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The Strypes - Spitting Image - Virgin Rec. - LP/CD

They needed an interview album with the Irish The Strypes to reach that full artistic maturity that was clearly seen in the sound of the early '10s but still lacked that quid to make the definitive leap of quality. Following the roaring debut of a pair of blues, punk and rock'n'roll EPs and the first full-length "Snapshot" (2013), between 2012 and 2013, the next "Little Victories" (2015) The more a step back, the premature song of a swan of a band destined to be a meteor. Yet the four Cavan youngsters have proven to be out of the reach of the short circuit and, once they've overcome the second album's obstacle, in 2017 they came back with "Spitting Image", much more convincing than the previous one, and most likely Tracks the definitive identikit of the band's sound and style. The Strypes move from blues-rock to sonority more closely linked to the 1970s and 1980s revival, offering a genuine encounter between rhythmic, minimalism in the choice of sounds borrowed by rock'n'roll founding fathers such as Bo Diddley ( Oh Cruel World) and Chuck Berry (I Need a Break from Holidays) and typically beat '60 elements: hammond carpets (Easy Riding, a song that at first listening would sound like Chords) and accordions (Garden of Eden, A Different Kind of Tension, Oh Cruel World). From the first two tracks, Behind Closed Doors and Consequence, the artistic reference to a modem revivalism band like the Secret Affair (the extraordinary resemblance between Ross Farrelly's and Ian Page's voice, to imbibing imitation (Elvis Costello, Eddie & The Hot Rods) made in '70, and tries ( With success) to transfer the live impetus to the Strypes for which the Strypes have become famous in the British Isles, despite the very young age (the four components were born between '95 and '97). A clever and tasty blend that is the real thing about the record (Get It Over Quickly, Turning My Back), which with great "cunninginess" can also get off in the nerve spots where the Strypes place delicate ballads that swim in the vast britpop sea - Particularly Blur of the Early 1990s (Grin and Bear It, Black Shades Over Red Eyes, Great Expectations) - to touched the country's acoustic universe with the penultimate Mama Give Me Order.Spitting Image is therefore not only a reason for Ransom for a band too hurriedly labeled as "immature", but above all it moves a few inches further up the stem that Strypes had raised by bringing in the 21st century sounds and styles from a cultural-musical past that contemporary mainstream is trying With all its power to confine in the attic. The last challenge for the young Irish quartet will be to not listen to the criticisms of those at home wanting to adapt to the times, without even having to understand the urgency that forces the band to become "unique" and resistant to subculture spokespersons

Scasso  19/07/2017


Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution - Parlophone Rec. - CD/LP

Only Paul Weller could celebrate an anniversary with one of his best records. The man who identified Mod aesthetics not only in style and in the image (always impeccable even at 59), but also in musical thinking by consistently interpreting the philosophy of "moving and learning" finds itself in 2017 with recurrence An important 40 - year - old album featuring at least two incarnations, In The City of The Jam (released in May 1977) and a well - established solo career that is not very prolific in self - celebration, as demonstrated in 2015 with ' Almost prog-rock album Saturns Pattern. So what did he do? An album that is a collection of modern classics and sounds like the new poster of a subculture inexorably devoted to reinventing itself. The "gentle revolution" mentioned by Weller in the title of his 13th solo album (but counting them all is 25, almost one every two years) is simply the return of the quality of writing and performing of all the genres that have created our Imaginary: rock, R & B, soul, funk, folk. Everything is done in a natural way, simple but not unconscious, never turning back to cover your past and adding (in addition to the spectacular keyboard-battery duo that accompanies it for years) of a host of guest scattered in the album, As invisible invitations to influences that date back to decades, from Madeline Bell's voice and PP Arnold to Boy George, who sings in One Tear until Robert Wyatt plays the trumpet in She Moves With the Fair. And then there is he, with his Long Long Roads, the blues of Satellite Kid, the New York funky, the attitude he does not allow replicas and his being an imaginary meeting point between David Bowie , Eric Clapton and Noel Gallagher. Paul Weller's class is a gift to today's music and its way of thinking current Mod is the best idea of ​​the future that one can imagine for rock.

Scasso  26/06/2017


Tony Beesley - Mojo Talkin' (Under the influence of Mod) - Days Like Tomorrow Books

Complementing the book: "Sawdust Caesars: Original Voices Mod", here is a new and fresh insight into the history of Modernism With a fundamental theme of distinct influence on the movement and documenting a multitude of related areas, this is a compelling and convincing study of the most A significant and influential youth phenomenon from the dawn of popular culture. Stylish, precise, intensely sought-after and fast, different and visual as the object itself, "Mojo Talkin" is the authentic voice of Modernism that evolves over decades. This heavyweight document of 514 pages, chronicles the various eclectic influences of our subculture. With great sections on the inspiration of First Modernism and its influences, the creativity of Mod Girls, collection of documents and the style of movement alongside the importance of DJing, art, musicians, literature and more ... ' Mojo Talkin 'is intended to explore and expand the whole map of Modern Modern themes. A FUNDAMENTAL BOOK !!!!

Scasso  21/06/2017


VV/AA - Le beat bespokè Vol. 7 - Detour Rec. - LP/CD

In addition to a collection of rare and unpublished pieces of the 60's gold era; "Le Beat Bespoke" is an international 60's and Mod festival that takes place every Easter in London. This is the seventh volume of this popular series and as its LBB7 predecessors are restored and mastered to the highest standard. The selections are sequenced in a rapidly evolving dj set with hits for dancefloor, new discoveries, unpublished gems and an exclusive re-mix by our beloved DJ: Dr. Robert (Bailey). The songs in this collection are obscure 60s club titles ignored at the time they were recorded and marketed in the form of 45 laps but worshiped by today's djs, dancers and collectors. Dr. Robert first tests these records within his London club; The Mousetrap, where "cool and cold" people gather for these fun nights or hipshakin, Once the piece has passed the Mousetrap test, he starts pushing on his compilations called Le Beat Bespokè. Some of these songs have put you on this album for your enjoyment of dance, listening and party!

Scasso  17/05/2017


Jacco Gardener - Hypnophobia - Polyvinyl Rec. - LP/CD

We inform you guys with a nice 2 year delay on this outing that has escaped us but that's still worth reviewing! That it was hard to follow Cabinet Of Curiosities was foreseeable for those who had the fortune to cross-listen to them: Jacco Gardner seemed convinced of the uniqueness of that adventure, and perhaps did not even have the hope of giving him Followed. That was the reason why it pushed him to condense all his creative ambitions in those 40 minutes of music. With "Hypnophobia", Jacco lets go to the carefree and the desire to have fun, postponing the maturity test next season. Less ambitious and naïve, the second album of the Dutch musician does not reproduce the same amount of colors and nuances of the predecessor, although it rewards the psychedelic beat of the early sixties but keeps the progressive-rock evolutions-involutions. If Foxygen likes to linger again in brains of psychedelic and pop songwriting associations, Jacco Gardner continues to prefer the most silly slope with songs like "Face To Face" that seem to emerge from obscure albums of the sixties laid off as useless and superfluous, and that later today 50 years we are relieved to recover as exemplary masterpieces of innocence and delusional sound, the same blessed lightness that makes "Find Yourself" an instant-classic. I do not doubt that "Hypnophobia" sounds in part as a step back to Gardner, eight minutes of "Before The Dawn" are the most exciting and even the most controversial of the album, and tracks like "Make Me See" are superfluous. On the other hand, "Gray Lanes" becomes the most admired piece of his career and "All Over" re-presents the splendid alchemy of tones and colors of the debut. Transition Album, "Hypnophobia" tries to renew the soundtrack of the musician with a production that already highlights the "You More" note of the most disenchanted tone of the project, and is still a song like "Brightly" to justify the new direction Gardner's sound, the musician proves to be increasingly confident with songwriting, promising for the future a good deal of emotions.

Scasso  20/04/2017


The Temples - Volcano - Heavenly Rec. - LP/CD (digipack)

I still have in mind the period of the plays of immoderate "Sun Structures", a work that combined the archaic rock the alleged decadence more eclectic indie UK. A more angular disc last exit, "Volcano", but at the same time more baroque and gray compared to the cartoonish and colorful context of the latter. The feeling is that the songwriting circles refer to pop the old British author (Kinks, Beatles, Pretty Things, Hollies) but by over-refinement lose something in terms of spontaneity, whereas the songs of "Sun Structures" showed 'immediacy that kept the band's luck. "Volcano", by contrast, the sound spectrum it also fills too. In doing so, the proposal is a bit 'watered-down, losing evocative power. It is noted a strong synthetic steering, with a drastic reduction of the guitars in favor of keyboards and synth. This exchange between the main elements is resolved in a cervellotico disc, superabundant, but not for that lacking of fine pop cues. "Certainty" is the calling card: the bottom button is the element which together with the triumphal keyboards surrounds this song from the 60's flavor but at the same time able to wink at psiychpop in vogue a few years ago. "(I Want To Be Your) Mirror" is a song by progressive romantic claiming to be from a distant era, one in which the ghost orchestra of Mellotron stroked deep and lush melodies. It sounds like the capacity in which the quartet has the highest yield. Prog peeping also the main theme of "Mystery Of Pop", more generally also be a debtor of the glam-rock of Sparks. "Roman Godlike Man" surprises with a blend of a wonderfully Kinks-ian melody and ostinato bass lapping against the new wave, with a martial and interpretation reminiscent of the post-punk English. The second single "Strange Or Be Forgotten" is the song airy, but it does not take off, perhaps because of timid voice interpretation, which does not hold the epic atmosphere. One senses a certain weariness, paradoxically precisely where the harmonic research becomes more irregular. "All Join In" has good ideas, recalls the pomp of synth-pop classic, but you do not remember how it could, due to a write so sought after, but too prissy. The impression is that the Temples seek at times to approach the neo-psychedelia of bands like MGMT and Tame Impala, preserving intact though the artisan nature of pop across the Channel. However, although the visionary of "Sun Structures" you do not find a replica always brilliant, "Volcano" demonstrates a fantasy of uncommon arrangement in the alternative pop of today.

Scasso  18/04/2017


L'Home Llop & The Astramats - Volum 1 - Aporta-Hi Rec. - LP/CD

From project Lleidiano Pau Llop, born alter ego is The Home Lllop are 12 classic Jamaican ska as: "Jamika Ska", "Brown Eyed Girl" or "If i had a hammer", sung in Catalan which if the first song the title remains the same for the other two become respectively: "Ulls de color mel" and "El martell". The graphic design of the cover was conceived and designed by a name known to us that it is the graph desiner and infamous DJ Boiler clubs of Barcelona, ​​Jordi lasted that with his design studio (www.durostudio.com) has created this beautiful back cover along with the photograph of Joan sang (www.joancanto.com) than with his camera gives us moments of pills 60's scary. Before this LP are always released two 45s with the same graphic 60's catchy and the band has participated in numerous regional festivals. So its a good record release of an immortal sound sung in a local language.

Scasso  05/04/2017


Alex Cooper - Club 45 Again - Chelsea edicciones - book

It 'was in 2010, when the appearance of CLUB 45, that magical book pop rejoiced sensations the existence of mods and jetsetters from all over Spain, and marked the beginning of the publishing company Chelsea. Its author, Alex Cooper, has been waiting more than six years before publishing its sequel, hoping to make disappear the myth that sequels are never good. Club 45 Again is another exciting collection of instant hitting at 45 revolutions per minute, ninety songs Age Pop will delight mods, beatnik, collectors and fans of music and style. With the passion of "absolute begginer" and expertise from librarian, Alex has tracked its impressive original archival memorabilia to choose from hundreds of forgotten images, hidden in pop magazines from five continents, notes, postcards and promotional photos, spreadsheets and press kits, cards recordings and editions around the world. This catalog Technicolor is accompanied by a text which, far from being exhaustive, is trying to capture the attention of the reader on the basis of anecdotes and adventures that until now have remained preserved in the old paper publications in the memory of its protagonists. CLUB 45 portrays the life again and the beat opera, the real protagonists who are the musicians of the early galaxy sixties, but on their pages there are a lot of producers' stories, television presenters, radio DJ pirate, models and photographers, managers, advertising and fan clubs secretaries. A fascinating journey, with zero km, located in the heart of Soho in London: the Carnaby Street exit to visit first, the clubs "in" in England and the path followed for the planet beat, trans-shipment to destinations as far away as Australia, Kenya and Uruguay. At the end of each chapter you have the same feeling when your single favorite is finished, the dense of necessity that forces you to place the needle in the beginning to hear it again. This is what you have with a "floorfiller", sounds that are as addictive for the beat sound. Percu: "put on your dancing shoes" and celebrates with Alex Cooper 30 years cha lived in was Pop.

Scasso  24/02/2017


The Allnighters - Everything is Changing - Gaztelupeko Hotsak Rec. - LP

The magnificent career although irregular one of the largest organized group Mod scene in the Spanish as well as European R'n'B brand deserves a quick review. They formed almost three decades ago in Vitoria Gasteiz, Basque Country and has since made three discs and more than three hundred concerts with a sound that went from pub rock of the 70's, to the boogie blues and rock'n'roll of the 50's. Just as they have shared the stage with artists and bands of the caliber of: Wilko Johnson, Barrence Whitfield, Eli Paperboy Reed, Swamp Dogg, The Blues Brothers Band, Ian Dury, Kenny Neal, Bill Thomas, Lazy Lester and Melvin Davis. That curriculum !! They broke up in '98, but it seems that a few years later came back 'the demon soul' and reiniziarono to try one more time together by sharing festival stages in the genre Soul / R'n'B as: Black is Back or Mojo Working in San Sebastian, and now for this Basque local label: 'Gaztelupeko Hotsak' produced again the fruit of their passion for these sounds in this 'vinyl pearl' of eight tracks with the best sound i ever heard and it was produced by this band. Joined by analogy to the famous: 'Circo Perotti' Gijon by what kind of teacher can only be Jorge Explosion for the quality of the sounds and arrangements, and have chosen for the cover of the disc the graphic design of another master of pop Article what José M. Lledó "Mardi" who represented through the various monuments of their hometown punctuated by exotic animals, half a dozen of the best soul / R & B artists that inspired them. the best of their eight new songs is that they are signed by their more skilled composer who is Iñigo. Their work begins with: "Tell us the truth", where through the powerful winds that change are interspersed swampy blues guitars throughout sang, then change to: "I'm your slave" where a powerful organ is king Dr Feelgood type, in short, is a succession of plots among chitarree dirty blues, hammond groove and soulful horns. The moment of calm comes along with the piece: "I'm gonna miss you" with riffs reminiscent of Van Morrison's Them, and then continue with the instrumental "Midnight Boogie" whose powerful harmonics and guitars seem a mixture of ZZ Top and DR Feelgood (yet); in short, one of the best records of the year must-have.

Scasso  09/02/2017


Smart Dress - Ácido Azul - Brindis al Soul Rec. - CD

Six tracks mark the return, almost twenty-five years after their breakup, Smart Dress, or the legendary Mod band disbanded madrileña just the most beautiful, in the early 90s, when the sounds Funk and Jazz carried by currents ephemeral Acid Jazz it They evolved sound. Six songs that in addition to the return in the form of Spanish mod supergroup-in fact, to pedro Ramos, guitarist and leader, alongside members of prominent bands such as the Basque Allnighters (even though their return after 20 years of silence), the Andalusians or Refoundations Valencian Vibe Creators (recently recycled Up for it) - it has returned the musical path. To make de master, the tittle track with lots of flute, Hammond and a perfect funk rhythm, followed closely by "El día que a dios por existir the god", a song that takes the title from the novel by Dani Llabrés, another famous Spanish modernist. "Diversoul" was the horse of battle of the band in 1990 and this, like the rest of songs, refer to Pop Soul expedited sounds that, so to speak, and to name a band Milanese same age, could remind me of Mike Investigators, Ginetto and Geppo . A self-produced album that you can apply by writing to smartdress8@gmail.com

Alberto Valle  08/02/2017


Nick Waterhouse - Never Twice - Innovative Leasure Rec. - LP/CD

The disc is an elegant cocktail of r & b, jazz clubs, soul, surf and boogaloo, in which the author has focused the best to rework a mixed staff of influences from the music 50s' and 60s. Ten are the traces of this third album weblog Waterhouse ten pills with which the artist Californian r & b reunited with producer Michael McHugh, living legend of the music scene of Orange County, and with great favorite musicians like Bob Kenmotsu on flute, Ralph Carney on saxophone and Will Blades organ. In the pieces of this extraordinary work entitled 'Never Twice' you go back over the whole vintage magic to shots of jazz, old school r & b, blues presence and Californian Nick Waterhouse surf attitude prefers. The opening is vibrant and has been entrusted to a song like 'It's Time' and is still immersed in another age listening '' I Had Some '', as is the case in 'Straight Love' and in ' elegant 'Stanyan Street'. It 's almost rock'n'roll old style in' Old Place ', there is romance in' Baby i'm in the mood for you 'while one surrenders all'incedere from wild party of' Katchi ', until closing night 'LA Turnaround' with which we are faced with the work of maturity of Nick Waterhouse, this beautiful '' Never Twice ''. Originality is the first thing that jumps to the attention of the listener, which today are less and less able to meet so brave and talented musicians to devote themselves to the level of artists and unforgettable names like those who have designed and indelibly marked the history the music of the '50s and' 60s worldwide. Nick Waterhouse soul no coincidence seems to be due to a purely soul imbued with a passion for ritmh and blues out of the ordinary and his rhythm actualization becomes the ultimate expression of an uncontrollable desire to play with class. And on this record, Waterhouse has accompanied catchy and dense rhythms suitable texts and overlapped, creating a product truly worthy of nota..e listening!

Scasso  07/02/2017