Archive for April 22nd, 2007

April 22, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Coldcut – Stop This Crazy Thing (Feat. Junior Reid)

“See what they doin’, people are starvin’, children are cryin’, animals are dyin’, governments who lie to you, don’t let them tell you what to do”

‘Stop This Crazy Thing’ (From Coldcut’s 1988 ‘What’s That Noise?’ album) has been a favourite track of mine for a few years. I was introduced to them by my older brother, who actually painted a 7ft mural of the sleeve (Shown above) on his bedroom wall. One day last week, I was listening to ‘Stop This Crazy Thing’ on the walk home from work and it suddenly struck me like a lightning bolt, that it was the greatest recording ever laid down by the hand of man! (‘Cos sometimes only hyperbole will do).

It’s a dense collage of samples, and learning where they all come in is the fun part. After countless listens I can mimic all the bits like “Do you like, scra, scra, scra, scratchin'”, “Okay fellas gimme the works” and “Meanwhile back in the jungle”. Each time I put it on I seem to notice something new, for example, as I listen now, I’m thinking “I didn’t notice those Crickets before?”. Junior Reid’s ecologically conscious anti-capitalist lyrics are just as relevant today, almost 20 years later.

Coldcut – Stop This Crazy Thing (Feat. Junior Reid) mp3

Click here to buy Coldcut’s absolutely essential new ‘Sound Mirrors’ album from HMV for just £8.99.

Click here to get a copy of the out-of-print ‘What’s That Noise?’ album from Ebay.

Here are links to watch incredible videos for ‘Stop This Crazy Thing’, ‘Timber’, ‘True Skool’, ‘White Christmas At The White House’, ‘Atomic Moog’, ‘Everything Is Under Control’, ‘The State We’re In’, ‘World Of Evil’ and ‘Re:Volution’ on YouTube.

Coldcut Website / Coldcut MySpace / Junior Reid MySpace

April 22, 2007

HERMAN DUNE – I Wish That I Could See You Soon (CD & 7″ Single)

Source ETC SOURCD126/SOUR126: 16th April 2007
1. I Wish That I Could See You Soon (Original / Lisa Li-Lund Version)
“And if you wait a little my pretty friend, until I come back to hold your hand, we’ll be like bugs when they break through cocoons, you know I wish that I could see you soon”
2. I Wish I Had Someone That I Loved Well
“You said I wish that my last name was easier to spell, and I wish I had someone that I loved well”
3. Song Of Samuel
“And she said father I am still your child, but I see how mad you could be, please let me be Samuel’s bride, as he means everything to me”

‘I Wish That I Could See You Soon’ is like a glorious meeting of minds between Paul Simon and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I love the charming way he sings “And I was like… and she was like” before some of the lines and the way his voice wavers on the word “Spoon”. ‘I Wish That I Could See You Soon’ is a single so laid back that I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the fading evening sun on my face. Lisa Li-Lund provides the angelic backing vocals on the single and she’s also done her own version for the B-side. It’s a Lo-Fi acoustic/Drum-Machine cover that brings to mind a fragile Kirsty MacColl.

‘I Wish I Had Someone That I Loved Well’ is a beautiful poem that reminded me of Louden Wainwright III at his best. ‘Song Of Samuel’ is a love story described with such warmth, grace and skill that it’s like a chilled out Dylan. ‘I Wish That I Could See You Soon’ is taken ‘Giant’, their 5th or 6th Studio album… boy have I been missing out!

Click here to buy Herman Dune’s new ‘Giant’ album from HMV for only £9.99.

Here are links to watch delightful videos for ‘I Wish That I Could See You Soon’ and ‘I Wish That I Could See You Soon (Work In Progress)’ on YouTube.

Herman Dune Website / Herman Dune MySpace / Lisa Li-Lund MySpace