Lee “Scratch” Perry – Rainford

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Lee  “Scratch” Perry is responsible for at least three of my very favourite ever pieces of music.

One of the best things about getting older – and you’d be surprised how many best things there are about getting older, given the bad press it gets amongst da yoof – is that you can have as many favourite ever songs as you damn well want. Anyone trying to get me to narrow it down to some arbitrary number would just get told to naff off, though maybe less politely, followed by a diatribe about place, mood, environment, memory, etc. You can have as many favourite songs ever as you want, you know.

On this album that I wasn’t expecting, the great man is teamed with On-U-Sound, the great Adrian Sherwood. Now, other favourite songs ever have issued forward from this stable and its denizens., meaning that you could be forgiven for expecting great things from this, pre-loading an expectation on the thing before you’ve even given it a listen.

Fortunately, their shoulders are broad enough. There is much substance here, and with enough listens, I may even have some additions to me favourite ever songs.

 

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Nat Birchall – Sounds Almighty

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I looked for you
And I found me
What a disappointment that was
I had to try again to become lost
So I looked for me
And I found you

From the perspective of a man hanging from a tree, by any limb, if necessary: the world goes by withall wherewithout, changing only according to the colour and the contour of the eye. A concave statement, when applied to a complex bio-lens instrument, shall be interred by deferment, a symbol of which is your lassitude. I wish you well, the tree is my protector, the tree is my anchor, the tree is my mantra and will put me up, for sale. When all I feel is falling, all is what I’ll be.

A minimalist in all but execution

I took my clothes off
Oh!
You meet so many people

Violinbwoy – død

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Measures of forever are surprisingly impermanent

Welcome to my reality – don’t expect concessions

I made myself a rock
then I made myself a hard place
then I surprised myself
by what I used them for

Implications for the continued placement of the cart before the horse include:
1 – the horse came into existence because the cart was already there!
2 – the horse doesn’t exist! The cart is all there is!
3 – The horse is just a figment of your imagination, which is imaginary anyway!
4 – The horse cannot exist without a cart!

There are smoking guns amongst the smoke and mirrors

Take that opinion off its pedestal!

When you’ve got nothing to say, where do you start?

Mystical Steppa – Dub Vibrations

dubvibsIt’s been too long since I put some dub on here (sheesh, nearly a year) 😮

So I’ve got the week off work, which means my kiddies are staying with me, which means I have to be more within the real world than when they’re not staying with me. Their preferred methods of entertainment are, sadly, youtube gamer related, but when they turn these things off and play with actual toys,  I choose to fill the interludes with educational sound seeds. Hopefully they’ll seep in to their unconcscious minds and spring forth in later life.

Dub is one such seed. Your mileage may vary, and my children’s certainly does, but a groove is a groove, and these are some fine grooves. Like all dub, there is a high emphasis on consciousness – you’ll find it in the spaces. And like all dub, there isn’t a lot of description that I can give that wouldn’t be better experienced by actually listening to the thing.

Wovenhand – Blush Music

.blushmusicWe interrupt this trip around the music I’d like to buy with a nod to a great album from 2003. Apparently, this was music that David Eugene Edwards wrote for Ultima Vez, a Belgian dance company, which may have something to do with having a less overtly religious theme than his usual fare.

It is also more laid back than the usual Wovenhand approach to things, which has been increasingly heavy in its southern gothic approach to americana. Check out the 14 minute version of Ain’t no Sunshine. There are occasional moments of upping the volume, though, and the contrast increases their power, a good example being Your Russia (without hands).

His previous outfit were 16 Horsepower, who made the absolutely wonderful Sackcloth & Ashes, a proper hoedown of an album with quite a preaching from the pulpit feel to the lyrics, all apocalyptic imagery and burn-in-hell admonishments. Despite that, I fackin love that album; the songwriting is astonishingly brilliant all the way through, and the arrangements are top notch.

 

Mixpost 2: dub-bergs

I mentioned in passing the idea of doing a dub mix post, which is a silly idea.

Most truth started life as an outrageous claim. The outrageous claim for this tune is that it is the first ever dub 45. Maybe it is?

Which Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry song to choose?

Fuck it, I’ll cheat and give him a sort of second appearance:

Those of you who have the compilation mindset (if you have, you know what that means; if you don’t know what that means, you haven’t) will have your own versions of this – a song that may not necessarily ever reach an all time top-50 if forced to name one at gun-point, but nevertheless is always in contention for your next mixtape. This one was one of those for about 10 years for me, from the compilation album that did so much to get me into dub, Crooklyn Dub Consortium vol II:

Another one from the Certified Dope vol II album. This samples a King Tubby tune called Dub Fever:

I do believe I may have mentioned this song before:

I could go on for ages, but my PC is old and laggy and I’m really killing it now. I’ll therefore finish with a bit of French electroclash, from the 2005 compilation French Dub system 2.0:

Fuck it, here’s one more… the rather good Alpha & Omega: