Friday, 19 May 2017

Joe Goddard

The eternal swoon-master, Joe Goddard, has returned with a slice of fresh, warm electronic delight.

His new album, Electric Lines travels through a diversity of funky, soulful, scratchy, grimey, bass-driven noise. And it is good.

I tend to opt for the rollicking. Clichéd Mulrine.

But the affectionate sounds of Home are happily pacifying my being.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

From Here We Go Sublime

It is just over 10 years since The Field realised From Here We Go Sublime. And just over 10 years ago I wrote this about it:
The Field has somewhat fallen into my world from, I'm not really sure where.

And I am insanely grateful.

From Here We Go To Sublime is something I felt I almost stepped into. I felt I was wearing the sound and music as it filled my ears. It completely enveloped me from beginning to end.

I don't want to say too much on it.

Words may erode this piece of joy.
Only to add that I feel the same. I still listen to this album monthly, weekly, daily.

I want Everyday played at my funeral. Ta, future person who is organising it. Bigger thanks to Axel Willner. You'll never know...

Friday, 24 March 2017

Beck

Freaky, and arguably now retro, vibes accompanying my commute the past week.

The delightfully lurid, sexual, and bizarre sounds of Beck's 1999 album Midnight Vultures is unadulterated joy. I find it almost impossible to listen to without breaking into smiles and song.

I remember my Dad loaning this album on CD from Bradford library and then getting it copied and burned at his work for me. I must have been about 15 years old.

It still sounds as crazy and boundary defying as it did then.

Let's have some Nicotine & Gravy!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Gesaffelstein and strength..

After being told I was "a bit combative" and knowing that if the work had come from a male, middle-class or more senior colleague that would have never been said by this particular person, I needed something that felt combative.

As if by magic Viol by Gesaffelstein appeared.

So feel empowered! And work to defy expectation and limitations placed on you. I won't feel ashamed of writing with integrity and rigour. If you want apologetic, hesitant and unquestioning deference to authority then you are working with the wrong person.

There's some midweek motivation for yer!


Friday, 24 February 2017

A decade of Pop Cultureddd

Well..

Pop Cultureddd is ten years old.

Just let that sink in.

TEN. YEARS. OLD.

It doesn't make any sense.

I think I will continue to occasionally and haphazardly say things and stuff for a wee bit longer.

Ta if you've eva read owt on 'ere.

I can see some reflective stuff coming up on PC like..

Thursday, 16 February 2017

In Praise of.. Maxime Dangles (Pt 2)

I've returned to Maxime Dangles album Resilience LP.

For a fairly significant period of time this album dominated my life. I had a CD in the car, another CD in my stereo, it was on repeat on my MP3 player, it was on my phone on Spotify and I would listen at work through the web. Yea. Dominating.

It is happening again. And it makes me feel dark and warm at the same time.

That'll do for me, right now.


Monday, 30 January 2017