2015 Closure

A just shy of four hour long set from Andrew Weatherall at Closure in Amsterdam at the start of the month. Hit play now and when it finishes you’ll just have time to see what crap is going on with Jools before starting your countdown to New Year. Have a good one!

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I Know You Well

It’s the last day of a pretty grim and depressing year if viewed through the TV news and the papers. Taking refuge in music, hiding from the storms (literally over the last few days) with the stereo playing and a drink to hand, might be hiding but it’s a decent form of escapism. This 1991 song from Shack, the great lost Liverpool band (it’s a cliche to write that but it’s true), is a beautiful gem. Scouse psychedelia with harmonies and trippy 1966 guitars but with all the benefits of a 1991 extended mix, a breakdown, 90s drums and outro. Sublime.

I Know You Well (12″ Extended)

React

Do you want a record for your party? This is the one I’m recommending today, a massive dance record made in a giant rave machine and released into the world last month. Split Secs featuring Alona remixed to perfection by Sean Johnston’s Hardway Bros.

Lemmy

If all Lemmy had left behind was Ace Of Spades, Silver Machine and a bad reputation that would still be enough evidence of a life well lived.

RIP Lemmy Kilmister, 1945-2015.

Find Yourself

Alright? I hope you’ve had a good Christmas break with plenty of indulgences. I may have overindulged a tad here and there and feel like a morning busting my lungs on the bike in some winter sunshine would do me some good. But anyway, on with the music…

Acid Ted is doing a month by month run down of his year- you should go and have a look at it. His second favourite track from January was Richard Norris’ remix The Forest by Black Rivers (two thirds of Doves), a smooth, psychedelic masterpiece that I also posted but forgot about. Mr Norris has turned in some stunning remixes in recent times- Warpaint, Public Service Broadcasting, Temples and Noel Gallagher are probably the highest profile ones. This one from earlier this year is pretty sweet, Jacco Gardner sent on a spaced out trip through the cosmos…

And here’s one from a few months back, a remix of Amateur Best, light and airy, housified with a touch of disco.

There’s loads more stuff to dive into at his Soundcloud page.

We Start Over

It’s Christmas Eve- I haven’t got anything planned to be happening here for the next few days and I don’t expect to be blogging again until the 28th or thereabouts. I hope all of you have the Christmas you want, whatever you’re doing, wherever you are and with whoever you’re with. I’ll leave you with this…

My end of year list had a couple of omissions that I thought I should cover. The first was LoneLady who I just completely forgot about- the album Hinterland is full of sparse early ACR style guitars and bass, a record inspired by the spaces underneath the Mancunian Way.

The other was this single called We Start Over from Steve Cobby complete with a gorgeous vocal by Trudie Dawn Smith. Steve Cobby appeared in my albums of the year list but this single is rather special too and it slipped my mind.

The remix by Apiento and Lx is what I am calling deep chug. Guaranteed to have arms waving in the air and the hugging of strangers on New Year’s Eve. See you in a few days.

Last White Christmas

Last White Christmas by Basement 5 doesn’t really sound like anyone’s version of festive fun but it’s a dubwise, post-punk classic regardless. The names who passed through the band’s ranks is like a late 70s roll call- Don Letts (B.A.D.), Dennis Morris (photographed the Sex Pistols and Bob Marley amongst others), Richard Dudanski (The 101ers, The Raincoats, PiL), Leo ‘E-Zee Kill’ Williams (B.A.D., Dreadzone), Winston Fergus, Charlie Charles (The Blockheads). To top this they were produced by Martin Hannett who said it was the heaviest, most difficult production work he ever did.

Last White Christmas