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Bring the sun out please.

Having been struck down by the lamentable bug of laziness for the last couple of weeks, I feel that a few tunes of invigorating sunshine are in order.

First up, this delicious number from the George Shearing Quintet. Watch Your Step is just one of a thousand or so tracks that Shearing released in his lifetime. The melody from 1.27 is particularly nice.

Next in line, Stax legends Booker T. & the MGs with Outrage, a classic keyboard boogie backed up by an exemplary rhythm section.

Powercut by The Cameos is wholly unique, I have yet to find a song which is comparable. A quirky, strange tune that never fails to raise an eyebrow.

One of Zappa’s more straight forward doo wop songs, Daddy Daddy Daddy is a real gem from the album 200 Motels.

While it may be in a minor key, there is no doubting the uplifting nature of Scoop Out, hardcore funk by Japanese virtuosos Soil & “Pimp” Sessions. Hectic.

And finally, what I consider to be the greatest of them all. If you are in attendance at my funeral (morbid?), then expect to hear this at full volume.

Enjoy!

As far as recommendations go, this is pretty solid.

Recommended to me by drummer extraordinaire Joshua Blackmore a few weeks back at Troyka’s V&A Museum gig, Deerhoof are a band that write music at a rate of knots. And in all honesty, that’s how it should be, especially when you consider the diverse nature of the material that Deerhoof have been releasing since 1997.

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With twelve albums under their belts and countless other singles, compilations and split releases, where on earth do you start? Latest release Breakup Song was my chosen point (logical I know), and it is an absolutely fantastic album. It grooves, stutters, bops and emits weird noises all at once, but is kept together by the vocal melodies that ground the songs and ensure that you do not feel lost in an electronic sea. The Trouble With Candyhands, taken from the album, is one such infectious funk laden track. Other highlights include Breakup Songs, Flower, Mothball the Fleet and There’s That Grin.

Taken from the album Friend Opportunity, The Perfect Me is unashamedly dirty with brilliant slide guitar work toward the end.

Originally known as a noise rock band, Deerhoof have evolved into something that even the band themselves can not put their finger on. All I can say is that their back catalogue is well worth exploring. Due to play Southbank at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival on 21st June, I am very much thinking of being in attendance if anyone would like to join.


(taken from the album Offend Maggie)