Shock World Service #045
We Are The Moment, Built To Last by Cian Ó Cíobháin
18/01/12 Galway, Ireland
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Hello there & welcome to 2012 from the World Service. We commence the year with 18 tracks of reverie & hallucinatory harmonies from Cian Ó Cíobháin.
1. Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
Another paeon to absent love from the cherub-voiced cellist, released post-humously on ‘Another Thought’ in 1994.
2. Destroyer – Chinatown
Sounds like Paddy McAloon from Prefab Sprout duetting with Belle & Sebastian-era Isobel Campbell. The 2011 Destroyer LP ‘Kaputt’ featured more sax than a season of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ re-runs.
3. Ultra Vivid Scene feat Kim Deal – Special One
A huge favourite from my teenage years, this one had all but disappeared from my life, only re-discovering it on YouTube last summer. Search for a great clip of Kim Deal yelling the chorus into Kurt Ralske’s ear.
4. Burt Bacharach – Something Big
One of the most joyous songs I had the fortune of hearing last year, it’s from a 1973 LP called ‘Living Together’ which is not too shabby at all. I only wish the song would to on for longer. Anyone up for an extended re-edit?
5. Family Of Eve – Please Be Truthful
1979 debut single from Pittsburg outifit that first came to prominence VIA Keb Darge’s first ‘Legendary Deep Funk’ compilation on BBE. If you have the original 7” on Jeree, make sure to put it in the safe – copies have exchanged hands for over 700E.
6. Laura Lee – Don’t Leave Me Starving For Your Love
A rarely heard, but utterly beguiling, Holland-Dozier-Holland compostion from Chicago-born Laura Lee, which was originally released on H-D-H’s Hot Wax label in 1974.
7. Mystery Jets – The Tale
From an American-only release, the ‘Flotsam & Jetsam’ EP from 2007, this sounds like three songs rolled into one. Gasp in amazement as a folk ballad is turned into a 60s psychedelia ditty before your very ears, only to be eventually steamrolled over by the grunge train.
8. Da Luniz – I Got Five On It
Bit of a worldwide hit this one in 1995, a quick Google reveals this nugget of information: “ ‘I got 5 on it’ is a phrase meaning to pay half for a dime bag (a 10 dollar bag of weed) with another person.” You can hear a sample of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Jungle Boogie’ in there somewhere.
9. Aaliyah – More Than A Woman
I occasionally go through stages of suddenly loving genres that I may not have cared for too much in the recent past. It happened with country last summer. No car journey was compete without some Handsome Family or Silver Jews. Turn-of-the-century r’n’b has been making waves in my life recently, re-awakened by LPs from The Weekend, Frank Ocean & A$ap Rocky .This Timbaland creation originally surfaced on Aaliyah’s self-titled third album in 2001. Not to be confused with The Bee Gees song of the same name.
10. Oneohtrix Point Never – Child Soldier
Daniel Lopatin’s new LP ‘Replica’ as O.P.N. reveals an artist totally letting loose in his new studio. Particulary on this tune that takes seemingly unrelated musical elements and puts them together in a manner that sounds utterly fresh to these ears.
11. Virginia Astley – A Father
Kind of reminds me of Julee Cruise (especially her ‘Twin Peaks’ songs) . . from Virgina’s 1986 LP ‘Hope In A Darkened Heart’, which was produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
12. Scritti Politti – Absolute
From 1985’s ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’ LP, Gart Greenside sounds utterly at one with dreamy post new wave synth-pop. Sounds almost like a blueprint for New Order’s ‘Technique’ which followed a few years later.
13. Belbury Poly – The Willows
Jim Jupp, who runs the Ghost Box label, has released many records under the Belbury Poly moniker. This one from 2004 puts me in mind of some of Aphex Twins’ finest ambient/pastoral moments.
14. Disco Inferno – Love Stepping Out
Disco Inferno were formed in Essex in the late 80s and though they released a few LPs & EPs in the early to mid-90s, they remained comletely off my radar until One Little Indian compiled ‘The Five EPs’ (which features this beauty) last year. How did I miss out on this lot? They’re so up my street, reminding me variously of Joy Division/New Order, Viriginia Astley & Cocteau Twins . I recall a similiar thing happening with Devo. Somehow, I never even heard of them till I hit 30. Now that I have the D.I. Eps, I must make a point of tracking down the LPs.
15. Kitchens Of Distinction - Drive That Fast
Every podcast needs an anthem that makes you want to roll down the car windows & crank up the volume. Here’s one from Tooting, south London, 1991.
16. Sascha Funke – Now You Know
From the ‘Funkt EP,’ released on Bpitch Control in 2002, this manages to sound like Ricardo Villalobos reworking The Postal Service, while still finding a cameo for Fritz Kalbrenner on vox.
17. Joy O – Sicko Cell
Slowly crept up to become an unlikely anthem in the clubs last year, with strong support from Pearson Sound, Jackman, Loefah & Bok Bok. The composer’s identity was the subject of much online speculation. I think it’s been ascribed to Joy Orbison since though? Not for everyone, but it gets me motoring.
18. Westbam & Nena – Oldschool, Baby (Piano Mix)
“We are the moment, built to last”. Breathless sun-kissed, Italo-influenced classic from 2002, featuring none other than the voice of yer wan who sang ’99 Luftballons’.
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