Tremendous mixed bag of tremendousness. Mellow jazz from James Clay, banging jazz from Dazai Yuri Sextet and Soil and Pimp Sessions. Funk from Plantlife, with discofunk from the Players Association. Ménage à Trois! Fantastic house from H.O.M. and new Leon Vynehall. Kon reworking Chic. And Phil Collins! How ya gonna dis Phil Collins?!
WHATYOUWANT #87 brings you theatre funk from La Mont Zeno Theatre, James Brown, Little Beaver, Mukatsuku with Mixed Grill and that massive Brand New Wayo track from a while back, Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne, Sounds of the City Experience, then the Balearic with DK, Max Essa, Luxury, and finally the quicker beats from !llmind and Tiger & Woods. Phife Dawg gets in on the end too!
New hour of funk, jazz and soul power. Broadcast March 14 2016 on Frissionradio.com. WYWRadioshow#86 featuring Simon Peter, Gabor Szabo, Ray Bryant, Soulful Strings, Ramsey Lewis, Tom Scott, Paul Pena, Steve Mason, Flume, Fred Ventura and Phil R, La Bellini, Risco Connection. Tracklist and links to buy below!
All change around WYWRadio HQ. A move from Soundcloud to Mixcloud (maybe for just this one show, am not sure yet) and a new format – one hour of power, every two weeks! I’ve been asked to move to Frission Radio (http://frissionradio.com) and with great joy I accepted. Doing hour long shows is different, but let’s see where it goes…
Anyway, a quick should out for this show – you’ve got soul from The Milk, a call to arms from Rauary, newness from Anderson .Paak and Adrian Younge, an Ole Smokey edit, The Holydrug Couple and Horsebeach, a brace of excellent Athens of the North soul re-issues and some mighty tracks in the disco mould from Shake, the Players Association, Ahzz and the Don Jesse Gould. Go check, tell your friends, enjoy the music, follow to Frission – tons of other great shows on there!
Your love still brings me to my knees – Marcia Hines
I’ve got the music in me – Marcia Hines
Standing in the rain – John Paul Young
Australian disco took the world by storm, it polished the dance floor boards of clubs as far as Ermington, Dundas, Rydalmere and Parramatta. You think I am joking? Bee Gees anyone? This bracket we have two tracks from the Queen of Pop, Marcia Hines from 1976 and 1977. Australian disco people. It is a thing. Then we have JPY, the king of pop and his German smash hit from 1976, Standing in the Rain. Written by Vanda and Young of the Easybeats and Flash and the Pan, this song is, like I said. Australian DISCO. andavagoodweekend.
Live and Let Die – Fausto Papetti
Silver Machine – James Last
Ace of Spades – She Goes Bang
Ace of Spades – The Bad Shepherds
Fausto is a lounge legend and often entirely unheralded outside of some obscure sampling and breaks. This brilliant cover comes from 17A Raccolta LP released in 1973. The sax replaces the McCartney lead vocal with an cool fuzz guitar and a whacked out lead break at the end. Genius. James Last up next starting what amounts to a VS.SAOE tribute set. One of the worlds greatest bandleaders, James Last died at age 86 in 2015. Here he is covering the Hawkweed classic ‘Silver Machine’ which was of course sung by the late Lemmy of Motorhead, OK, lets top that shall we? Not one, but two cover versions of ‘Ace of Spades’ the Moorhead classic that has had a hammering since the passing of Lemmy. First up is She Goes Bang, this dark and intense cover cracks a whip over the song revealing less speed and more metal. Next up we have the Bad Shepherds, a band fronted by Young One Ade Edmondson.
Star – Techno Cowboy
Ziggy Stardust – derpferdheissthorst
Life on Mars – Barbara Streisand
Bowie. Not much to add the reams of discourse. So I simply present these three tracks. Star by Techno Cowboy comes from the The Ziggy Stardust Omnichord Album released in 2009. Next, derpferdheissthorst which roughly translates as ‘A horse called Horst’. A german cowpony band, this is a weird cover of Ziggy Stardust. Then there was Streisand. Really, I actually went there.
Satan lied to me – The Louvin Brothers
Telling me Lies – Trio
Shoot out the lights – Richard and Linda Thompson
And now. Satan. The Louvin Brothers. A ‘country-gospel’ duo who recorded din the fifties before they split because of the other demon, drink. This comes from their 1958 record ‘The Family that Prays’. Not as Satan heavy as their legendary ‘Satan is Real’ LP, but still HEAVY. Next up, Trio. A forgotten classic from Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. This track was written by Linda Thompson as a damning indictment of her relationship with Richard Thompson. I simply love this version (the original is a on a hard to find 1985 solo LP ‘One Clear Moment’). It shows the sheer power that is Linda Rondstadt’s voice. The final chorus has such majesty and investment in the lyrics. Finally, we have the one of the darkest albums ever released, the final Richard and Linda Thompson LP ‘Shoot out the lights’ and the title track. This is one of Richard Thompson’s greatest works and in part shows a marriage in collapse (their marriage was over as this record was released in 1982).
Hallogallo – Neu!
Samantha’s Rabbit – Guru Guru
Last up we head to Germany for some Krautrock to take us home. First up from the Neu! LP (1972) we have the motorik beat driven Hallogallo. Playing on the german slang for wild partying, this song is driven by a repetitive 4/4 beat that every one called motorik, but that band called a bunch of other terms meaning repetitive (see Wikipedia for the list). This is a great introduction to the Krautrock canon and features some of the legends of the scene in Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother and produced by Conny Plank. Last track of the day bar the secret bonus one (did I say secret?) is Guru Guru, another Krautrock band fronted by drummer Mani Neumeier.
First up for 2016 – all the tracks I couldn’t fit in over the last few months. A lot of vinyl, and also a lot of house/electronic bits I’ve bee dying to play but failed to. The tracklist speaks for itself, links to buy each one in vinyl or digital format are below!
Gloria Ann Taylor – Love is a Hurtin’ Thing. Sweet Lord. Get thee to a record dealer immediately and grab this double vinyl re-issue. It’s just too got not to have – soulful as hell, with some super interesting production, not least on the long version of the title track (used to open this month’s show). Ubiquity come correct with this one.
LNRDCROY – Much Less Normal. Not for nothing was this Phonica’s record of 2015. Balearic in the best sense of the word, but with more electronics than just a recording of soothing waves on a beach. There are some really great tracks but the whole thing hangs together in such a way that means you want to listen from beginning to end each time. Recommended.
Soichi Terada – Sounds from the Far East. Rushhour in Amsterdam compiled this, and it’s definitely for fans of late 80s/early 90s house sounds – if you like Mr. Fingers you’re gonna love this. Japanese house for all ages.
(Hopefully) big news for WYWRadio next month. Stay tuned.
This month’s show is brought to you by the dulcet tones and toned abs of the heart and soul of the crew, DJ SCSI-b…over to you..
An hour of power to ferry you from wherever you are to wherever you’re spending the holidays and New Year this end of 2015.
We start out with Carla Morrison, a huge leap forward on her new album, fierce Amor Supremo. Get it, you won’t regret it. Then, dance supremo from Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo before awesome punky/electronic angular stuff out of DC from Beauty Pill. We woke up to Sleater-Kinney soundchecking A New Wave outside our window in Barcelona, what better way to start the day? Great albums from Father John Misty, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens and more this year. Frontera stylings from Calexico, before a little something for family members heading home to the suburbs for the new year and wrapping up with exceptional stuff from Grimes.
Until the next one!
Un Beso – Carla Morrison
Mar (Lo Que Siento) – Bomba Estéreo
Drametomania! – Beauty Pill
A New Wave – Sleater-Kinney
Sea Calls Me Home – Julia Holter
Strange Encounter – Father John Misty
Them Changes – Thundercat/Flying Lotus
No Comprende – Low
All of Me Wants All of You – Sufjan Stevens
How Much a Dollar Cost – Kendrick Lamar
Random Name Generator – Wilco
Cumbia de Donde – Calexico
Hasta la Raíz – Natalia Lafourcade
Cheer Up, My Brother – HNNY
Depreston – Courtney Barnett
Artangels – Grimes
At the end of 2015, I’m gonna let this one speak for itself. The top tunes that have been shaking walls this year at WYWRadio, all served up in a two hour mix that takes in jazz, soul, funk, quiet storm, and indie. Honk if you enjoy, see you on the flipside!
Oh my. A bit late due to various injuries and illnesses, but here it is – no. 82 and almost the last one of the year. A lot of vinyl this time out, and a lot of rare tunes from South Africa of all places. I was able to go record shopping there back in August, and have been waiting to put these together for you since then. I had no idea at all about the richness of the soul and funk sound down there, and was lucky enough to get some 70s and 80s bits that I think you’re gonna like! All hail Brenda and the Big Dunes, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Harari, The Sweet Beats, Richard Jon Smith – and loads more!
Plenty of other good stuff in the mix too, the end of 2015 is being v.kind to us. Some recommends:
Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra – Into Forever. The album’s available on Bandcamp and all fans of the Cinematic Orchestra and/or Pharaoh Sanders and/or spiritual jazz should go get now. Tasty stuff with a real Leon Thomas vibe
Bastien Keb – Dinking in the Shadows of Zizou. A kinda of concept album around Zinedine Zidane, lots of wonk around some choice beats. Definitely fitting with that One-Handed Records/Paul White vibe.
Pete Josef – Colour. I picked up the EP, and now the album is out on Sonar Kollectiv. One for lovers of folk-soul, and that particular kinda Jazzanova-ish sound. Sonar Kollectiv still coming correct!
So, you might know that Ringfinger, SCSI-b and the other one (Kurac) of the VS crew also DJ in their space time in a troop called Babypop. Well, that is not entirely true. We used to DJ. Now, we just imagine a set of decks and close our eyes and remember the days of go-go dancers, fashion photographers and DJ Jazzy Jeff. And you think I am joking….
So, in our semi retirement we started making a podcast of all the stuff we could never play at our shows because it was too slow, or that the artist just had funkier tracks, or even the groove just wasn’t right for one of our joints. Mainly because Kurac owned the playlist and Ringfinger’s collections was shall we say, not included! Well now, we bring you ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ – a 30 minute podcast playing rare vinyl, one euro thrillers, odd album tracks and the like from France, from Belgium, from Germany, from Spain. But mainly from France. A country that each of us loves, adores and respects. There is no greater musical tradition than chanson, and we salute it this week, last week and most every week. From Polnareff to Vartan, from France to Francois, this music lives and breathes culture, freedom, fun and what it means to be French and European. Vive Le France.
Here are the first four shows for your pleasure. For all the tracks, covers and more info, you can drift across to our sister site Babypop.