Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Listening Club - 20th September 2015

Greetings folks,

Hope you're doing fine and dandy, whatever you're up to - the drift into Autumn continues here in A-dam, which really just means the rain is getting slightly colder, however my body has definitely clocked the season change, putting the old nasal mucous membrane into production duty and starting the yearning for warming pots of stew, chilli and curry, not to forget the delicious local range of seasonal bock beers. However, already feeling rather musically nourished following a 6 hour Mr Scruff set on Friday might that touched pretty much all the possible bases, including a full 16 minute drop of this when he needed to pop off to the little DJs room. Very impressive stuff, as always. This week there's Hugh Cornwell, King Crimson and Demdike Stare to look forward to, so join me in saying Yay to the Autumn touring times!

And Lo, it's #vortex time again next week folks too, after the #sleepyvortex are we having a #wakeupvortex ? Let me know on the tweets, please....

Last week @NeilPBardhan was in the #LC chair and hit a huge home run with his pick of "Granada Doaba" from Gnawledge, a very impressive blend of cultures and beats indeed, and one that received a pretty much universal thumbs-up from the assembled. Many thanks to Neil for the pick and for sailing the frisbee back across to @nessiest, who's here with this week's intro...

"My listening club dilemma is often “how do I find something none of you will know, that’s still worth taking up your evening for”? Tonight I finally let that one go – I suspect more than a couple of you will know this album and the artist, and you know what? I would love to listen to this album with you guys so much. If it can’t be with you in the room, then at least we can listen to it together. I was going to go for a recent release by someone else but flipped to this because hopefully even if you do know it, you may not have listened to it in a little while.

This is a playful gem of an album, focused, precise, but never cold and remarkably cohesive. It balances sweeping grooves with songs veering off into the horizon. Less is more sums up this album nicely and the result is a lyrical dream. (Yes I used all the adjectives.)

It’s not unrelated to a recent-ish pick by another listeningclubber, but definitely not the same. I like the idea of our choices being part of a longer dialogue though.

Reminder: shuffles off, folks – this story needs to be told in order."

Yeehaw. Direct download is here, and the HearThis stream is here!

See you at 8pm (BST+1)

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