Celebrating 50 years this week, The Prisoner by Herbie Hancock. His seventh studio album and his final on Blue Note label. The Prisoner is dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King.
THE HERBIE HANCOCK --------------------------------------------
60mL mount gay barbados rum
120mL fresh orange juice
120mL fresh pineapple juice
15mL fresh lime juice
Stir ingredients together in a Collins glass.
“Nine Lives” (1979) / REO Speedwagon (Epic)
The second half of the 1970’s, the rock genre in the US was hanging by a thread: Aerosmith was in freefall after the release of their masterpiece “Rocks” (1976), KISS had reached the final stage of its metamorphosis as a marketing machine and the innovative sound from across the pond had grown stale, with Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple entering their twilight years.
Leave it to the Stone’s epic “Some Girls” (1978) and the debut effort of a certain Mr. Eddie Van Halen to correct the descending trajectory of rock. Still, there are some albums the surely contributed to keep rock alive and REO Speedwagon’s ninth album is one of them.
Before the 1980’s forced them into a mellow and pop-oriented sound, REO Speedwagon could sure deliver the hard rock goods. “Meet Me On The Mountain” is by far my favourite track. Written by the band’s lead guitar Gary Richrath, the song has an outstanding combo of vocal harmonies and melodies. “Back On The Road Again” is reminiscent of Brian Spence’s work and is a solid track, highlighting Bruce Hall’s skills as a lead singer. “Heavy On Your Love”, “Only The Strong Survive” and “Easy Money” certify the band’s “recovery” from their previous album populated “sugarcoated pop tunes”. Still, the less said about Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music” the better- if the Beatles and the Beach Boys didn’t get it right, why even bother?
A polarizing album for some, a personal favourite for me and a testament to the maximum potential of a band that, sadly, is known to many by “the guys who recorded “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore””. Overall Rating: 7/10
no need for an umbrella today. I go with sunshiny but sophisticated soul music. looking forward to hearing your upcoming record, @jrakz!
jordan rakei • wallflower [ninja tune 2017]
This Day. 2009. I saw Nils Petter Molvaer here in Munich (where I took this photo). Really love his work. And looking forward to the re-release of "Khmer" as a record.
Meanwhile, some "Buoyancy"
@ecm_records @ecm_jazz #ecmrecords#nilspettermolvaer @nilspettermolvaer
Berlin. A Portrait In Music Remixes (Soma542)
1. SLV – Dust (Setaoc Mass Remix)
2. SLV – Talking With The Shadows (SLV Rave Mix)
3. SLV – First Day In The City (Stanislav Tolkachev Remix)
4. SLV – Forest Voices (Conforce Remix)
SLV’s ‘Berlin. A Portrait In Music’ album on Soma receives a string of remixes from Setaoc Mass, Stanislav Tolkachev, Conforce, as well as a VIP mix from SLV himself. Hailing from Berlin, SLV is well respected for his melancholic sound design and crystalline soundscapes having released on labels like Ilario Alicante’s Virgo and Slam’s Soma. Following the release of SLV’s ambient ‘Berlin. A Portrait In Music’ album, Slam’s iconic label has invited a powerful selection of techno producers to reimagine a handful of tracks; Figure, Clergy and Work Them Records producer Setaoc Mass; Ukraine’s master of mind-bending techno, Stanislav Tolkachev; and also Delsin regular Conforce. ‘Dust’ by SK_Eleven founder Setaoc Mass brings melodic flare with enveloping synths above dark rumbling lows, before SLV’s injects some energy into ‘Talking With The Shadows’ with his own Rave Mix. incorporating moody tones and slow flowing arps with dark cavernous reverb. Krill and Mord artist Stanislav Tolkachev then offers a steady beat with euphoric chimes and vinyl hiss for his stripped back ‘First Day In The City’, preceding Dutch artist Conforce’s ‘Forest Voices’ which balances unearthly sound design and a steppy drum pattern.
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Damien Jurado - In the shape of a storm. ** “On this spartan stage, he paints a world where love is both thrilling and unrequited, where friendships thrive and fade, and literal and metaphorical storms rattle foundations.” - Pitchfork. #nowspinning#damienjurado#recordoftheday#recordcommunity
Broken Social Scene -
Broken Social Scene
Arts & Crafts, 2005. First pressing.
The #toronto collective, #brokensocialscene had emerged in the early #2000s and topped year-end lists with their gorgeous You Forgot It In People In 2002. What had started as a supergroup side-project of sorts for members of Stars, Feist, Metric, etc. had become frontrunners in the avant-garde indie rock scene.
Their 2005 self-titled follow-up somehow swings for the fences even more than their predecessor. It opens with the soaring “Ibi Dreams Of Pavement” and Kevin Drew shouting:
“I got shot!
Right in the back!
You were there.”
His lyrics are largely ambiguous but paint vivid scenes of childhood and adult life alike. He has a phenomenal ability to pinpoint exact feelings in you and make them ache. “7/4 (Shoreline)”, “Major Label Debut” and “Fire Eye’d Boy” all brim with an effervescent pursuit of experience, nothing more. But that means everything. Hangovers, heartache, first love, car rides, divorces, swimming, breaking down, growing up. It’s all here and you should really hear it. It’s almost not worth trying to describe. This album is more of an energy than a sound. Just wonderful.