Saturday, 26 October 2013

collecting the moments

Heavy fog envelopes the city tonight. Perfect autumn. Dreamy. Dreamy And so is the Feist and Patrick Daughters duo.

...make a home from a rented house
and we'll collect the moments one by one
I guess that's how the future's done

how many acres how much light

tucked in the woods and out of sight
talk to the neighbours and tip my cap
on a little road barely on the map

Sunday, 20 October 2013

let them be perfect

The revolution will not be televised. But the apocalypse will. Summer Camp unmistakably proofed again their skills of blending sound with vision.

Please meet the director of the video Chris Boyle. See more video works of him here.

Monday, 14 October 2013

your toes will tap | your face should smile

Luxury. An office day. Self-indulgently digging through the music archives while working. Kudos to Soundway! Soundway present a very limited vinyl-only re-issue of an obscure LP by the enigmatic Nigerian artist Easy Kabaka Brown. (...) It's a record that will give you a golden, warm feeling. Your toes will tap, your face should smile and it certainly deserves to be heard by far more than only the few hundred people who bought it nearly 40 years ago.

Musically it's a intriguing mix of mostly Nigerian highlife with a bit of afro-jazz sung in the language of Kalabari from the Delta region of Southern Nigeria. From the bouncy good times of Belema to the deeper extended afro workout of Agboho this unique album stands out from thousands of others of it's time with a sound of its own that draws on many influences, with Congolese and latin touches to jazz trumpet and psychedelic organ lines. Easy Kabaka Brown (Opotopo was his nickname) was a versatile and eccentric musician who recorded two full length albums (this is the first) and only a couple of 45s. (...)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

learn to stand your ground

The calendar says ...Nothing like the sun was released back in 1987 on 13 Oct.

The video was directed by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger. Pleas see more videos here.

restored my broken dreams 
shattered like a falling glass
I'm not ready yet to be broken just yet
a lesson once learned is so hard to forget 
be still my beating heart
you must learn to stand your ground

listen to the music you like

The biking season started and ended in a concert mood. Just behind the corner. With the soundtrack of Veronica Falls.

The video was directed by Nicola Probert.

driving late at night... I'll let you listen to the music you like 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

sunday walk

Take a drive to Primrose Hill. It's windy there, and the view's so nice.

The video was directed by Julien Temple.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

after all this wandering

Feels good to be back. Revisiting dear and known places. Finding again the key to the city. Refreshing and sharp, it was such a nice surprise that you turned up.

great to be so small
great to be home after all this wandering

Friday, 4 October 2013

traffic lights

The superb sound of Friday night: Soweto Kinch, Karl Rasheed-Abel & Shaney Forbes.

"At a junction they stop talking all at once, and the silence sticks for a while, as if someone spat it at the windscreen and they're watching it slide down." Z. Smith The Autograph Man

Thursday, 3 October 2013

anybody lost or needs information?

Not necessarily lost but in need of information indeed. Music still being my radar.

This man makes a living by helping tourists and visitors to London find their way around with the aid of a large street map. In exchange he receives tips. Recorded near Long Acre, Covent Garden. 2 x Shure WL-183 mics and Sony PCM-M10 recorder. (via the London Sound Survey). 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

patron saint of their neighbourhoods

The lovely voice came through the speakers in the part café. Natalie Blake and her friend Leah Hanwell had long ago agreed that this voice sounded like London - especially its northern and north-western zones - as if its owner were patron saint of their neighbourhoods. Is a voice something you can own?  Zadie Smith, N-W