Spring is almost upon us. The stubborn ice has finally begun to thaw, and layers upon layers of snow are finally collapsing in to large piles of dog shit brushed in to mounds on the cycle paths. Still you have to love it. The temperature is a tropical 5°, and that ineffable sense of seasonal change is in the air. We’re bound to have a few wobbles and dips until we’re safe from having to put on our winter coats, which by now are well in need of a wash, but I can’t help but think that the worst of this rather long and bitter winter is over.
Below you’ll find a selection of photos taken by a friend of mine, Upneet Bains, in the Berlin summer. The striking thing about these photos is the way they capture the emotional tug that the seasons can so often wield, be it the deep sense of relief and optimism felt at the start of March, or the dreamy feeling of contentment as one washed out midsummer day slips mindlessly in to another. How Neetu managed to make haggard old Görli park look like the lushest of English cricket grounds I’ll never know, but hats off…
Three tracks from the 1998 album by the Dirty Three. Evocative, boozy folk music made for the ocean.
The Restless Waves – The Dirty Three
Last Horse on the Sand – The Dirty Three
End of the Earth – The Dirty Three
I was in a pub last night where the two animated bar attendants were playing tracks to their customers straight off of Youtube. Over the din of the lo-fi pop that was pouring out of the speakers requests were being made. The spelling of band names and songs was clarified by notes on tissue paper passed over the bar, “Er heißt Frankie K-nuckles”. One of the many covers of “Teardrops” by Womack & Womack got dropped a couple of times, and it reminded me of what a great song the original was. It’s probably common knowledge, but the XX covered it recently, and much to my dismay, it’s great. Both the original and the XX cover can be found below:
Here’s a lo-fi electro-dream-pop remix of a track originally wrtitten by a Berlin band from the early 80s called “Ideal”. Any more info on this track and where I could buy it from would be much appreciated.
Deeply affected by the recent kidnapping of one of their members by the tribes of the Kaerlud area, Love&Mercy have put together a mix in the hope that it might motivate his captors to free him. Some say the ploy is related to Love&Mercy’s recent adoption of the Beyond the Guilty Pleasure theory. Owing to the absence of the said core member, “To Jamie with Love” is a somewhat different affair than the Digital Coconut, and has been branded by Tom Paulin as a “novel meditation on the Roland 808 and its affects on the post-scarcity psyche”. S. L. Funky, responsible for much of the post-production work, stated that the mix was very much a move away from the beach and back towards the primordial forest. The mix is dedicated to a minor God of the early house music business, Jamie Principle.
To Jamie with Love – mixed by Love&Mercy
1. I’m Going to Go – Jago
2. Heart & Soul – Imagination
3. I Need Your Loving – Tensnake
4. Galaxy – Visions of Tomorrow
5. Love Light – Soul Clap
6. Farley Knows House – Farley Jackmaster Funk
7. It’s You – E.S.P
8. Jack Your Body – Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
9. Release Yourself – The Fantastic Aleems
10. Reckless With (Your Love) – Azari & III
11. Coma Cat – Tensnake
12. Brooklyn Club Jam (L.S.B. Barqueira Jam Mix) – Runaway
13. Dance with Me – Soundstream
14. Jump (Garage Version) – Man Friday
Sometimes you hear songs that just make you indescribably happy. I had just such an experience on the weekend, when having taken refuge from a beautifully sunny but bitterly cold Berlin afternoon, I heard Shed‘s “Estrangé” for the first time. I’ve been spoilt for stand-out musical good feel recently, another highlight being my first time with Jon Delerious‘ “Posey Down” (first heard on Morissless’ “Forever” mix). Long live the euphoric melancholic!
Estrangé – Shed
Posey Down – Jon Delerious
Herbie talks gold…
Less inspired but kind of funny…