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el ritmo Eastern Block Party 2

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…

Re-stream here

Mixcloud HQ with Bonus Tracks  < coming soon>

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)

Kedr Livanskiy – Love & Cigarettes

More vodka

Check out last year’s Eastern Block Party One

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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

Listen here

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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Sofia Coppola Mixtape 2
October 4, 2017, 10:09 am
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“Picture me and then you start watching

Watching forever

Forever”

 

Sofia Coppola Mixtape 2 – the second in a very occasional series of imaginary soundtracks of music and dialogue from Sofia Coppola films and other sounds that just feel right. If you enjoy listening to it then you might also enjoy the first mixtape Lost in Translation 2

HQ Mixcloud here

Tracklist

the amps – tipp city – pacer (featured in Lick the Star)

phoenix – love like a sunset (long version) – wolfgang amadeus phoenix (featured in Somewhere)

tape waves – age of consent

the stargazer lilies – well versed to verb doubt – we are the the dreamers

the stargazer lilies – golden key music – door to the sun

the xx – i dare you – i see you

the radio dept – david – clinging to a scheme

ariel pink – feels like heaven

chemical brothers – the state were in (campfire bootleg) (featured in Lost in Translation)

avicii – levels (instrumental) (featured in Bling Ring)

chateau marmont – wind blows – the maze

sebastien tellier – look – sexuality

fazerdaze – bedroom talks – morningside

slowdive – crazy for you – pygmalion

kevin shields – 2- stereo remix

siouxsie and the banshees – fireworks

venn – ceremony

death in vegas – girls by death in vegas (featured in Lost in Translation)

…and have you seen this…

Lick the Star is a 14-minute-long black and white 16mm short film, and was the first film written and directed by Sofia Coppola back in 1998.

…love Coppola-esque videos?



Get Claude – el ritmo
September 6, 2017, 1:39 pm
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”Claude…You’re not supposed to blow the bloody turntables up!!”

Mixcloud HQ Mixtape here – just the music

Show re-stream here  – Select 5 September 2017 – does include Claude talking

PLAYLIST

Roy Budd Meets MB – Get Carter (Heavy Drum Mix)

Burning Banzai – Carter Takes a Train

Stereolab – Get Carter

Stefano Torossi – Fearing Much

Giancarlo Gazzani – Under Drama

Goblin – Death Dies

Group Modular – Acid Wheels

Big Boss Man – Oh my Gawd

Psychemagik – Spiced Odyssey

Bobby Hughes Combination – Seasons/Goi(Vegetarian remix)

The Mad Flute – Snatch OST (uncredited)

Nicola Conte – Kind of Sunshine

Sun Ra – Stardust From Tomorrow(Gerardo Frisinas Tomorrow Remix)

Andrea Daltro – Kiua

Pathless – Goddess

Folk & Røvere – Fotihouse

The Karminsky Experience – Exploration (Medeski Martin & Wood Mix)

Thievery Corporation Vs Nicola Conte – Bossa Per Due

The James L Estraunge Orchestra – Closer

The James L Estraunge Orchestra – Groovin You

Serge Gainsbourg- Melody Nelson(Molecule remix)

pedro gonez – Hippie

Soledad Miranda – El color del amor

Sergio Mendes – After Sunrise

Sergio Mendes – Crystal Illusions (Memorias De Marta Sare)

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Soulsides 14 July 2017
July 15, 2017, 4:51 am
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Soulsides presents

Two guys who love to boogaloo…Microgroove and Claude Mono

Listen to the re-stream here – select 14 July 2017

PLAYLIST

Soul Generation

Them Two – Am I A Good Man

Vernon Garrett – Keep On Forgiving You

The Soul Brothers Inc – That Loving Feeling

Jimmy “Preacher” Ellis – Baby I Love You

Professor Earl Lett – We Oughta Get Together – The Story of Professor Earl Lett

Mickey and the Soul Generation – Iron Leg

Mickey and the Soul Generation – Football – Iron Leg: The Complete Micky and the Soul Generation

Lenis Guess – Why Why Whyd She Leave Me?

Mickey and the Soul Generation – Mystery Girl – Iron Leg: The Complete Micky and the Soul Generation

Gate – Chocolate Puddin – Praise Poems Voulme 5

Dusty Springfield with Burt Bacharach – The Look of Love – Casino Royale OST

Kadhja Bonet – Remember the Rain (Live) – The Visitor

Tom Jones with Portishead – Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child- Reload

Scott Cunningham Band – Anita – Praise Poems Volume 5

Don Gardner – You Love Is Driving Me Crazy

Roy Porter Sound Machine – Love You – The Story Of Roy Porter Sound Machine 1971-1975

Seeds of Fulfilment – Solemn Solitude

Odyssey Group – Midnight and You

The Three Js – Chalito – Praise Poems Volume 3

Billy Storm and the Tempests   Apologise

Carol Veal – H’way of Love

William Cummings – Your Soul Searching Love

Clarence Reid – I Get My Kicks

Adrian Younge – Winter Is Here (Instrumental) – Something About April !! (The Instrumentals)

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Going To A Go Go

Betty Boo – Spellbound – Detroit a go go

P.J. – TLC

Joe Mason – Let It Out – Totally Wired Volume 5

Turner Brothers – Cause I Love You

Sisters of Love – You’ve Got My Mind

Sisters of Love – Now is the Time

Tom Jones and Ella Fitzgerald – Sunny

 

 

 

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el ritmo eastern block party
March 23, 2017, 12:54 pm
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Come to the Eastern Bloc….The el ritmo Eastern Block Party is on again on Tuesday night at Victor’s flat above RTRFM. Bring vodka and perhaps some jazz and funk records. DJ Claude will be bringing the new hi fi system he got in the West. Check out some of his new grooves at his blog post. Tell everyone to make sure they get there as with the new state restrictions and the clampdown on kooky music there is unlikely to be a re-stream…there may be some cassettes…be warned there is hi-fi and lo-fi…

HQ Mixcloud Bootleg Cassette here

If you dig jazz then you might also dig this – “Meet me at the Jazzkeller…Bring Jazz…”

PLAYLIST of some of the tracks but some are just unknown…

Vladimir Vasilkov – Woodpeckers Don’t Get Headaches\

DJ Soulviet – SovietFunkTrailers (excerpt)

c.j. plus – Soviet Funk Expo (Excerpt)

Zeljko Kerlata – The Newcomer

Henryk Debich – See You At The Disco Tonight

Novi Singers – My Own Revolution

Hiedi Bruhl – Berlin

Hildergard Knef – Ich Wart auf Die Nacht

Gelsominos Magic Voice from 1977

Victor Kiswell Archives – I Can’t Stop

Horst Jankowski – Das ist der Morgen

Anita Pallenberg – Stones Muse Supreme

Lottie and Leherb – Irre Gut – Funky Frauleins- Female Beat, Groove, Disco, Funk in Germany 1968-1978

Omega Omega 2 – Kérgeskezü Favágók – Well Hung Well Hung: 20 Funk-Rock Eruptions From Beneath Communist Hungary – Volume 1

Labaratorium – Funky dla Franki (Joakim Remix) – Various – Iron Curtain Revisited  Crippled Dick Hot Wax Records

Tri Plus Dva – Vitok (soviet jazz easy listening, 1966, USSR)

Anne Hathaway – Russian Accent (Valentines Day)

Hildegard Knef – Im achtzigsten Stockwerk

Yugoslavian PsychJazz-Funk – Aleksandar Subota – Corazon (1976 LP)

Peter Herbolzheimer MPS Rhythm Combination & Brass – El Soul Condor

Henryk Debich – See You At The Disco Tonight

Kuno & the marihuana brass – marihuana mantra

Günter Noris – Gemini

Daniel Pemberton – Escape From East Berlin –

Eduard Khil – Mr. Trololo

Soviet Space Disco 1978

Soviet Disco

Eolika – Falling Stars – Melodiya 1980

Zdravstvuj Pesnya (Здравствуй, песня)- Marathon (Soviet electro space disco, 1982)

 

 

 

 

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The New Dance Show. The Scene and more…
February 26, 2017, 9:38 am
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thescene

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Part 2 of 2

Forget the Soul Train Dance Line….check out the 1983 ‘Men’s Dance Line’ from The Scene…

 

The New Dance Show was a television series from Detroit, Michigan developed as a spin-off of to the more well known The Scene, which ran from October 1975 to December 1987. The New Dance Show debuted in November 1988, the first show was recorded at Reggie’s Moulin Rouge club in Detroit. True fans of the New Dance Show will already be aware of the amazing show archive on the Caprice87 YouTube Channel and some amazing footage over at the Nat Morris  YouTube Channel

Another great dance show foled in a club was the House Countdown from Chicago. It was filmed at the Rivera Nightclub circa 1990. Check out the House Countdown Dancers and a performance by Joe Smooth.

Also check out Part 1 which explores UK TV dance troupes such as Pan’s People and Hot Gossip