and The Beat, Townshend became involved in the world of journalism, as well as starting up a classic car restoration business. He is now perhaps best known as the host of TV show Car SOS.


Friday, 27 July 2018

Track Of The Day: Orbital - 'P.H.U.K.'

The legendary duo Orbital deliver a techno masterclass with this superb new track. Thudding roboid beats lock into place with energising retro-futuristic synth bleeps, spelling out some sort of glow-stick-aided sonic SOS cry. Brilliantly structured, the track has also been going down very well in its live incarnation. Featured below are the video edit, the full length audio, and the excellent live version. 'P.H.U.K.' is taken from the upcoming album 'Monsters Exist', out in September.






Rewind: Catatonia - Strange Glue

This single from Catatonia was at number 11 in the UK charts 20 years ago back in July 1998. It was written by guitarist Owen Powell, and was taken from the album International Velvet.



Thursday, 26 July 2018

Track Of The Day: Mogwai - Donuts

A mesmerising, powerful piece of music from the ever-brilliant Mogwai. Following on from last year's 'Every Country's Sun', the Glasgow band are releasing 'KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack', recorded for the upcoming sci-fi/crime drama starring Zoë Kravitz, James Franco, Dennis Quaid, and others. 

In a statement, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite said, “We were really excited to be asked to record the original score for Jonathan and Josh Baker’s debut movie KIN. It was amazing to do a project that was so different to anything we’ve done before and see how our music fits in a totally different environment to how it’s been used before.”

KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out August 31. As well as a number of EPs and nine studio albums, Mogwai have also composed the soundtracks 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait', the French TV series Les Revenants, the documentary 'Atomic, Living in Dread and Promise' and also co-wrote the score to Fisher Stevens' 2016 documentary film about climate change 'Before the Flood'.

Rewind: Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You

This club classic was released 20 years ago back in July 1998. Reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart, the song remains the only release of the trio who consisted of Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, plus Alan Braxe and vocalist Benjamin Diamond. Bangalter was offered 3 million dollars to produce a full Stardust album, but the trio haven't produced anything else since. Diamond and Braxe resumed their ongoing solo careers, and Bangalter resumed work with Daft Punk. The track was recorded in Paris at Daft House, where Bangalter is based. The song was conceived in Rex Club, Paris, where the trio were playing a live set. Bangalter and Braxe created the instrumental, which Diamond instinctively sang the title words over. The next day they laid down the track in the studio, adding a sample from Chaka Khan's 'Fate'.

Late last month, the group’s members returned to the studio to work on a remastering of the track ahead of its 20th anniversary digital release, marking the first time it will be available on streaming platforms. 




Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Track Of The Day: Idles - Danny Nedelko

The punk rock anthem of the year so far. A raucous rallying cry, and a call for unity from the Bristol hardcore post-punks Idles. It can be found on the band's upcoming second album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance', which as well as being brilliantly titled, also promises to be excellent judging by what has been heard so far. After ther album's release on August 31, plus a number of festival dates and American shows, the band embark on a UK tour later this year throughout October. Dates can be found at https://www.idlesband.com/


Rewind: Symposium - Blue

Symposium were a late 90's Britrock band who were highly rated for their energetic live shows and tipped for big things in the music press. This single reached number 48 in the UK singles chart 20 years ago back in July 1998. The song can be found on the band's debut (and only) full-length 'On The Outside'. After splitting in 2000, two of Symposium formed Hell Is For Heroes.


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Track Of The Day: Linda Guilala - Mucho Mejor

Some psychedelic-flavoured shoegaze rock noise from Spanish band Linda Guilala. 'Mucho Mejor' follows their second album which was released a couple of years ago in 2016. The single is available digitally from the Elefant Records Bandcamp page.


Rewind: The Supernaturals - I Wasn't Built To Get Up

This was at number 25 in the UK singles chart 20 years ago back in July 1998. What would you get if you crossed a hint of Blur's upbeat mid 90s output with a Scottish-flavoured twist of The Beach Boys and their sunny melodies? You'd probably end up with something a bit like The Supernaturals, who were hotly tipped in the Britpop era. Best known for their 1997 hit 'Smile', it's their second album 'A Tune A Day' from 1998 that was actually the band's finest hour. Perfectly summing up the feeling of morning lethargy, the brilliant 'I Wasn't Built To Get Up' was a lively, catchy slice of indie pop that should be regarded as one of the best singles of the era.

It was a song that inspired me to buy the album 'A Tune A Day', before watching them play at The Fleece in Bristol, with Carrie as the support act. The band released a third and commercially unsuccessful third album on a small independent label before splitting in 2002. They reformed in 2012 and released their fourth LP entitled '360'. The band will be playing at the StarShaped festival in September, which takes place in London, Glasgow and Manchester. Also on the bill are Ocean Colour Scene, Ultrasound, Black Grape, Echobelly, Northern Uproar, My Life Story and more.