I subscribe to Spotify – some of you won’t like that, I know. I got rid of our turntable, CD player, speakers and amp and have yet to replace them, so the only way I get to play music that isn’t the radio is streaming tracks from either my iTunes library or Spotify through my Sonos. Every week Spotify pushes a new playlist to me called Discover Weekly. It is made up of tracks based on my listening habits – it’s how I came across Lift to Experience. The other week a track popped up called Ride On and I thought “ooh that sounds like Play era Moby” but it wasn’t Moby, it was this guy called Little Axe and the album the track came from was The Wolf That House Built.
Play by Moby is the sort of album most people have in their record collection. It was quite different to the work that came before it which was predominantly techno-ish club music. Play melded a bluesy sound with electronica, it felt mellower to me than his previous work and as I’d pretty much stopped going clubbing by this time, it also felt a bit more grown up; an album you could stay in and chill out with. For Moby it was a breakthrough as it brought him international acclaim when it was released in 1999 (remember that year).
I think Little Axe is the stage name of musician Skip Macdonald, but I’m not entirely sure because in some places I’ve seen Little Axe referred to as a group. Wiki doesn’t tell me much about Macdonald other than he’s worked with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five which fails to explain the awesomeness of The Wolf that House Built released in 1994 and the later album Hard Grind released in 2002. Both albums ooze blues, jazz and dub rhythms with a hint of electronica thrown in over repeating deep south samples. The Wolf That House Built is so reminiscent of Play and yet it came a full 5 years ahead of Moby’s seminal work.
Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to fill in the gaps in my musical knowledge. What can you tell me about all this and who else should I be tracking down?
I have had “Mr Noah” by Panda Bear (his 2007 LP was my fave of that year) on repeat for the last two weeks & is the mpst bizarre earworm as I have no clue at all what he’s singing about, apart from he won’t get out of bed except for chips & egg? Maybe? And it’s definately dog themed….maybe….
I thought it may be fun if we have a guess at the lyrics, without googling (who wants the truth? not me!) and see what comes out of the morass?
“You may possibly not be the right place to send new music, but seeing as you have a deep fondness for all things produced by the mighty Sherwood, have this link anyway.
The Cutler is myself and Steve Cobby ex of Fila Brazillia (who you have featured on your postings)
Former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason’s 2010 album was voted best of the year in the ‘Spill album of the year awards, and now he’s back with a follow up. In revolutionary mode, “Fight Them Back” is primo Mason, with the signature dual vocal melody outro in place and a scathing Tony Blair sample to finish with. I bloody love it, goosebumps time, and yeah it’s about time the corrupt capitalist system got a boot in the face.
Oh the joy, the relief, the sheer “Thank-F**K-for-that”-edness! (Sorry yet again for the swearies, TFD; I really AM trying to cut down on my bad language.) Computer back, seemingly fixed, installed, online, and all elements so far talking to each other without any problem. Better than that, the PC is now sat on my new one-piece desk which feels so much bigger than the old one I almost feel like inviting you all over to come and have a picnic on it!
So excuse me a little noisy indulgence, whilst I sit back at my workspace and enjoy a few stress-free minutes, before the reality of just how much admin work I’ll now have to catch up on dawns on me.
Yes, that’s right ‘Spillers, an all-new PODCAST! Long overdue, I know….but, better late than never, right? Well, don’t agree until you’ve listened to it !
It’s a very random and eclectic mix based on whatever was in my box of records at the time….and there were so many I didn’t get to that I wanted to include. They’ll have to wait until next time, I suppose.
Listen until the end for some exciting news ! Well, exciting for me, not perhaps for anyone else !
Steve Mason, who won the coveted ‘Spill album of the year 2010 for “Boys Outside” has gone and made a dub version, of the whole album. In cahoots with legendary producer Dennis Bovell (Linton Kwesi Johnson, I-Roy Janet Kay, The Pop Group, Orange Juice, The Slits) to boot.
Here’s a preview from “Ghosts Outside”
I always liked “No Protection” the Mad Professor dub album of Massive Attack’s “Protection” record more than the original, doncha know?