A blog about the things I find accidentally on Spotify while looking for something else

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Funk Factory - Michal Urbaniak

Mid-seventies jazz-funk fusion by the Polish electric five-string violinist Urbaniak.  Imagine what an album called Funk Factory sounds like.  This album sounds like that, but a bit less funky.


Monday, 17 June 2013

Diamanter - 70-Talet

A compilation of '70s Swedish pop.  Opens with the immortal Did You Give the World Some Love Today, Baby?  by the equally immortal album of the same name by Doris (still alive).  After that the quality dips somewhat, but later there is the witty 'Moviestar' by Harpo ('So you went to Sweden to meet Ingmar Bergman/He wasn't there') a cover of Suicide is Painless, and a song about Marie Antoinette.  'Save Me' by Brian Chapman is also pleasant.  The cover is the stuff that retro dreams are made of.


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Imaginary Landscapes: New Electronic Music

Early '90s collection of electronic compositions from what is still called 'classical' music, even though it stopped being that 200 years ago or something.  This sort of thing gets left out of the official electronic music narrative recounted in the music press (Kraftwerk, Eno, New Romantics, New Order, World Domination, the End) but it's worth listening to composers approaching the same instruments, but with a different end.  It's all totally new to me, anyway.  I expect someone who writes for The Wire magazine, or Wired magazine, or just watches The Wire on telly, knows about all this.  Some of it's a bit horrible and '80s in texture, but there's a lot of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts-type manipulation of found sounds as well.  Use it as the soundtrack for a dinner party where all the guests are people you don't like.


Monday, 3 June 2013

Lappish Joik Songs From Northern Norway

58 Lappish folk songs.  Most songs a capella and less than a minute. I wonder what the hurry was.  At first, it sounds like a human approximation of a ZX Spectrum loading, but once you're acclimatised it is quite relaxing and pleasant.  Apparently the lyrics are nonsense.  If Mumford and Sons need a new direction, can I suggest this as a starting point?


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Talking Blues - John Greenway

Folklorist John Greenway records his versions of mainly Depression-era talking blues, including those of Woody Guthrie, in the late '50s.  Subjects covered include the Dust Bowl, social workers, subways, Prohibition and the Atom Bomb.  'I Like Ike' brings things bang up to date in '58.  A stimulating, if slightly studied and polite introduction to a faded art form.