Now It Is I Who Possess The Cosmic Power Which Once Was His!

Doctor Doom, perennial enemy of the Fantastic Four, has frazzled the Surfer and is now ‘invincibly superior…  and has attained powers without limit– power enough to challenge Galactus himself!’ We all know how this ends- overconfidence is always the downfall of a supervillain. Even Victor von Doom.

Jack Kirby’s artwork doesn’t make me think of reggae too often- Lee Perry’s Super Ape sleeve art and a few others aside- but in a week of new music today I offer you the honeyed voice of Hollie Cook and some wonderfully poppy reggae vibes on this single Freefalling which comes out tomorrow. An album, Vessel Of Love, produced by Youth is following in January.

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Youth

Youth, formerly Martin Glover and bassist for Killing Joke, is in the chair of a new Dub Trees project with an album out this month, tying together Jah Wobble, Matt Black from Coldcut, field recordings from India, druids, flutes and pipes and harps, Hinduism, Gaelic fiddles and those wonderful chugging basslines. This one is pretty dubby, with some Orb ambient-house style production and a generally laid back vibe. If the Bandcamp player doesn’t load below (and it didn’t the other night when I was writing this) try here.

Mother Dawn

I keep getting drawn back into the seemingly bottomless world of remixes by The Orb. This one’s from a 12″ released in 1992 and is the third and lengthiest of the pack, a long dub groove bringing together the best parts of Mixes 1 and 2 while extending them outwards.

Mother Dawn (Buckateer Mix 3)

Blue Pearl were best known for their 1990 hit Naked In The Rain, chart rave which I’ve got a soft spot for. Produced by Youth, hence the remix connection. 808 State’s Graham Massey was involved in producing and remixing too.

Aeronauts

I’m enjoying the new Andrew Weatherall project. No surprise there you might say. The Woodleigh Research Facility’s The Phoenix Suburb (And Other Stories) is eight songs spread over four sides of vinyl (download to follow in February from Rotters Golf Club). Weatherall and Nina Walsh’s sound is rhythm and bass led, guitars added by Franck Alba and on the final track by Youth. Entirely instrumental every song is long, up to nine or ten minutes, allowed to unwind fully, taking its time and in no rush to get anywhere. Not that they drift aimlessly either- there’s some of the Sabres Of Paradise dubbiness plus some of Two Lone Swordsmen’s abstractness. Going further and deeper.

There’s probably a few vinyl copies left if you hurry. As Drew and I discussed over Twitter the other night the only disappointment is the lack of a proper sleeve- two discs and a single card insert inside a plastic bag.

Taqiya

My continuing exploration of the musical adventures of Andrew Weatherall goes on. It’s not my fault really- he keeps putting new stuff out, has been in a purple patch for some time now and is the sort of artist the internet was made for. This is a newie from the forthcoming Woodleigh Research Facility album, recorded with former Sabrettes main woman Nina Walsh and on this song Youth. It’s long and dubby with distorted horn noises and a chuggy rhythm.

Spanish Castles

Listening and posting that Orb remix of Lisa Stansfield at the start of the week (available on Aubrey’s Excursions Two, which is full of great remixes of a wide variety of folk) led me back to the first Aubrey Mixes album- The Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions. It was released and deleted on the same day (December 14th 1991) and has six different mixes of Orb tracks from their golden period, all of which are worth your time. The cd version had a seventh track…

Spanish Castles In Space (Extended Youth Remix)

Some very bad blog management to report- I’ve exceeded my Boxnet bandwidth with a third of the month to go and 4 Shared suspended my account a while ago. I’ve gone back to Mediafire for the time being which caused some people a few problems last time. Let me know.

And there’s this as well from the Aubrey Versions Two album, a remix of Wendy and Lisa- a stunning slice of blissed out, woozy dub pop. Earworm.