Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wild Weekend Vol. 59

Back after a short hiatus for just another Wild Weekend. The weather's fine, my team just won the Spanish league for the third time in a row and is on its way to Wembley for a big showdown, and the hits just keep on coming. On to edition #59 forthwith then so, with laidback alt HipHop from Basehead, crazy rockabilly by Tyrone Schmidling, and hot toasting courtesy of Prince Jazzbo. Irie times.

But let's begin with some deep soul, confusingly known also as northern soul (because they loved it up north in England) and southern soul (because the southern US states were a hotbed of the stuff). Eddie & Ernie are sneaking and hiding in shadows, which is their way of saying they're meeting their baby at the dark end of the street. In style. From '71, and compiled on the 2nd volume of the great Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures. Some twenty years later, a just as funky Basehead relaxes with a few tall cool ones while Easy E's 8-Ball plays in the background. There's worse ways to get through a hot afternoon I guess. From the DC collective's debut Play With Toys, still one of the finest alternative HipHop albums around.

Eddie & Ernie - Hiding In The Shadows MP3
Basehead - Ode To My Favorite Beer MP3

Going on a rockabilly rampage now with Tyrone Schmidling, who ups Elvis, Scotty and Bill's I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone quite a demented notch. In '58, an unexperienced Tyrone suddenly found himself inside a recording studio, and behind a microphone at that, to record a cover of Honey Don't in one take. As he needed another tune for the flipside, he made up this beauty on the spot. Up for some new gold soundz now? In that case, try on Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Zachary Cale, who'll release his third album Noise Of Welcome this month on the All Hands Electric label. Experimental folk with a healthy Dylan fixation, as Mourning Glory Kid shows with verve.

Tyrone Schmidling - You're Gone, I'm Left MP3
Zachary Cale - Mourning Glory Kid MP3

Gonna do the nineties indie flashback thing once again now, with the lovely but totally forgotten Virginia Dare. Mary O'Neil and co wrote sparse, intense songs with a slight country influence, and it's a shame nobody really caught on at the time. Have a taste of their How Does It Feel and try to hunt down the album (a singles compilation really) pictured above. And it's night night with Jamaican toaster Prince Jazzbo, who uses a strong Max Romeo riddim here. "Onward, forward, don't step backward..." Produced by that wizard Lee Perry of course, who clearly had himself a wild one down in his ramshackle Black Ark studio.

Virginia Dare - How Does It Feel MP3
Prince Jazzbo - Ital Corner MP3

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