Halfway through my opening DJ set for Echo & the Bunnymen, I worked in “Get the Message” by Electronic, the 1991 collaboration between Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr.
If I could go go back in time (on a musical trip) my first stop would most definitely be Swinging London circa 1965-66. The band I would most want to see live—and probably my favourite of that era—are The Pretty Things.
Spoon have broken their four-year silence and released a single called “Do You,” a summery pop gem from their eighth full length, They Want My Soul out on August 5.
Some nasty Italian acid jazz funk for you. “Say It Again” borrows heavily from the gut funk of “Good Good Feeling” by War and lays it on with vocals by none other than CeCe Rogers, psychedelic guitar riffs and live instrumentation that keeps it loose and oh so funky.
Two versions of “America” here. One by its authors, Americans Simon and Garfunkel and one by the English group Yes. Happy July 4th everyone!
I like the way Dent May slows down the piano from Crystal Waters “Gypsy Woman” and adds his Beach Boys style vocals and groove on top. Such a nice groovy song, I think you will dig it.
J. Spaceman is well known for his signature droning sounds that soundtrack the comedown, and this Cut Copy remix does not disappoint.
Most recent Jagwar Ma single, “Uncertainty”, received the remix treatment from the ever-popular Australian dance band Cut Copy. It’s been one of my “must-plays” since it’s arrival.
Here’s a rare Afro rock-psych bomb from Nigeria’s Monomono. I was lucky enough to find a copy of this LP in Kano, Nigeria in 2009. Out of the whole stack of records I took home with me, this is probably my favorite, front to back. Rock solid Afro rock from the first track to the last.
The Aerosmith classic “Sweet Emotion” gets a psychedelic funk re-rub from AfroQBen.