Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Listening Club - 11th January 2015

Hey hey hey,

Ah, holiday time winds down and bleak midwinter beckons; here in Amsterdam it's been blowing a mighty gale, much to the annoyance of cycle-parkers city-wide. Despite that, it's a good time of year to be in the city, as tourist levels are at their lowest, and stay-at-home-ness is at it's mostest, making for very calm, quiet streets to wander through (mighty gales notwithstanding)...

Looking at the calendar I see we have a #vortex coming up a little sooner than expected, thanks to 1st Feb falling on a Sunday, so I'll be coming amongst you later this evening with the ideas plate, fishing for contributions - feel free to chip one in if you have one.

Last week @faberfedor was back in the chair, playing with everyone's heads as usual with the instrumental version of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper", which led to some very interesting revelations and, yes, quite a bit of singing along... Thanks to FF for the pick, and for flipping the frisbee across to, well, me. So here I am with the intro... (*quickly dons wig & fake moustache*)

"Ahem. In true #LC style I thought I had this one nailed immediately, but over the course of the week, as always, a ton of additional options presented themselves, all of which seemed like they'd do the trick splendidly. Unable to decide, and very close to rolling a dice or picking one at random, I thought it best to wait till the day to see what kind of mood I was in. Last night was filled to bursting with Belgian beer and retro soul and funk till the early hours, so today I'm not surprisingly on a mellower tip, therefore a mellower selection you all get, m'kay?

Don't want to say too much by way of intro about this one, which popped up in a playlist of albums from last year that passed me by at the time, but within half-a-minute of track one starting, the spider-sense was seriously tingling. Fine playing, great songwriting, a characterful singer, excellent production and bucketloads of atmosphere. The only bad thing about this album is it doesn't seem long enough, but hey, it's their 5th one, so you've got plenty to dig back into if you feel so inclined, and I reckon you will.

Hope you enjoy..."

Okaydoke. Direct download is here (link at top of the page), Mixcloud (may well say nasty things about your mother) stream is here.

See you at 8pm GMT!

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