Rambutan Cover

Moody, mournful and a dash morose; all words which come to mind when I think of this debut. After a streamlined renaming, Landshapes nee Lulu and the Lampshades have shifted their sound to a more challenging form of aggression. Rambutan is  a broody painting of internal struggle, but if I was to put a single word to it, I’d name call it. bewitching. Bella Union certainly do know how to pick them.
Opening with Racehorse, we are thrown into a pensive reflecting pool, a collection of slow grooves which certainly pierce the soul. interplay between singers is  haunting; the  tones are certainly piercing but it is  entwined in a delicate harmony which you can rather easily lose yourself. your mind in.
In limbo, is possibly  the most fascinating track on this release, the calm does come before the storm and this in way exception. It has a little something for everybody, the percussion is beyond varied the guitar work beautifully restrained and the bass work is deliciously relaxed, Lulu herself reveals the power beneath her voice with a candor I relish and admire.
LJ Jones is another brilliantly arranged song, theoff-beat approach to syncopation outdoing with wonderful latinate rhythm is inspired but the great thing about this song is its middle eight, the resolution becomes something so much more as it becomes more introverted and riddled with self-reflection. The next three songs start to follow an extremely well executed pattern, building up to a perfectly executed selection of crescendos whilst always spiraling into glorious madness.

Impasse is especially enthralling, its slid intensity is only matched by its unidentifiable quirkiness. The exceptional weave of vocal patterns weave a thick cloth of sadness which fills you with not only sadness, but a grim determination.
Demons, the only surviving reminder of Lulu and the Lampshades Cold Water EP, is a fruitfully folksy affair, and as much as I quite despise western folk, this cannot really be faulted, it’s jarring brings on a palpable feel of unease, it twists and turns and displays some frankly terrifying arco work from the fiddles.
As always I have a highlight, Insomniac ‘s club is a percussionists heaven, the groove has a puisance which resonates with samba, calypso and soca, whilst still holding a western edge . The result is spicily tribal groove, Lulu’s fresh airy tones over the top is an added force of nature. This tune really ties the album together in a beautiful way.
Rambutan Isn’t a game changer, it just made a new game. It throws you into a world of dreams bordering on nightmares, its dangerous quality is the root of its appeal, and one would be remiss not to accept the challenge and listen. They are masters of syncopation, their vocal arrangements ethereal, and they take no prisoners.
Landshapes make their own standard, then they surpass it. Enjoy.

melt yourself down

Today’s tune is something beautiful, a groove from a band which meld soca, with heavy break beat.

Melt Yourself Down are a collection of super musos, They create insane rhythms, and  that is pretty  the long and short of it. Mouth to Mouth speaks to the percussionist in me; it boasts a technical veracity which strikes a tone with the dancer within me. The sensual blend of funky Soca and blazing Afrobeat creates a force to be reckoned with, it’s truly a tune to be danced to with extreme vigour.

Enjoy friends.

melt yourself down

DiscoveryToday’s 100 feature a  beautifully constructed piece; Verdis Quo is one of my favourite songs from Daft Punk’s 2001 masterpiece Discovery. It’s a tune which burrows it’s way into your mind, the insistent groove is a thing of wonder. It smoothly blends house with baroque harmony creating an air of graceful sophistication. But the real cherry on top is the fact it all majestically rests  on a relaxed groove, relaxed yet profoundly forceful. It’s a tune which invites both peace and distance, a tune for holding somebody, yet somehow still for quiet solitude.

To any drummers reading this, I suggest blasting this groove and having a free for all, it’s apparent simplicity has amazing opportunities for improvisation.

septemberWell September has come once again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t use this tune as a set of 100. It combines funk, soul and of course, the genre for which they are best known, disco.

This groove is full of beauty, there’s absolutely no other way to put it. This is the Elements truly on form. The hard hitting pulse, the fundamental core which drives you’re feet along is a truly wonderful use of beat, (and cowbell might I add). Bailey’s falsetto creates riffs which are just supposed to be sang along to; the interplay between himself and White, is a truly brutal combination.

But all that aside, the piece belongs to the Phenix Horns, these guys create a powerful outro which well and truly leaves you gagging for more.

Dedicated to Danni Argent. It’s her birthday and she needs this song in her life. Slojam.

protection

Todays 100 features a groove which flirts with the insatiable lusty family of rhythms which samba music blessed us with so many years ago.

Three is a song which provokes a profound amount of nostalgia, Its deliberate flow, and smooth insistent pulse creates a mind blowing rhythm, reminiscent of the rumba. It has a wonderful amount of sex appeal, but that’s not really the point in the tune,  Its introverted, it’s focus lies in your own self evaluation. Nicolletes breezy vocals create this aura of taking ones fate into your own hands, it’s hypnotising, listen and fall into a reverie, It truly is a beautiful gift.

Continuo

Everybody enjoys playing behind the one, even just sitting behind the one frees you up to to tickle the two. Drummers and Bassists will understand where I’m coming from. But let’s discuss Smash, Avishai Cohen has been called one of Israels greatest exports, I am inclined to agree with that statement, his mastery of harmony and rhythmic structure is something worthy of wonder. Smash subtly melds Funk, Jazz and Israeli Chord structures into a beautiful piece of life. The bonus comes with the flow of of the coda, there is only peace in this groove.

Enjoy. SJ.

Chet Faker

I have a friend who moved from Leeds to New Zealand, She is truly a beautiful piece of life. She put me on to this tune, and I must admit, despite my better judgement I’ve fallen in love with it.

This tune, has a broken down minimalist kinda beat, and by that I mean it develops itself naturally. The slightly broken accents, coupled with the jarring keys builds into this harsh crescendo which can only describe a hurt soul,  What I really like about this song is the complete lack of effort in the head, Faker makes a song which needs lyrics, not need lyrics, and that’s a thing which not many people can pull off.

Enjoy. And Happy Birthday Ruth Glynn x

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