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Seed – The Luxury Of Horns

Australian Paul Schütze recorded some projects under monikers other than his own name, and Seed was one of them. Although in truth, the album he made under the name Seed, 1995’s ‘Vertical memory’, isn’t really much different to the material he made as Paul Schütze or Uzect Plausch). Gathered under the ‘Ambient’ banner back in the early to mid ’90’s, some of Schütze’s work has worn well, and some hasn’t. In fact, a lot of the Seed album isn’t as interesting as it once was, but this track is dreamy; like free falling into a vortex of digital lights and gentle horn stabs. Lovely. As for material under his own name, check out the fantastic ‘Apart’ from 1995, which would be a great place to start, and gives the listener a wide selection of Schütze’s various styles.


Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

What an opener! And what a way to introduce an alter-ego. Unfortunately, Dr. John a.k.a John Rebennack didn’t maintain this kind of sorcery (his Dr. John the Night Tripper phase, to be exact), but we luckily have the artifacts on his early albums, including this one; his 1968 debut ‘Gris Gris’. This track just floats out of the speakers, with the odd rattle or two, and just oozes hokey Voodoo pomp (that’s a good thing by the way) whilst Rebennack reads off a list of ailments he can cure with his snake oil. The Tm Waits comparison is inevitable, and no doubt young Waits was listening to this guy (along with Beefheart). Wonderful.

Frank Zappa – Flakes

A song that many can relate to as it’s about being ripped off by a variety of tradesmen. Funny, and still (sadly) relevant; and from his 1979 album ‘Sheik Yerbouti’.

Actress – Skyline

Skeletal Techno from Actress’ wonderful 2014 album ‘Ghettoville’.

Dimlite – Heroine Roof

The closing track from Dimlite’s rich, lush 2011 album ‘Grimm Reality’, is like a broken beats interpretation of something from Zappa’s ‘Hot Rats’ album (as are some other number from ‘Grimm Reality’). This guy’s tags on discogs says it all about him, as they include Krautrock, Psychedelic, Illbient, Hip-Hop, Broken Beat, Ambient, Experimental. This is a perfect one for a warm, sunny morning.

Devo – Psychology of Desire (Demo)

This demo can be found on the compilation ‘Recombo DNA’, released in the year 2000, where a collection of various spudboy demo’s can be found. This track, is a different version of ‘The Super Thing’ ; which ended up on  1981’s ‘New Traditionalists’. Dig those raw Demo vibes.

Miles Davis – Great Expectations

Fluid, Psychedelic Jazz Fusion from the “Electric” master Miles Davis. This tracks rolls at you again and again, with short breaks heralded by Miles’ trumpet blast. Languid yet somehow taut and funky at the same time. That’s the first half, the second has the band in expansive noodle mode (yes, that’s a “mode”), with Tamboura in in the foreground. Just mindblowing stuff from a true master; from his 1974 album ‘Big Fun’.

The Damned – New Rose

The Damned’s ‘New Rose’, (Dubbed as “the first British Punk single” -note the use of the word “British” here, though we’re sure that this could also be disputed), which was released on the 22nd of November 1976, is still a fantastic blast of amphetamine-fuelled Rock with hooks galore. The opening line by Dave Vanian, “Is she really going out with him?” parodied the song “Leader Of The Pack”, a 1964 song by the Shangri-La’s; a move that, in itself, set the tone for what was to come regarding this new movement.

Univers Zero – Jack The Ripper

Dark, dark chamber rock from Belgium’s Univers Zero. Imagine Western Culture-era Henry Cow 10 times darker; or imagine Magma without the Operatic vocals and funk/soul influence. This is from the 1979 album ‘Heresie’.

Brian Eno & David Byrne – Mea Culpa

Wonderful 2nd track from the duo’s classic 1981 album ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’, where samples of an excited radio caller and the stuttering responses overlay a fantastic ethno-forgery that pre-dated Muslimgauze.

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