Voodoo Time

We got back from three days of very un-Lake District camping weather last night- the sun has shone and there hasn’t been a drop of rain. There’s a pile of washing to do that smells of bonfire and some sunburnt skin here and there. But all is good and I have the rest of the week off.

Here’s a slice of late May lushness from John Grant and Gwenno. I don’t think I’ve heard much by John Grant and I’m well aware he’s highly rated by many people but I’ve just not got around to trying him out. His song Voodoo Doll has been remixed by Welsh psyche/cosmische Queen Gwenno and Peski Kid and it is a delight with a lovely ascending and descending vocal line over some light bubbling psychedelia.

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I Just Want To Be A Woman

I went to pick one of the kids up the other night and was flicking through radio stations in the car, trying to find something- anything- half decent to listen to. Just as I was about to give up I tuned in to the second half of Glory Box by Portishead. Sometimes you have to hear a song unexpectedly, out of context, to really hear it again. It sounded really, really good. There was a period in 1994 when it seemed like the only thing anyone was listening to was Portishead. I always really liked this alternate version from the 12″ single.

Toy Box

It’s half term and we are in the Lake District for the next couple of days, near Ulverston (which I can’t think of without singing it to the tune of Glen Campbell’s Galveston). See you in a few days.

I Can’t Find My Way

Warpaint haven’t released much recently. Last year saw No Way Out come out digitally, the redux version, a full on seven minute excusion and an extra song I’ll Start Believing. No Way Out combines their signature sounds in one glorious package- the slightly stoned Californian multi-tracked vocals, the PiL bassline, the sparse, fluid guitars and the thumping drums. You’ll want to buy the full length version if you haven’t got it. As an added bonus they look alright too.

No Way Out (Redux)

Metal Dub

Death In Vegas have a new album called Transmission out very soon. DiV mainman Richard Fearless has moved back towards the backroom techno/acid area in the last couple of years. 2014’s Gamma Ray single was an intense delight, 808s aloft. At the end of last year Fearless put out a song called Metal Dub which I think is going to be the opener on Transmission. It sounds like metal dub.

This remix by DJ Richard is a stripped back version with a kind of low key euphoria finishing with some lovely drones. Stunning.

A Tale Of Two Cities

Strummerville, an annual mini-festival set up to commemorate Joe Strummer and his influence and enable a load of likeminded souls and bands to get together isn’t happening this year. Instead there is A Tale Of Two Cities, a twin city event with a full line up at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester and another at Off the Cuff in Herne Hill, South London, all filled with the spirit of the man himself. Tickets are £15 and some are still available. Ray Gange (from the film Rude Boy) and Clash and Strummer collaborator Tymon Dogg both appear in London and I can personally vouch that the between act DJ in Manchester, El Gadge, will be spinning some great records because I’ve heard him before. So if you’re free, and in either vicinity, get down there.

This song from Sandinista! was Paul Simonon’s tribute to blues parties ‘across the river in South London with a rocking bass and drum’ and has a very cool walking dub bassline.

The Crooked Beat

Why

Adrian Sherwood did a superb remix of Why Why Why by The Woodentops, dancefloor and dub friendly. It was on The Woodentops Imaginary Compilation Album series over at The Vinyl Villain at the start of April. Rolo McGinty’s group usually get referred to as indie-dance pioneers and that seems to be true enough, although their indie-dance sound doesn’t really sound anything like what the phrase ‘indie dance’ summons up. They crossed over to the Balearic scene in the mid-to-late 80s, the fast acoustic guitars and experimental nature of Why Why Why moving feet and minds. This Tony Johns and Dave Boreham version sounds really fresh.

Why Why Why (Balearic re-edit)

Acid Tabla

I reckon you could post daily about Adrian Sherwood for a year and not run out of interesting songs. This mix of Acid Tabla by Suns Of Arqa came out in February this year, a dubbed out Sherwood version and will cost you £1 from Bandcamp. Suns Of Arqa have been the vehicle for the pioneering musical adventures of Michael Wadada since 1979, since when he’s played with a couple of hundred musicians in the studio and live.

There’s also this hour long mix done for Carharrt Radio this month for your delectation, full of music from the back catalogues and unreleased goodies from the likes of Roots Manuva, Dub Syndicate, Congo Natty, Coldcut and Junior Delgado.

Ghetto Priest – Slave State (feat. Junior Delgado) [from forthcoming album “Slave State”]
Mark Stewart – Awidk [unreleased]
Nisennenmondai – 3 [from the newly released album “#N/A”]
Ital Horns with Dub Syndicate – Metropolis [from unreleased album “Blow The Man Down”]
Cha Cha – Dub No Frontiers (Excerpt) [unreleased]
Roots Manuva – Hit It (Alternative Version) [from current album “Bleeds”]
Dub Syndicate – Wadada (feat. Prince Far I) [from the 1991 album “Stoned Immaculate”]
Congo Natty – UK Allstars In Dub (Adrian Sherwood Remix) [from current album “Jungle Revolution In Dub”]
Coldcut/Adrian Sherwood feat. Junior Reid, Elan & Lee Perry [forthcoming project] – Divide And Rule
L.S.K. – Way Of The World [unreleased]
Denise Sherwood – Ghost Heart [unreleased]
Junior Delgado – None Shall Escape [unreleased classic version on “Masters of Deception” rhythm]
Missing Brazilians – Quicksand Beach Party [1981 original from the album “Warzone” reissue and also available on the Trevor Jackson compiled “Science Fiction Dancehall Classics”
Adrian Sherwood – Starship Bahia [from the album “Survival and Resistance”]