Seasons change on WhatYouWant Radio this time out, massive hurricanes to start and finish, with a cool eye of the storm section in the middle. Behold WYWR#48…
Kicking off with a soul flourish featuring Soul with their track, er, S.O.U.L, and the master himself Leroy Hutson reminding us that you can never know what you can do until you give it a try. Hopeychangey stuff, right here in your ‘phones…
I suppose you could make a choice: Hutson’s MO as your campaign song, or maybe you can just go with the Black Keys backing RZA’s position – that’s he’s The Baddest Man Alive. Either way you gotsta go get that new movie soundtrack for the Man with the Iron Fists – Hard.To.The.Core.
Also badass: Lynne Anderson giving you the tale of Fancy, lady of the street from an early age. A proper story song, God they don’t make the like that anymore. Plenty more on Soul Jazz’s Country Soul Sisters compilation.
Then we change up, hitting Andres’ Dilla-esque beats and moving on to that most delightful of Jazzy countries, Finland. Vinyl all round from a trip last August, I’m making up for lost (vinyl) time in this episode.
Zakes Bantwini gets in after that, a tune that I heard from the DJ playing at the Central Park rollerboogie earlier this month – that was a helluva scene I can tell you. Dancing couples, slow-motion skaters, and that bloke spinning a basketball while skating. Clap your hands!
New disco-ish from Suzanne Kraft (she’s a fella! who knew?!) and a lovely edit from those longtime friends of WYWR, RSS Disco (click the link below, buy the 12!) takes us to the, well, melancholy mix which I hope will be kinda nice for the autumn. Jacaranda Muse regrets letting someone go, How To Dress Well gives us a lush orchestral cut from his ace second LP, The Delta Mirror submit a cut from what I swear is the most sad LP ever (‘Machines that Listen’. It’s kinda hospital themed) and then Efterklang and The British Expeditionary Force give us mellow newness. Both of those LPs are reet nice.
Then we take back up. Phonica records in London last week gave me plenty of new tunes and the final part of the show kicks of with a track off the new Mermaids 12, then two in a row from the man of the moment, countryside dweller (where he from?) Dead Rose Music Company. Love that stuff. After that we go back to Phonica with new tracks from The Dubless, Black Madonna and Devin Dare – all nice house bumpers with plenty of buildup. And, in the case of Devin, BPM (I had to slow that badboy down).
Then to finish: edited funkiness from Kon and his gang, and something brilliant and new on Tru Thoughts from New Zealand – Kylie Auldist giving us a big disco number that pays a least a good bit of homage to C.Khan herself. Oh yes.
There you have it, WhatYouWant Radio#48. Two until the big 5-0!
Leroy Hutson - Never Know What You Can Do (Give it a Try) (Curtom)
The Black Keys & RZA - The Baddest Man Alive (Soul Temple)
Lynn Anderson - Fancy (Soul Jazz)
Andres - Drama Around the Corner (La Vida)
Jukka Escola - Timber Up (Free Agent)
Lapela X Escola - Afternoon in Central Park (Ricky-Tick)
Zakes Bantwini - Clap Your Hands (Club Mix) (Goddess Entertainment)
Suzanne Kraft - Feel (Young Adults)
RSS Disco - Des Taxies Pour Les Galaxies (RSS Discovery)
Jacaranda Muse - Let You Go (Heavenly Sweetness)
How to Dress Well - World I Need You, Won't Be Without You (Proem) (Acephale)
The Delta Mirror - And The Radio Played On (Lefse)
Efterklang - Apples (4AD)
The British Expeditionary Force - Where You Go I Will Follow (Erased Tapes)
Mermaids - Can't Resist (One)
Dead Rose Music Company- Your Kisses (Let's Play House)
Dead Rose Music Company - Faith (Let's Play House)
The Dubless - Blackkite (Room Full of Records)
Devin Dare - Policy (Stilove4music)
Kon and the Gang - Get it Together (Basic Fingers)
Kylie Auldist – Changes (Tru Thoughts)