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Apologies, apologies.

It’s been absolutely yonks since I shared anything on this blog. Consequently, I’ve picked up way too much music and given myself a bit of a backlog. Let’s do this quick fire.

I love this band. I love this band. I love this band. And this track, my God………it’s not for everyone and I’m a relative newcomer to them, but oh Bubblemath, you’ve made my year. Avoid That Eye Candy makes me want to jump up and down; not in a particularly rhythmic way, just the stupid House of Pain, dog on a leash sort of motion. What the hell happens to the drums at 0.36-38? How do the changes fit so well together? It’s genius.

 

Oh Yeah by Dutch Uncles. Label buddies of long time favourites Field Music, it’s a similar art poppy, catchy clever thing. A pleasantly surprising highlight of this year’s Glastonbury, the band’s latest album is undoubtedly worth a spin.

Speaking of long time favourites and somehow escaping my attention, Deerhoof’s contribution to 2016 was releasing two albums. Life Is Suffering is the band at its best: muddy grooves, DIY guitars and those signature vocals. Immerse and appreciate.

I first heard of Nickel Creek when I was maybe 15 years old, the virtuoso mandolin player gracing the front of my Guitarist magazine. I didn’t take my intrigue any further. Rekindling my interest only now, their last album, Dotted Line, is friggin’ great. Though there are a host of self penned country niceties, the cover of Mother Mother’s Hayloft is a real treat. It’s better than the original dare I say.

Another Glastonbury highlight, I don’t really need to say anything more about the great Thundercat. Just buy his latest album, Drunk.

I’ve outstayed my welcome. To leave with, the ‘technical sunshine instrumental offering of the year’ award goes to Chon. I uncomfortably listened to these guys at first, now I will unashamedly promote them to the hilt.  Here And There from this year’s album Homey brings the West Coast to your doorstep.

And that is what has been perpetrating my ear drums for the prior months. May it do the same to yours.

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Groove! numero tres

Let us revel in the ability people with instruments have to make you sit up, gawp slightly and shuffle. Or, in my case, rear up like a panicked dog emerging from the Channel Tunnel with the slightest hint of froth.

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Old American geezers Battles open proceedings with Wall Street – a sturdy mix of stringed instruments and electronic sampling backed up by some of the tightest drumming around. The production of the drums in particular is incredibly focused and resonant, with a cutting snare and huge bass drum with just the right amount of click.  Check out the inventiveness from 3.24 to 3.50, it will not fail to disappoint.

The original version is a stone cold funk classic, but this cover version of Sing A Simple Song by The Meters stands tall in its own right.

Another cover follows, as the Minutemen’s track The Only Minority is given a beefy update by Karate. A snippet of brisk funk with deliciously jazzy guitar noodling.

Finally, noise rock maestros Deerhoof give us Flower, taken from their latest release Breakup Song. The switch of riffs at 0.51………well, what more is there to say?

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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)