{Trailer} George Harrison: Living In The Material World

For years John Lennon was my favourite Beatle, before  George Harrison took his place. He was the quiet, dry one, who embraced spirituality and wrote Taxman,  While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun and What Is Life. He formed HandMade Films, without whom we would never had Life of Brian and Withnail & I and he seemed to be an all round cool guy to know.

The documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, is to be shown on HBO in October and will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray etc shortly after

Charanjit Singh – 10 Ragas To A Disco Beat

I was hunting around, doing some research on the history of Acid House, when I came upon this from Charanjit Singh. Recorded in 1982 it features all the kit you would expect on your average acid track, 808, 303 and Jupiter 8 keyboard. But it’s the date that’s fascinating, considering Phuture’s ‘Acid Trax’ is deemed to be the first true acid tune and that didn’t get heard until 1987.

Singh himself was a Bollywood soundtrack writer and all of the ten tracks on the album are centuries old Indian Raga’s, reinterpreted  with a disco backing. 10 Raga’s To A Disco Beat was re-released in 2010 on Bombay Connection and you can buy it here. You really should too, because even if you take away the historical importance of the tunes, it’s a very good record.

Breton – The Commision

Someone once said that ‘writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ and they were spot on. Personally I find it really difficult to describe a tune, because a lot of the time it’s more about how the music makes you feel than anything else, more tangible. I’ve been listening to a lot of Wu Lyf recently and if anyone asked me to describe what it sounded like, I’d have to tell them that I wasn’t sure, but it made me feel all tribal. Lester Bangs would have done a better job, I’m sure, but then I’m not working for Rolling Stone. Writing every now and then for a music blog is hard enough work, for the musically illiterate, without someone paying me to do it and for it to have to make any sense. Gonna have to learn to dance Grand Designs, I suppose

This brings me to Breton’s ‘The Commisison’, which I heard, loved and then struggled to get a hold on, descriptively. I retired to the garden, with a ciggy and headphones and watched the sun go down over the cows in the field, behind my house. I pretty quickly realised that there wasn’t a whole lot I could say, beyond urging you to listen to it, in the right place and in the right mood. Because it really is quite special.

Breton – The Commision

Or you could watch the video, by BretonLABS and Stuart Sinclair and see how the band themselves visualise it.

Breton’s debut album ‘Other People’s Problems’ is due for release in February 2012 on Fat Cat Records, following on from the critically acclaimed EP ‘Counter Balance’ that was out last year. Tom Vek had them as support on his recent UK tour and if that isn’t a ringing endorsement of what Breton are about, then I don’t know what a ringing endorsement is.


Black Strobe – I Feel Love 79 Cover

Back in early 2010, Amnesty International and  Barcelona’s Buffetlibre Dj’s, released the Peace compiliation, which featured 180 exclusive and unreleased tracks from artists around the world, all proceeds going to Amnesty International Catalunya. Among contributions from people like Marc Almond, Dubstar, Mogwai, Ra Ra Riot and the Toxic Avenger, was this cover of Donna Summer’s disco anthem ‘I Feel Love’ from Black Strobe. In a second act of philanthropy they’re now giving it away for free download.

Grab it!

Black Strobe – I Feel Love 79

Giorgio Moroder  was behind the original and we’re going to leave you to decide which of the great men has the most superb moustache.

New Black Strobe material is promised for the end of this year, so keep your eyes open. You can follow Rebotini on his Twitter. For gods sake tell him his moustache is better than Moroder’s!