Afternoon Naps : Sunbeamed (Instant Disco)
Scientific studies have shown that afternoon naps may boost your heart health.
The album (which clocks in at a perfect 21 minutes - they know that perfect pop should be short and sweet - there's no flab or fillers here) veers from the giddy rush of a track called "orange paw" which is very Mates of State in sound, via an instrumental called "argyle spring" which could have been lifted straight of Felt's "let the snakes crinkle their heads ..." al the way through to the more thoughtful " the end is near" which is reminiscent of early Belle and Sebastian (think "Dylan in the movies" but with added Spaghetti Western trumpets). Highlight has to be "postcard" however which really shows their love of the Californian sunshine pop of the '60's (one could play this song in between anything by the Free Design and Best of Friends' "Daybreak" and no-one would notice).
The band themselves describe their music as modernist classic pop and they are not far of the mark. I for one will indulge in these Afternoon Naps a little bit more, and so should you. They protect your heart.
Souvenir : Extras 64 (Jabalina Musica)
After a remarkable dancey opus "64" this year, Spanish francophile band Souvenir is coming back this 26/11 with a new EP including 2 brand new songs : the dance-floor killer "Si tu sais pas" and Blondie's cover "Hanging on the Telephone" in french of course ! Along with these, 3 remixes of "64" songs "Allô Allô", "Une semaine en ballon" and "Accident à Londres" ! "Allô Allô" (also included in the CD as a single video in its original version) is remixed in a very classy eurodisco way by Swedish Master Johan Agebjörn (Sally Shapiro). All songs can be streamed HERE
Speaking of Johan Agebjörn, he recently made a tremendous "female voice" mix called "Sackaros" for Tokion FM, including his latest Allô Allô Remix between some 80's classic french pop like Mylène Farmer & Mikado, and other old and recent scandinavian artists like Sophie Rimheden, Cloetta Paris and the wunderschön song "Follow Me" by Ercola feat. Annie (unfairly neglected all over the world - except in Ibiza - this summer !). Here it is :
Bonus : Johan Agebjorn mix "Sackaros"
1. Mylène Farmer - L’Ame-Stram-Gam
2. Sophie Rimheden feat. Annika Holmberg - Can You Save Me? (Mont Ventoux Remix)
3. Cloetta Paris - I Miss You Someone
4. Sally Shapiro - I Know
5. Souvenir - Allô allô (Johan Agebjörn remix)
6. Ercola feat. Annie - Follow Me (Original Club Mix)
7. Mikado - Romance
8. Ingela Renliden - Dockans Man
Thanks to Jaime & Johan
If you're around London, here are 3 good reasons to consider this gig :
1) First ever UK gig by The Icicles ! Prepare for some fresh girly pop !
2) Stars of Aviation are as good as B&S live !
3) Pop 'n Cherries will spin some tunes before and after the gigs
See you there !!
Colin Clary : Apocalypse Yow ! (Asaurus)
"It's funny how sometimes kindness can feel like urgency and at other times it's the easiest, gentlest thing in the world. Some songs are endings and others are beginnings or commentary or hopeful ways if seeing the light in dark corners. Who decided that letdowns are romantic ? Maybe that's what the twee blues are about. I don't know. If you're an indiepop fan, you should be proud and excited every time one of your heroes ducks the boring cultural spotlight. We firmly reject all that shite, allowing, of course, the guilty pleasure or two. Believe what you want, your tone is inconsistent here. That's cool with me, though. I hope you enjoy my new album. I made it for you. Best, Colin. Yow !"
Mood : affirmative ! => Colin Clary : "Top secret secret project"
Fitness Forever - Bacharach (2006)
Tullycraft – The Punks are writing love songs (2007)
Sylvie Laliberté - Ca s'appelle la vie (2004)
The Lodger - Getting Special (Heads We Dance Remix) (2007)
Plastics – Peace (1980)
The Foxgloves – I dreamt Love was a Crime (2003)
The Keith John Adams – Elizabeth Hodgkinson Warzone (2007)
Emitt Rhodes – Come ride, come ride (1967)
The Softies – Hey Hey Girl (2001)
Twisted Charm – Clone Baby (2007)
Righeira – Disco Volante (1983)
The Airfields - You’re so wonderful (2007)
After-School Sports : Wind Up (2007)
Pants Yell – More Purple (2007)
Sophie Rimheden feat Annika Holmberg – Can You save me ? (
Anthony Rochester – Interplanetary Relationships (2007)
Autokratz : Reaktor (2007)
It's on the radio ==>
La Casa Azul : La Revolucion Sexual (elefant)
It's been a too long wait since the last proper LCA album, this despite the continuous unsated play of "El Sonido..." and "Tan Simple..." (my 7 year-old daughter can prove it, which doesn't mean she disapproves it, on the contrary...especially with the first-named)
La Revolucion sexual : more disco than eurodisco, more easypop than bubblegum, more electronico-encased than guitar-driven, more Shibuya than Jpop, LCA is going a step forward in the direction of labelmates Helen Love, but still being purely LCA-trademarked : sudden tempo changes, sunshine pop melodies, mix of all genres and sounds (purely homemade - no music sample) as long as it is papalapapa-pop, including 8bit and Kraut inclusions !
Mexico and Barcelona are already mad about them, London and Stockholm still have to shake their ass a bit, not to talk about aliens ...
"La revolucion sexual" video with Guille Milkyway for the first time officially in action !!!! :
Various : B9 Compilation / Digital Dance : Treatment (Sandwich / LTM Recordings)
Brussels, Belgium, post-punk period...
Alongside the very arty and chic belgian labels Les Disques du Crépuscule & Crammed Discs, Sandwich Records was a clearly less elitist & more underground alternative offered, focused on electro-experimental & post-punk rock.
The purpose of the label was not to attract a cult audience but more to promote home-grown artists like Polyphonic Size, Kid Montana or Digital Dance. As usual, due to lack of funds, the label had to close down in 1982 after only 17 proper releases.
The cult Sandwich Records' B9 compilation is now reedited on LTM by James Nice (who used to work in Brussels for Le Crépuscule and PIAS in the mid 80's). For this reissue, the comp has been happily expanded with 8 extra tracks by the Names, Isolation Ward, Front 242..., presenting a more exhaustive picture of the Belgian scene between 1979 and 1983.
Amongst all those bands, Digital Dance - together with The Names -, was the most remarkable, playing some great guitar-driven anxious and austere music, in the vein of Josef K. Like a miracle, a reissue compilation of all their works called "Treatment" is released on LTM in the same time than the B9 comp !
Sources : B9 bis sleeve notes
"Melodrama can be distinguished from Tragedy by the fact that they are open to having a happy ending"
Alice Luther Näsholm is only eighteen years old, is hailing from Stockholm and is making this type of fresh bedroom-casio-pop driving me instantly mad, less clean than Bobby Baby, more DIY than Action Biker, sometimes as inspired as Soda Fountain Rag, this is released as a 300 copies only CDr so hurry up to get the chance to pick one HERE or HERE ! Melodrama songs on light comedy music...
=> "Wind up"