“All I can say is everybody stay strong, lookout for those less fortunate, and look forward to the mother of all parties when this is over” – Timmy Tra
‘A SO THE SYSTEM WORK’
This track just makes me feel care free.
JEFFREY TURPIN AND HIS FRIENDS
If your in the mood to party then this is the track! Always a spirit lifter!
‘GIVE ME THE SUNSHINE’
Ah here! As it says, just gimme the sunshine…
‘LADY DON’T TEK NO’
Love this track a real rump shaker… Having a wiggle right now!!!
‘ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN’
This has been in my record box since day one… Just a classic!!
‘There will be a time in the not too distant future where all of this will be a distant memory. So for now, we all just need to do our bit.” – Peter Lawlor
TOWNES VAN ZANDT
‘WAITIN´AROUND TO DIE’
As grim as the title may be I’ve found myself going back to this song, and this particular performance the last few weeks. I love Townes’ guitar playing and also his storytelling. I could have picked his performance of ‘Pancho and Lefty’ from the same documentary, but this is a really powerful and intimate performance to an audience of two.
I’ve been finding it difficult to listen to any kind of dance music the last while, but this has been one that keeps creeping into my listening habits. One of the most consistent and best producers for the last decade in Ireland.
This is his latest release on the always great Distant Worlds label. The track really builds nicely over the course of its 7+ minutes running time. It literally ticks every box for me personally. Lush pads, acid, 808 and Cignol’s typical ear for melody. Every release from him is buy on sight at this stage.
‘WHAT A ROOM’
I could’ve picked any tune from the new EP, but this is a good a place to start as any. Gareth and David make really unique sounding tunes when they team up.
There’s a rawness to the production and a really fun improvisational feel to their music that is missing from a lot of dance music. When they make music together it sounds like two friends jamming away on some machines and ultimately just having a bit of fun. The fact that it’s really good is an afterthought.
‘WE WILL BE ONE’
Full disclosure, the label I run released this. Still, I find myself going back to this EP a lot. We usually release dance music as well as experimental ambient stuff, so this was a bit of a departure from that.
Claire’s vocal performance and lyrics are the centrepiece throughout, accompanied by Neil’s production. In particular, the line “needing no one else”, seems to be apt for all our current quarantined states.
“These words of wisdom may buck against how most people currently perceive their situation – but – “The biggest mistake you can make is thinking you have time”… And don’t forget to breathe.” Al Feeney
‘YOU PLAYED IT OUT’
It as been a melancholy year so far me, on top of everything that is going on at the moment, this one is just one of the more recent (there has been so many) beauties that the late great Andrew Weatherall turned me onto.
‘DISAPPEAR – DUNCAN GREY REMIX’
… and this is just a great one from the man himself.
These guys were unquestionably my EP highlight last year. I enjoyed it all the more as I saved the day with some very last minute dynamic on the spot problem solving to ensure the gig happened!
Here they are pleading for a little “Common Sense”, an important ask for the times we are in. More from these guys later…
‘THE PRIDE OF PETRAVORE’
Lankum! I just love this album and band so much, trad and cool are not words that gel easily together, but lankum do it effortlessly with this immense call to battle! I love it!
‘LICK THE BAG’
Viagra Boys again. This time they have forgotten the plea for common sense and just want to plunge headlong into hedonism! One for when the good times roll again!
“I am hoping that we are all gonna be on the other side of this soon. I can’t wait to be dancing and sweating again in room packed with beautiful humans” – Marion Rukavina
THINKING OF YOU
This song is so smooth and cheerful. It just makes me sing and dance along, while extending ‘thinking of you’ to all my loved ones.
My all-time favourite of Grace Jones,. It’s so badass. Also, maybe best bassline ever, who knows?
‘MESSAGE FROM HOME’
Trish Keenan’s vocals are so comforting and kind. I listen to Broadcast a lot at the moment, so it was hard to just pick one song, but here you go.
DJ KOZE AKA ADOLF NOISE
‘WAS IST ZU VIEL ZEIT?
Koze’s alter ego Adolf Noise is asking the right question these days: what is too much time? Just think about it.
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
‘OUT OF TOUCH’
Time for some soul searching. BIG tune.