Little Axe and Moby – Discuss

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?

Discuss…

 

Box of Delights II – A Podcast

Open cardboard box closeup

Ha ha! I think I finally conquered Garageband and worked out how to make a podcast, even though there is no podcast button anymore!

Here is a very hastily constructed podcast that I made tonight as I was opening a box of my own records that I had sent myself from England.I don’t think I made quite the right music selection choices, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes! Enjoy!

 

Sounds on Sunday (16)

More diverse new sounds to wake up your Sunday – thanks to all contributors. Have a listen and let me know what you think, in the comments below – please also mention any new music you’d like to share. There’s a Soundcloud playlist for the first six tracks, followed by individual links to the other six tracks on Youtube, etc. Details as follows:

Sidizen King – Stuck in the Middle: The latest from Sidizen King, “The song takes the perspective of a guy who believes the girl he’s seeing wants commitment that he isn’t ready for. As the song progresses, he sheds his “player” persona and realizes that he actually does want exclusivity. The last verse finds him confessing his feelings to her – fully expecting her to reciprocate – when to his surprise, she’s the one who isn’t ready to commit. The song is meant to be fun on a superficial level but a careful review reveals a more serious sentiment … (i.e.) “a commentary on the non-committal nature of courtship in the “millennial” era and attempts to examine the feelings that come with being on either side of a relationship where one person wants more than the other.””

Puzzle – Little Black Book: Released on 17 January, lead single from upcoming EP Babylon, “Little Black Book” is a song about unrequited love and casual encounters magnified in the context of the digital age. (I sense a theme here – see Sidizen King, above).

Brandyn Burnette – Escape: Brandyn Burnette is a progressive soul producer/singer-songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri currently living in Los Angeles. This self taught, 3rd generation musician has crafted his own sound and style and found success writing hits for such artists as MKTO and Jake Miller as well as opening for such artists as James Bay and John Mayer.  His current project Cosmos & Creature has amassed over 10 million streams on Spotify and the latest single debuted at #3 on the Spotify Global Charts.

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#tinyjoys

lego-ecm

Yes, it’s a slightly naff hashtag, but the sentiment is perfect: in these dark times, we need to try to find comfort and relief where we can, to fortify ourselves for the struggle ahead. One of my #tinyjoys this week is the fact that my aubergine and Pimiento de Padron seeds are germinating – there’s always a period of nervous uncertainty, as peppers and related species take so long to sprout (and I’m still waiting for any sign of life from the habaneros). The other is the discovery of someone in Finland who improvises Lego sculptures to jazz albums; see @AjuArchIdiot on Twitter, but also this quixotic project to get Lego to produce an actual kit of the ECM studio, complete with Pat Metheny Group…

The Great British Spill Awards!

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the glorious land of green fields, quaint little towns dappled in the evening sunlight, and chocolate-box cottages full of cottage industry making innovative jams and the like, that is post-Brexit Britain. Make Britain Great Again? Quite unnecessary; we’ve always been Great, one just has to wipe away some of the accumulated grime that’s been blown in from foreign places to see it. But making the Spill Awards Great Again, when so many of you good people have shown a dangerous tendency in the past to side with the Enemies of the People – that’s a plan we can all get behind! So, as the fog machines get to work in the Channel and the tea urn chunters in the corner, pull up a folding wooden chair and don’t get too comfortable. Continue reading