Sunday, 5 March 2017

Five a Day: Week Nine


The A1111 And Other Ones! by John Shuttleworth is a compendium of the greatest hits of the comedian John Shuttleworth performed on his casio organ. Shuttleworth talks his through the hits with great guest appearances from his wife and friend Ken. 'Mingling with Mourners' is a very moving tune and One cup of Tea is never enough is another gem. Get the Volvo, Val features the most words crammed into a bar I have heard. All of these songs are really fun. It is a long compedium but that is by no means a bad thing.

Straight out of the Jungle - The Jungle Brothers. Old school hip hop classic here. Great use of sampling and smashing appearances from Q Tip. Strangely though the bands big hit (I'll House You) features halfway through the album and is the only house track on the album. That said a great album.

Salt and Acid - Nightlife. Wearing your influences on your sleeve isn't always a bad thing especially on your band's debut album to know where the band is coming from. This is one osuch album that does that. It does sound like 2008 pop punk with Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and Paramore and is an enjoyable version of that sound.

Saturday Night - Tim Darcy. This is a great lo fi indie rock album calling echoes of Lou Reed in the music and Roy Orbison in the voice. 

Social Music - John Batiste and Stay Human. A really cool jazzy poppy gospel album by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert's house band.


Drunk - Thundercat. The new album by the Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus collaborator is awesome. It is a vintage soul album with virtuoso bass playing, what sound like chessy midi drum parts and features some great collaborations. It is a bit long. It has a great album cover.

See Clear Now - Wiley. What I saw as the most relevant period of Grime until this latest period. Released the same year as Dizzee Rascal's big hits; Bonkers, Holiday and Dirtee Cash. This is a really good album with a load of great bars and verses. Mark Ronson, Ronson collaborator Daniel Merriweather and Hot Chip all feature and were all massively popular at the time of the release which is why I thought it had broad appeal.  

 Half Mute - Tuxedomoon. Ambient Synth jazz album. That's what it is. I don't get it.

25 O'clock - The Dukes of Stratosphear. for a parody album of psychedelic music it is a thoroughly enjoyable LP.

Field Music Play - Field Music. A compilation of covers by the Sunderland based brothers. I love the Pet Shop Boys covers and the rest are also very pleasant again. Unfortunately, they don't really add anything to the original.

Weddo's Wednesday 

Watusi - I fell in love with the first half of this album. So Long, Baby, Click Click & Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah are just classics. Really like the rest of this too.

Mini - This is an enjoyable short album about cars and girls. It has the classic Wedding Present sound.

Saturnalia - A more laid back take on the classic Wedding Present sound. Really like the track Big Boots.

Take Fountain - A strong come back album of the Weddo's. This is a more ambient take on the classic Wedding Present sound continuing the tone of the last one.

El Rey - Back to the classic Wedding present sound. I really like the lead single The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend.


Lou Reed - Lou Reed. For some reason people didn't like this album, I really like this album. It's classic Lou Reed sound. It follows logically on from Loaded by VU; It doesn't invent anything new but yeah. Very good.

Duran Duran - Duran Duran. Top tip do not stick two big hit singles at the beginning of your album if they are the two best tracks on the album. The rest follow the formula of them two tracks to death. The guitar strums all feature on the same beat. There are a few long ambient synth workout's that are just dull.

The Return of the Super Ape - The Upsetters. Labelled as dub album I see this more as a reggae album with the unique touches that Mr Perry. He is really good getting some really unique sounds in his productions.

A Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson. I love this album. It is a modern country soul album. This man has a great voice. The unexpected Nirvana cover blends into this album really well. This is was the surprise of the week. Top Top album.

Colour it in - The Maccabees. I know you are going to find it hard to believe but I have never listened to this album before. I have listened to the following albums by this band and it sounds like they are repeating themselves on them albums based on hearing this.


English Tapas - Sleaford Mods. I like to listen to Sleaford Mods albums a few times before coming to conclusions but they have ditched the loud shouty tracks in place is more melodic slower tracks. There is more emphasis on electronics and drum machines and not cut up punk samples.

Uyai - Ibibio Sound Machine. The funky bits are really really funky on this and the slower tracks just seem really slow and jarring. I wanted more funk. It's good just not what I thought it would be.

Last Place - Grandaddy. Yep, it's a Grandaddy album. It's a really enjoyable one as well. Evermore is an amazing track; you should check it out. See below.

The Joy of Sex - Tragedy: The All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gee's and Beyond. The parody of glam metal that loses it's appeal when it is just in your ears. I really enjoyed the cover of Staying Alive with the double time change up. I did find myself headbanging to some of the tunes but you really need the visuals to accompany the joke.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Big Daddy. An album of tracks off of The Beatles seminal album set to musical covers of other tracks like Poison Ivy, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On & The Wanderer. Bizzare.

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