Carlton and the Shoes - Just Me


The Supremes - Come See About Me



William Onyeabor - Love is Blind
Get lost in this
A unique slice of stripped down spacey, lo-fi funk which is unlike any other Nigerian music being made at the time. William has now been crowned a High Chief in Enugu, where he lives today as a successful businessman working on government contracts and running his own flour mill.  - via discogs


On a more modern tip - a 2010 house banger from Bakey Ustl, a relatively unknown Estonian producer who doesn’t appear to have much else out.
I’m a big fan of leaving chunks of samples to play out in songs, and this one does it perfectly. Just when you think you know whats going on, the whole thing falls apart and then comes back with a ridiculous sex chant.
No idea whether the video is official, but its pretty cool also - 


Some late-night yearnins here from Donny and Joe Emerson, who recorded this track as teenagers in a farmyard studio in Washington State. Apparently they pressed up a few thousand copies themselves and then never got them out to anyone, which was a shame.
Yeah, Ariel Pink covered it, but whatever. This ones better.


The ultimate in gospel-funk power. This is a 1971 cut from The Meditation Singers, featuring Laura Lee (as in Two Lonely Pillows) and produced by the legendary Andre ‘Mr Rhythm’ Williams.


Ofege - Its Not Easy (1973)
Nigerian smooth Afro-psych lovers rock. Re-released recently by Academy Rekkids.
Beautiful solo around the 2:05 mark.


WITCH - Lazy Bones

Witch was one of the first Zam Rock bands in Africa, and formed around 1970-1972. Their name stands for ‘We Intend To Cause Havoc’ Their 1975 album ‘Lazy Bones’ is a treasure trove of dark, fuzzy afro-funk psych-rock. 
One of my favorite lyrics from this song:
Saturday night I say / Make me some coffee /Sunday night you say /You don’t love me.
"If you’re feeling depressed, low, disturbed, irritable, out-of-sorts, sad, frustrated or wildly demented, then folks, we suggest you seek out a quiet place, indulge in some soothing meditation and cut away that headache by listening to this inspirational album" -WITCH

Also suggest this interview with member Emmanuel Chanda


Jeffrey Lee Pierce - Hey Juana

No one does midnite-haunted-shaman-voodoo-gasoline blues like Jeffrey Lee. Throughout his entire career as lead singer of the Gun Club, JLP battled drug and alcohol addiction, but was still able to create the most interesting combination of punk, blues, and roots music anyone has/had ever made. His lyrics conjure imagery from a lost-time with tormented souls and a hopelessness rarely captured in modern times. If you have not heard the Gun Clubs ‘Fire of Love’ it is essential, plus the artwork (pictured above, although this song is from JLPs ‘Wildweed’) is in my opinion the best ever made. So you can stop making album art now. 


The Clean - Platypus

Hey teenagers, here’s a sloppy make-out session song. So get out yer chapstick and get to smoochin. The Clean were a post-punk band from New Zealand, on Flying Nun rekkids. The song was recorded some time between 1980-1982 and was first released on a cassette of theirs called ‘Odditties’ it can also be found on their ‘Anthology’ compilation. 


'Jive Baby on a Saturday Night' was the first and last song produced by The Jellies, who somehow managed to sell only 30 copies and then disappeared forever. Thirty years later, one of these 7”s found its way to Thurston Moore, and he loved it so much that he played it ten times in a row in one of his DJ sets. This sparked a new wave of interest in the track, leading to Trunk Records putting out a 500 copy repress in 2010.
Anyway, it sounds like an ultra-minimal version of Tom Tom Club, and is really f*cking good:



Trainspotting #01: Kazi - A.V.E.R.A.G.E.
This is one of my favourite instrumentals of all time, and one of the biggest misnomers in music history. Kazi’s vocals are ok, but the real news here is Madlib’s impeccable beat.

The samples come from Jimmy Scott’s 1969 jazz number “I wish I knew”. 

Yes, that is a guy singing. Jimmy had a rare condition that prevented his voice from breaking during puberty and kept him at 4’11 for most of his life.


“Tim was the man. As a teenager he dreamt of making it big in the United States and immigrated to America dead set on never returning home again. However, just a few years later, he got kicked out of the country for smoking pot in a stolen car. After a few years back in Brazil he revolutionized Brazilian popular music and became one of the greatest soul artists of his lifetime. He married five times (or did he?), served multiple prison sentences (that’s for sure), and at the height of his fame joined that UFO-obsessed religious cult — how about that?”
Luaka Bop recently put out a compilation of Tim’s work from the 70s which is well worth checking out


Possibly the best reggae cover song of all time (and theres a lot of good reggae covers).
Here we have Otis Gayle taking on The Spinners’ 1972 song “I’ll be Around”, with Jackie Mittoo on the organ.
Essential stuff.