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El Ritmo – August 2018
August 22, 2018, 11:01 am
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… things get (un)real as the legendary DJ Cheese Baker (aka John Bannister) of The Charisma Brothers joins Claude Mono on El Ritmo tonight… its all girls, gringos, Herb Alpert records, trumpets and dancing in your pyjamas… your Tue night Hi Fi journey…

Show re-stream here  – select 21 Aug 2018

Mixcloud < coming soon>

PLAYLIST

Chico Arnez – Havana 1850

Gerry Mulligan – Frisco Club

Marcos Valle – Pepino Beach

Joe Cuba – Bang Bang

Celso Murilo – Implorar

Baja Marimba – Flying High

Emanuel K Rahim & The Kahliqs – Spirit Of Truth

Soul Bossa Trio – Call Me, Mr Vibes

Mongo Santamaria – Green Onions

Senor Coconut – Tour De France

Osibisa – Keep On Trying

Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekala – Skokiaan

Tokyo Paradise Ska Orchestra – Baby Elephant Walk

United Future Organisation – Loud Minority

The Chopsticks – Mas Que Nada

Chris Montez – The Face I Love

Joe Cuba Sextet – El Pito: Never Go Back To Georgia

Afrique – Soul Makossa

Abdul Tee-Jay’s Rokoto – Kanka Kuru

Celso Murilo & Conjunto Drink – Tem Que Balanca

Stefi Akos – Mariguana Cha-cha-cha

Soledad Miranda – El color del amor

Horace Silver – Song for my Father

Sergio Mendez – One Note Samba

Astrud Gilberto & James Last – Caravan

The Charisma Brothers – Elle

Herb Alpert – Spanish Flea

Herb Alpert – Tijuana Taxi

Herb Alpert – Rise

 

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Siamese Dream – Indie
August 3, 2018, 10:19 am
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its all 90s sticky carpet, cheap drinks and falling in love on the dancefloor under the strobe lights at The Firm Nightclub upstairs at The Old Melbourne Hotel. Not a ‘classics’ set but a few of my fave indie-dance tracks, some shoegaze. some obscurities and some remixes, and even a few post-millennium hidden-gems to prove great sounds never die… Claude Mono

Listen to the show re-stream here

Listen to the HQ Mixcloud Mixtape here – just the music

PLAYLIST (for the Mixcloud Mixtape)

SIAMESE DREAM INTRO – Claude’s Remix

Stereolab – Brakhage (BBC Peel Session -1997)

New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big 1990

The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal Blue Danube Orbital mono mix

Primal Scream – Star – Vanishing Point – 1997

The Soup Dragons – I’m Free (Terry Farley Mix) – 1990

The Farm – Groovy Train (Train Jumped at 3.30 am Mix) – 1993

The Happy Mondays – Clap Your Hands – 1988

Dead Can Dance – Threshold – Dead Can Dance – 1984

MARRS aka A R Kane – Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance) Remix – 1987

Lush – Sweetness and Light – 1999

Slowdive – Crazy for Love (Live on KEXP 2017)

SPC ECO – For All Time

Paris Angels – Perfume (all on you) – 1991

Ozean – Porcelain – 1992

The Bilinda Butchers – All My Friends

Devilish Dear – These Sunny Days

My Bloody Valentine – Soon (Andy Weatherall Remix) – 1990

Silver Bullet – 20 Seconds to Comply – 1991

Slowdive – Moussaka Chaos

Bauhaus vs. She Wants Revenge – Bela Lugosi Tears You Apart 2006 vs. 1982

Pulp – This is Hardcore (Extended) – 1997

The Flaming Lips – Race for the Prize (live at Fredonia University) – 1999

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Soulsides Kid Soul and Soul Families Mixtape
April 14, 2018, 3:04 am
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SOULSIDES on RTRFM

Radio show and mixtape.

Its a Claude Mono Deluxe Edition exploring the fabulous sounds of the totally badly named ‘kid soul’ subgenre – plus some other soul families – and some other funky beautiful soul things.

Show restream here – includes Claude’s chit chat sleeve notes

Mixcloud here –  remastered and just the music!!

PLAYLIST

The Jackson 5 – There Was A Time – Live At The Forum

The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save – ABC

The Turner Brothers – Cause I Love You (Paolo Scotti & Giacomo Silvestri Sun Sound Re-Edit)

Nancy Dupree – James Brown – Ghetto Reality

Little Gary Ferguson – I Feel Good

The Triads – If You’re Looking for Love – Home Schooled- The ABCs of Kid Soul

Hassan – Ghetto King – Eccentric Soul The Bandit Label

Majestic Arrows – Another Day – Eccentric Soul The Bandit Label

Majestic Arrows – I’ll Never Cry for Another Boy – Eccentric Soul The Bandit Label

Stevie Wonder – Soul Bongo and La La La La La – The 12 Year Old Genius – Recorded Live

Sisters Love – Give Me Your Love

The Eight Minutes – I Can’t Get No Higher – An American Family

The Promise – I’m Not Ready For Love – Home Schooled- The ABCs of Kid Soul

The Isley Brothers – Love The One Your With  – Givin It All Back

Little Jimmy Gandy – I’m Not Like The Others

Stevie Wonder – Hey Love – Down To Earth

The Jackson 5 – Michael The Lover

Altyrone Deno Brown – Thought I Was a Playboy – Eccentric Soul The Bandit Label

Bethlehem Centre Childrens Choir – I’m a Special Kid

The Man Child Singers – Right On

The Five Stairsteps – Danger She’s a Stranger

Foster Sylvers – When I’m Near You

Foster Sylvers – Misdemeanor (Mr. K Remix)

Linda Lewis – Reach For The Truth – Lark

The Sylvers – Remember the Rain

Fathers Children – Who’s Gonna Save The World

Boddie Acetate – Let The Children Play

The Sylvers – Hotline – Something Special – Mixcloud only

The Jackson 5 – Goin Places – Goin Places – Mixcloud only

Duwende – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

Start exploring…

The Man Child Singers – The lone 45 by Man Child Singers is a musical snapshot of an anti-nuclear family, worthy of a framing for the staircase wall. Sue, Merl Jr., and Tony Saunders experienced the Summer Of Love firsthand through their pre-Grateful Dead father Merl Saunders. Their big “break” came when the San Francisco Giants commissioned Merl Sr. to write and record a commercial jingle. Team Saunders was enlisted to do the vocal work. The drafting continued with Big Time Buck White, a political musical written by Merl Sr. and family friend Ed Lewis, which featured both the Saunders and Lewis kids. The resulting Sumertone 45, “Mighty Whitey” b/w “Right On,” is a completely sincere sign-of-the-times by kids too hip by half.

Altyrone Deno Brown – Altyrone Deno Brown’s childhood home was both harem and commune, with anywhere from eight to ten women sharing a bed and paycheck with Arrow Brown, his father. Acting as manager and agent for his son, Bandit Records proprietor Brown hit the pavement, looking to exploit the burgeoning talent around him. Deno spent nights singing Sam Cooke to patrons of Chicago’s south side club circuit. Instead of school, Deno auditioned and rehearsed.

 

 

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The Golden Apples of the Sun Radio Show Links
April 14, 2018, 2:51 am
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In case you have not been there…the links to the Golden Apples of the Sun Radio Show

RTRFM www with show restreams here

Golden Apples Blog with show info , links, videos and all the mixtapes here

Mixcloud mixtapes here

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Mind-Warp Pavilion 2 Bowie Mixtape
February 1, 2018, 12:41 pm
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MWP2 – Mind Warp Pavilion A celebration of the life and times of David Bowie.

I am honoured to be invited to DJ again this year. If I think about David Bowie in 2018 and The Mind-warp Pavilion 2 it is probably the expansiveness of it all that is so unique.

Over 40 artists coming together whose experiences of just one artist span decades. From those that have known, listened to, and been inspired by Bowie all of their lives to those that are just discovering the profound influence of the ‘shape shifter’ on the music of today …and tomorrow.

Being of the MTV Generation I am now pretty sure the song and video to ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and its lyrical references to Major Tom were a possible starting point to my own discovery of the body of his work that both preceded and followed. But my passion focuses around the ‘funk and soul’ years commencing 1975 with Young Americans, then Station to Station, and then through the complete ‘Berlin Trilogy’ of Low, Heroes and Lodger ending in 1979. I could spend the rest of my life exploring Bowie’s music and other artistic work within and around just these years.

I also do love some of the side projects and collaborations such as Goldie (Truth), Moroder (Cat People), and Metheny (This is not America), and I am pretty sure only Bowie could have ended his career with an album as good as Blackstar. Everyday in 2018 and for years to come there will be a musician somewhere doing a great cover or reinterpretation of a Bowie classic, or even better an obscurity, and feeling good about it, and their own love of music.

This year’s mixtape, like last years, is handcrafted with love and contains originals, remixes, covers and other interesting little things… hope you enjoy it

Claude – January 2018

MWP2 Bowie HQ mixtape here

PLAYLIST

Vide – Heroes (on Piano)

Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 Excerpt

David Bowie – Helden/Heroes

Emma Wells – Heroes (Stripped Down)

Goldie – Truth (feat David Bowie)

David Bowie – Telling Lies (Adam F Mix)

David Bowie – I’m Deranged

David Bowie – Young Americans 1975 Funky Purrfection Version

Duran Duran – Fame

David Bowie – Fame (Mojo Filter Incognito Dub)

David Bowie – A Better Future [Remix by Air]

Carla Bruni – Absolute Beginners

David Bowie – The Angels Have Gone

David Bowie – Pallas Athena

The Mantra ATSMM – Space Oddity

Peter Murphy (Bauhuas) – Space Oddity

Last year’s playlist and mixtape link are here

 

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el ritmo Eastern Block Party 2

El Ritmo Eastern Block Party 2

Found in a box of old cassettes in a street market just off Red Square in Moscow now lovingly restored and remastered… two of the finest hours of community radio ever broadcast…

Diskoteka – Victor Klaudemono and Katerina Savinova

handwritten on the cassette…

Since the end of the Soviet Union a new tradition is that many Russians now celebrate Christmas on 25 December instead of 7 January. A less well-known tradition is that after having spent time with their families Moscow’s young and hip head out Boxing Day evening on buses and trams to late-night parties where they listen to jazz, and funk from the Eastern Block, Western pop, and Melodiya label disco records… later in the evening someone always puts on their favourite Red Army Choir LP for a sing-a-long… this year there is a party at the tiny apartment of Victor and Katerina and you are invited…

Get the Mixtape… Mixcloud HQ extended edition here

PLAYLIST

Sputnik Documentary (excerpt)

Chorus & Disco Company – Alfred Wśród Ptaków

N Sokolov – Safari (KMTR’s extended re-edit)

Gorky Park – Moscow Calling

Alisa – VPut (On the Road)

Julia Alexandrova – I Will Survive

The Red Army Choir – Get Lucky (Daft Punk)

The Red Army Choir – Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Kraftwerk vs. Telex – The Moskow Robots

Nautilus Pomilius – Krilja (Wings)

Kino – Zvezda Po Imeni Solntse (A Star Called Sun)

Litsey – Zvezda (Star)

Valeriy Meladze – Verni Moyu Lyubov (Give Me My Love Back)

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo – In The Woods

Vitali Kleinot and Georgi Garanians Ensemble – White Music

Russya – Don’t Stand by my Window

Forum – Lets Call each Other

Agata Kristie – Fairy Taiga (Fairytale)

Neschastnyy Sluchay – esli b ne bylo tebya (if there was no you)

Velly Joonas ‎- käes on aeg (Feel Like Makin Love)

Vlad Shishkarev – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)

Valery Meladze – Devushai iz Vishego (Girls from High Society)

Igor Petrenko Orchestra – Disco

Igor Petrenko Orchestra – I Can’t Stop

Pro Arte – Ko Vječnu Tugu Nosi, Taj Ima Pravo Da Pjeva

Kedr Livanskiy – Love & Cigarettes

Vitas – 7th Element (2002 Version)

Verasy – Polet (electro disco, Belarus USSR, 1985)

…more vodka

Check out last year’s Eastern Block Party One

…more VHS  Videos?

 

 

 

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Claude Mono Best of 2017…not really

What you haven’t been waiting for… less a best of and more a reflection on some great music that influenced my listening this year. It’s a 2017 list but has tracks from 1974 and even 1981 (and why not) plus this year for the first time so I can enjoy it (and now you can) there is a genre-busting tightrope-walking mixtape you can listen to anywhere…

The mixtape tracklist and link is at the bottom of the post

Mixtape Sleeve Notes

Tennis …infomercial

Tennis – I miss that feeling – We Can Die Happy EP

Tennis – No Exit – We Can Die Happy EP

With my usual thanks to Sean Rowley I have been following Tennis for a year or so now and am dipping into a catalogue that commences back in 2010. Tennis are husband-and-wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore and they have developed and nurtured a unique ‘very Tennis sound’ supported with some ‘very Tennis videos’– a kind of electronic AOR commercial pop aesthetic but with many more time-warped layers. 2017 has been a big year ever as the previously under the radar love-duo went completely independent starting up their own label Mutually Detrimental for the release of their fourth LP Unconditionally Yours which then proceeded to go overground and is a classic. In a moment of surprise and celebration for Patrick and Alaina the vinyl release  charted in the mid-year’s top ten list of best-selling vinyl albums, in-between Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon!!. And in a bonus for fans late in the year the ‘We Can Die Happy’ EP was released and could really be Yours Conditionally Pt. 2 it promises endless enjoyment and is worth repeated listening. Stand out tracks are I miss That Feeling and No Exit.

The XX – I Dare You – I See You

 

From way back at the start of the year the song has stuck with me all year. I think it’s the cinematic video/ Even used it as an anchor track on my Sofia Coppola Mixtape 2

The XX are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith also known as Jamie XX (beats, MPC, record production) known for the dual vocalist setup of both Croft and Sim you may also remember this Jamie XX video 

 

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Sacred Project – Find Me Finding You

Laetitia Sadier’s fourth post-Stereolab solo offering is (…well) very Stereolab. I really loved one track where Phil MFU’s “inner Jean-Jacques Perrey is allowed off the leash in spacey closing song Sacred Project”.

The Clientele – Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself –  Music for the Age of Miracles

 

In 2017 a beautiful new Clientele Album….

The Stargazer Lilies – Fukitol – Lost

What a band and only three LPs deep – I loved 2016’s Door To The Sun and its tracks like Golden Key and 2013’s ‘We Are The Dreamers’. 2017’s LP ‘Lost’ is a crowd funded album of lost tracks that never made it to physical format. Some of the bands most popular tracks as well as never before released songs. Kim Field, John Cep, and Sam Art or Tammy Hirata are The Stargazer Lilies Always amazing dream pop/shoegaze/psychedelic videos and equally dreamy artwork

Devilish Dear – I Wanna Do It

Devilish Dear – These Sunny Days

Being one who truly believes its never too late to get into a genre, this year I got even more into shoegaze and dreampop than last year. Devilish Dear from Sao Paulo, Brazil were a lucky accidental discovery. The track ‘I Wanna Do It’ is amazing. Brazilian shoegaze that incorporates synths and veers into dark electronica. The group has never played a show – and doesn’t plan to – and the album is free to download from Bandcamp.  A review in February in the very returnable series  Overblown’s “new band of the day”   was all I needed “It’s kind of like if a Madchester band had been led by Kevin Shields. Dancey, grooving rhythms are laid down behind the swirling, reverb drenched guitars, and ghostly vocals”.

The James L’Estrange Orchestra – Closer – Eventual Reality

Soulful and jazzy ‘Closer’ is a stand out spiritually uplifting track with a beautifully matched engaging video. In 2014 seasoned producer and musician Ricky Reid and his partner retreated from the city of Edinburgh to embark upon a new life in a secluded cabin in the Scottish Highlands, in his own words “away from the constant, incoherent noise of the world” Ricky utilised an array of numerous musician friends and their visits to his new wilderness home and late night jamming and recording sessions, to lay down the sound bed that became Eventual Reality leaving behind hidden treasures to be discovered and lovingly pieced together by Ricky over the following months. As label BBE describe it “With nostalgia so much a part of the album’s creation, The James L’Estraunge Orchestra can’t help but appear somewhat spectral; after all they are truly the band that never was”.

Floating Points – Reflections – Mojave Desert – Film/Album

Full film link here

2017 saw the release of Reflections – Mojave Desert. In late August 2016, Samuel T Shepherd (Floating Points) and his band travelled to the Mojave Desert to write and rehearse before the start of their US tour.Whilst visiting Joshua Tree National Park, they were struck not only by its physical beauty, but also by the sonic reflections from the rock formations; A unique combination of reverb, echo and phase shifting modulating the surrounding sounds of the landscape. The desert environment and musical performances were documented in a 27 minute film directed by Anna Diaz Ortuno. Musically sprawling with comparisons to Pink Floyd’s own iconic concert film, 1972’s Live at Pompei. Andy Beta in the Pitchfork review  “The intensity that Floating Points attains at the peak of “Kelso Dunes” is exhilarating: You almost hear the small group achieving lift-off and floating a few feet off the desert ground”. Instrumentally intense and anchored by Susumu Mukai on Bass, Leo Taylor on Drums and Alex Reeve on guitar while Matthew Kirkis plays Guitar, Synthesizer [ARP Odyssey], and Sam Shepard plays Synthesizer [Buchla 200e], Synthesizer [EMS Synthi], Synthesizer [Rhodes Chroma], Synthesizer [Oberheim OB-8], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Electric Organ [Hammond Organ], Recorder [Telinga Parabolic Microphone]

 

Gilroy Mere – The Green Line – The Green Line

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A ‘folk-rock Lou Reed’… Gilroy Mere is Oliver Cherer who is Dollboy.The Green Line LP came out in 2017 on Frances Castle’s wonderful label Clay Pipe Records. The L’Histoire de Dollboy…(from Delusions of Adequacy) goes like ”A prodigious musical polymath whose varied musical guises include his multi-faceted alter-ego of Dollboy, the electro-stylings of The Assistant, the motodisco of Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc., and the freshly-minted ambient Gilroy Mere, Oliver Cherer returns to his folk heart-land with The Myth Of Violet Meek, his first orthonym release since 2014’s critically acclaimed Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts. A formidable, multi-layered and psychologically nuanced work, Violet Meek draws, musically, on the classic English folk-rock of Fairport and Fotheringay and the wilder imaginative shores of Robert Wyatt and Roy Harper with an abundance of pure, original, idiosyncratic Cherer talent. Morally akin to a Ben Wheatley film rendered into music, Meek takes us on an historically-flavoured yet timeless journey through hard lives, harsh judgements, misogyny and sexual transgression in a musical/lyrical melange best described as ‘folk-rock Lou Reed’.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Bosses Hang (Pt. I, II & III) – Luciferian Towers

 

You’ll get it… “The track ‘Bosses Hang‘ starts out with a spacious three-chord progression underneath washes of strings before the guitars introduce the song’s central motif, bringing with it the record’s first star-gazing moment. Even though we’re nearly ten minutes into Luciferian Towers by this point, it feels like the true beginning of the record – everything up to now has just been scene-setting. After giving that melody the crescendo it deserves, the band bring things back down several notches for one of their trademark patient builds, working various interlocking parts together throughout the second and third acts of the suite before, in the final moments returning to that initial melody and chord progression with crushing power”.

Vic Mars – Roced – The Consumer Programme

Vic Mars – The Road Through The Village – The Land and the Garden

This year’s album from Vic Mars ‘The Consumer Programme’ did not come out on Clay Pipe Music coming out instead on Polytechnic Youth. But that’s really just an excuse to include the video of the absolute timeless classic ‘The Road Through The Village’ from 2015’s The Land And The Garden LP which I shamefully neglected to discover until this year. Delusions of Adequacy said of The Consumer Programme “whilst the nostalgic pastoralism of The Land And The Garden sat well in the pyschogeographical-centric Clay Pipe catalogue, the analogue-electronica miniatures of The Consumer Programme are a near-perfect transfer dealmaking currency for joining the Polytechnic Youth team…we’re treated to a broad selection of wordless synth and drum machine driven compositions that cover a lot of well-plotted terrain.  For starters, this includes joining the dots between the glistening pulsing pleasures of Listening Center’s Cycles/Other Phenomena and charmingly idealistic late-‘70s/early-‘80s British TV science programme soundtracks (“The Leisure Centre”, “The Consumer Programme” and “Soced”).  Whilst in other places the pioneers of classic kosmische are given generous tributes (for the mysterious Tangerine Dream-like “Lloeren”, the whirring Cluster-channelling blissfulness of “The Intermission” and the lush but loose Ralf Und Florian-era Kraftwerk serenity of “A Hillman To Berlin”).

John Foxx – Empty Avenues and Dark Corners (Pye Corner Audio Mix) – Empty Avenues

With the ascendency in 2017 of the 80s aesthetic Ghost Box Records delivers its answer to ‘Stranger Things’ in the form of a meeting of The Belbury Circle and 80s electronic music icon John Foxx and his appearance on two amazing albums Empty Avenues and Outward Journeys. The latter the first full length LP for th Ghost Box collaborative project between Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) and Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly). As you have come to trust from Ghost Box impeccable artwork and music come together yet again to create yet another ‘new-Hauntology’.

Dust-  Dark Pleasures

 

Dust – Past Future

This year was also the year I discovered Minimal Wave thanks to watching and listening to pretty much everything by the Minimal Wave Label head honcho Veronica Vasicka starting with her amazing Boiler Room mix. Her occasional DJ mixes bring together classic electronic artists like Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk and DAF but place them directly in the context of her new productions creating amazing 30 year journeys. Dusk is one of her projects. I like their videos and I think I’d call them Disco-wave. By the way this year I have spent way too much time watching videos of French 80s synthwave.

Witnessing – Gary Shearston – Follow the Sun

The amazing compilations keep coming. Last year’s Sky Girl  was top of the game with its “intimacy of a handmade mixtape, so private and confessional that it could only have been meant for one person’s ears”. My compilation of the year this year came out on Anthology Recordings and Mexican Summer and was a double LP containing 20 tracks of lost gems from the dusty fringes of 70s Australian Psych and Folk – pure gold.

till 2018….

Mixtape over at Mixcloud here

Tracklisting

Tennis – I miss that feeling – We Can Die Happy EP

Tennis – No Exit – We Can Die Happy EP

The XX – I Dare You – I See You

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Sacred Project – Find Me Finding You

The Clientele  – Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself – Music for the Age of Miracles

The Stargazer Lilies – Fukitol – Lost

Devilish Dear – I Wanna Do It

Devilish Dear – These Sunny Days

The James L’Estrange Orchestra – Closer – Eventual Reality

Floating Points – Reflections – Mojave Desert – Film/Album

Gilroy Mere – The Green Line

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Bosses Hang (Pt. I, II & III)

Vic Mars – Roced – The Consumer Programme

John Foxx – Empty Avenues and Dark Corners (Pye Corner Audio Mix) – Empty Avenues

Dust – Past Future

Dust – Dark Pleasures

Witnessing – Gary Shearston – Follow the Sun

BUT WAIT there is more….

You can explore previous years audio and video musings as all linkage is intact.

Nice track – who is that? – Best of 2016

Best Videos of 2015

Golden Apples of the Sun – Nice Things 2015

Top Ten of 2014

 

 

 

 

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