The World Is Cold And Times Are Bad

In 1987 Ce Ce Rogers and Marshall Jefferson made Someday, one of the definitive early house music records and the first house record released on a major label. From the warm, bouncing bassline to Ce Ce’s vocal and the optimism of the lyrics, it is a record that leaves better than when it found you.

Someday

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You In My Hut Now

A full on, all the bells and whistles, Marshall Jefferson sampling 1988 hip-house hit (with the emphasis on house as much as the hip hop) from Jungle Brothers and Todd Terry on production. Still sounds massive and still likely to cause spontaneous dancing and throwing of shapes.

I’ll House You

Raise Your Hands

This tune from 1990 by Indica All Stars was released on The Orb’s WAU! Mr Modo record label. Listening to it you will see why. This is dub-house or reggae-house with a skanking bassline, a very 1990 vocal sample borrowed from Marshall Jefferson and enough charm to put a big smile on your Monday morning face.

Open Your Eyes (Original)

Let It Roll

Sometimes I find I just want something big, brassy and up front- musically I mean, I’m not after not a Coronation Street matriarch coming round to beat me with a rolling pin. The rolling bass, cowbell and drumbreak of Doug Lazy’s 1990 hit Let it Roll are instantly recognisable. Partly inspired by Mantronix this was quickly labelled hip house- and that’s exactly what it is. House music’s beat and groove with hip hops clothes and vocals. Doug Lazy was a Washington DC radio dj, got a break in a studio, sampled Marshall Jefferson, MARRS and Big Daddy Kane and went top 30 in the US and then all over Europe. This record was a big favourite in certain clubs up north and while the rapping might sound a little dated but it still has groove in spades.

Let It Roll

Time Marches On

The Lighthouse At St Agnes by Frederick Uhlman
I read an article about an exhibition currently on in Eastbourne recently and the pictures and story really caught my eye. In the middle of the 20th century Lyons Teashops were present in almost every town, providing a cup of tea, slice of cake and decent food. After the war, when decorating supplies were scarce, Lyons Teashops were looking shabby and in need of some care and attention. Lyons commissioned many of Britain’s top artists to provide prints to cover up tatty paintwork. The artists got a decent commission and a cut from each sale of runs of the pictures (1500 of each  were made). Today’s artists would be far too expensive and above themselves to consider such a proposition- but not the Art For All context of the late ’40s and early ’50s. What I like about them is the way they manage to be both fairly modernist in style while fairly nostalgic in tone and subject. The modernist impulse of post-war reconstruction coupled with looking back at a time before bombs fell out of the sky on a nightly basis perhaps. The exhibition is on now at The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. I suppose it’s pretty unlikely I’ll find myself in Eastbourne between now and the end of September. 
Hastings by Edwin La Dell
The River Rother At Rye by Clifford Frith
Albert Bridge by Carel Weight

                                                         The Shire Hall by Lynton Lamb

                                                      Landscape With  Bathers by John Nash

Music? How about this, totally unrelated thematically and musically but maybe not philosophically- an epic piece of 1988 house from Marshall Jefferson (hiding behind the Jungle Wonz name). It does that trick the truly great house tracks did of being utterly uplifting while using melancholic chords. Time marches on.

Time Marches On (Club Mix)