Magic Hour

Richard Norris (ex-The Grid) has a new Time And Space Machine 12″ out shortly, four songs plus the Cornershop remix posted above. All manner of groovy, psychedelic spaced out sounds abound and at a fiver value for money too. The last time I posted a Time And Space machine track Mr Norris left a comment telling me off. So no download, listen only.

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Sarah

Our dear friend Sarah Howson was diagnosed with cancer a little over a year ago. She died on Friday August 2nd, aged only 42. We had just arrived at our campsite in the French Alps when we got a message saying that she had gone. Today is her funeral- I am reading the eulogy (which I hope to make it through without crying and can’t guarantee). She was a wonderful, warm, funny person who has provided no end of friendship to us. She leaves behind a husband and three girls, a huge number of friends and a lot of memories.

Sleep On The Left Side (Ashley Beedle’s Right Hand Extended Remix)

This is a link to a Justgiving page, if you feel like donating. Fucking cancer.

>Terry Meets Julie And Tjinder

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Waterloo Sunset is one of those songs that probably shouldn’t be covered, it being some kind of high water mark for mid 60s songwriting. I’m not sure the original Kinks version can be improved on, and there’s maybe not much you can do with it other than do it straight (a jazz-metal deconstruction anyone? Sixteen minute techno epic?). I suppose bands do it to pay homage or just because it’s fun to play.

Cornershop’s version, a bonus track from 2009’s Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast, works pretty well though- recognisably Cornershop with Tjinder Singh’s vocals and some sitar near the start without destroying the original’s charm. Funny band Cornershop. Their breakthrough album When I Was Born For The Second Time was full of great little songs, a mish-mash of styles, and a real wonky charm. It also had that Norman Cook remix of Brimful Of Asha. I love the original, not am too fond of the remix. They seem to have spent the last fourteen years running away from it and success. I bought 2002’s Handcream For A Generation but can’t really remember much about it other than it had the dreaded Noel Gallagher collaboration and was glam rock in parts. Still, they don’t repeat themselves, clearly have wide-ranging record collections and influences, and bring an Asian identity to parts of the music scene not known for cross cultural pollination, so good on ’em.