Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category

The Cure – A Forest (Album Version) [1980]
January 24, 2013

Something a little more eccentric today but a real cracker none the less. This release from The Cure’s 1980 album “Seventeen Seconds” sounds way ahead of its time, mashing some post-punk sensibilites with some wicked electro / effect pedal business and a bloody fantastic guitar riff that’s just begging for a remix. Cracking tune.

It took me an age to come around to listening to The Cure, pretty much dismissing them for years as whiny Indie Rock that I couldn’t get interested in. However, having picked up Seventeen Seconds and Faith several years ago, I found I couldn’t get enough. They have a massive back catalogue but spend some time in the 1980-1983 Cure period and its plain as day how they became to garner such a devout and rabid following. Easily one of the best bands of the 20th Century in my opinion.

Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon (All Night Version) [1983]
January 11, 2012

I’ll confess, Echo and the Bunnymen are a secret love of mine. Every so often, when all that electronica is boiling my brain in my skull, I need to break away. Usually i’ll move into some soul maybe some disco or funk. Sometimes I go a bit bonkers and crank up the classical. However, quite frequently, i’ll fire up Ocean Rain from The Bunnymen and bask in its irreverent New Age madness. This being probably my favourite of the lot, with an incredible intro that just keeps on going and going until the track kicks in and cranks it into overdrive. LOVE IT.

Bomb The Bass – Black River (Gui Boratto Remix) [2009]
September 28, 2011

What an incredible remix from Gui Boratto, preserving the wonderfully melancholic vocals but dropping it over a completely different flavor of composition. Darky, haunting but slightly uplifting with a slice hint of malevolence. The track is a masterstroke of electronic, giving all the big boys a run for their money. You can find this masterpiece either on the 12″ release of Black River or alternatively on the incredible album from Bomb The Bass, Future Chaos. If you dont have this album, rectify that immediately, its chuffin’ amazing.

A great review of Future Chaos from Bomb The Bass

The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection [1989]
August 19, 2011

Fools Gold will forever be my favourite Stone Roses track but “I Am The Resurrection” comes pretty damn close. Not because the start of the track is classic Roses rock with some innovative lyrics and catchy hooks. No, its because at four minutes in, the planets decided to align and finish the last track on one of the greatest albums ever released, the right way. Gone are the lyrics, gone is the catchy riff of the previous four minutes, what happens next is pure divine inspiration. The band just seems to jam, pumped on the previous ten tracks and kicks the encore into overdrive. Its four minutes of some of the most inspirational music ive ever heard in my life. Its abso-fucking-loutely amazing, what a track.

From Discogs
Utterly fantastic debut and one of the best albums of all time (and I still think that’s an understatement!). Anytime I get a chance to introduce this LP to a new friend, my anticipation grows to enormous heights because I get to listen to it again, and each time I hear it, I feel as if I’m experiencing it for the first time as well. I think it’s impossible not to get lost in this recording and it’s world of sound and wonder.
This is truly a timeless sonic document of MAMMOTH proportions.
The Stone Roses are eternal…

The Stone Roses were one of many bands coming from the mighty Manchester following on from the likes of The Smiths, New Order (geographically not sonically) who paved the way for the Oasis etc.

Anyway, this album is a near perfect example of the late 80’s / early 90’s explosion of youth club culture where an indie record could be played next to a dance record and next to a rap record. All the songs are pure emotional bliss and even the shortest (Elizabeth My Dear) taking a riff from Simon & Garfunkel is miles better than the palest of imitators from the time.

The lyrics of each song match perfectly the accompanying artwork from John Squire, the tight drumming from Reni and slightly funk-driven basslines from Mani were always super tight with Squire’s lead guitar and Ian Brown’s understated delivery – truly an album of it’s time and still one of my favourites today.

If you like indie, dance or just generally good music you should have a copy of this LP or CD

No wonder St Etienne declared on the run-out groove to Kiss & Make Up that: “John Squire You Are My Guitar Hero”

The Stone Roses – Fools Gold [1989]
March 10, 2011

One of the truly landmark tracks in music for me, its absolute perfection from start to finish. Its loved by just about anyone that had come into contact with it. I dont know anyone that doesnt love it. Why? Its simple, the break is amazing, the riff is incredible and the vocals are meaninful without being intrusive. Everything a true classic should be wouldnt you say!

From Discogs
The Original 9.53 version of Fools Gold back in 1989, you can’t have failed to take notice – because it is astounding. Apparently it was intended to be the B side to What the World is Waiting For – even Squire and Brown weren’t aware of their musical genius at the time! But listening to the irresistibly hypnotic groove produced by the effortlessly funky guitar, a superb drum loop and that bassline ten years later, it is still the groundbreaking sound of a band at the peak of their genius, drawing on influences such as Hendrix, Sly Stone and Chicago house music and moulding them into something unique And Very Unforgettable by these northern monkeys the defining point of music for the 1990’s. anything after is merely trying to emulate dance music-all from this record .

Charlatans – The Only One I Know [1990]
March 10, 2011

I have unwell cans! Im listening to everything in mono because the left headphone cable is shot. Hence why I didnt upload anything yesterday! However, this track is so kick ass, it neeeeds to be heard. Its a track I didnt adore when it was released, however, over the years its grown tenfold into one of my favourites of the time. Its more consistently excellent than many of the other tunes at the time (Monday’s, im looking at you). Total classic.

From Discogs
On the A side run-out groove it has etching that reads “There’s no message just pure politics”,then flip the record over to the B side run-out grooves it says “Good,arn’t we?”,with a spelling mistake in “aren’t” though the correct spelling has been etched then scored out before the flaw.Regardless of this most reviewers and listeners couldn’t fail but to agree,the single being a top 10 hit reaching the number 9 spot a week after it slid in the charts at number 24 on it’s 2 June release.One thing I found confusing on the sleeve was the songwriting credits.The bands surnames are all there apart from Jon Baker,his surname is displayed as ‘Day’.Before I thought it was a different person,until I saw this statement from Jon Baker,quote;”As a joke I once put my name down as Jon Day and it was something that stuck and even ended up in some of the songwriting credits”.

The Farm – Groovy Train (Terry Farley Rmx) [1990]
November 15, 2010

Taking the fantastic original track and re-editing the whole thing to be far better paced, Terry does a mint number with this one. Bigger breaks, mellowing out the guitar hook in favour of a massive bassline and beat combo makes this remix, for me at least, the better of the two. There’s still enough emphasis on the vocals to keep it one you can sing along too with your arms in the air.

Empress – Captain (James Yuill Remix) [2010]
October 18, 2010

Fantastic downtempo electronica remix from James Yuill. Heavy on the atmospheric but saturated in electronic goodness. Beautiful track.

For a new band, getting your music out there to be listened to is crucial. One successful approach that is often employed is working with another established artist to produce a remix that raises eyebrows in both fan camps. Such was the case for Empress and James Yuill.
Formed in 2009, Empress already has a reputation for epic live performances. They’ve been described as “super talented and seriously addictive.” The band is made up by Janee (Vocals), Charlie Westropp (Guitar), Ben Athey (Drums), Owen Taylor (Guitar) and John Stevens (Bass). The original track, a darker electronic version of this remix, will be released November 1st, and can be streamed here.
James Yuill has evidently been flexing his remix muscles. He recently posted a collection of old remixes that were done quite a while back (mixed on headphones, apparently a no-no), including a few of Broadcast 2000 and one of Au Revoire Simone (today’s Bonus Song of the Day).
The contrast between those remixes and this brand new remix of the track “Captain” by Empress is astounding. Evidently, it makes all the difference when James puts his headphones on.