Wasn’t sure whether I was going to get the opportunity, work is mental, the kids are feral, but I’ve got a beer, and I’ve stumbled across some nice tunes – and it’s either write this or find another way of avoiding the football on TV …
Was pointed at this one earlier on today so it’s a bit of a last addition, but it’s a wonderfully odd little soul/R&B number, with an startlingly crisp vocal, and as you’d expect from a track called Listen to the Drums, a serious tom sound going on. (hi-)Hats off to Richard Caiton!
(though you’ll have to cough up around £125 for a copy off Discogs – ouch!)
Bought this next one from Djar One for the nice little spin on the classic Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tune, Beggin’ which I’ve been playing the pilooski edit of for yeeeeeeear, and quite frankly I prefer the drums on this one, especially with wicked little bongo break in the middle. The flip – a re-edit of Lynne Randell – Stranger in your Arms is a lovely retouch of a Northern Soul classic as well.
Drops over on Beats House Records on the 30th July – limited run of 300, so shift yourself (don’t worry, I’ve already bagged mine
Last up is probably weather influenced, given we’re in the middle of a ‘heatwave’ – UK in having sun in the summer shocker!
This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the legendary Trojan Records, which has lead to a slew of compilations, reissues and an occasional uncovered gem, which is the case with The Silvertones’ Silver Bullets album. It’s been in heavy rotation over the last week or so, and Soul Sister is the one that’s earworming me everytime I hear it – though their rootsy cover of The Archies / Sugar, Sugar also has to be heard to be believed