SONG OF THE DAY The Pleasure Routine – Wires

ThePleasureRoutine-590x412It brings me so much pleasure to share another fantastic track from the Oakland-based sextet, The Pleasure Routine.  Taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Sugar Mountain,’ which I do believe is nearing completion, ‘Wires’ is the third single taken from this LP and is every bit as alluring as previous singles ‘Ruins’ and ‘Walk The Dog (Backwards)’.

More than just a combination of three guitars, a bass, keys, and drums, along with the occasional harmonica and tambourine, The Pleasure Routine captures a sound – much like The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds before them – that is conflicted between optimism, realism, doom and darkness where the tuneful balanced vocals of Kevin Sofsrud and Lauren Kopp intimately share their emotional tales of awkward youth, coming of age and disaffection.

Their classic rock sound is vast and dynamic and in their latest offering ‘Wires’ I can even hear hints of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe’ echoing through the sultry into where a harmonica soars effortlessly over a bluesy guitar riff.  It’s a great track that has a really atmospheric laid back feel, with smooth interacting vocals complimenting one another throughout.  Yes, I think its safe to say that The Pleasure Routine are a sure-fire winner in my book, I can’t fault them and love their seriously magnetic sound.

Debut full-length ‘Sugar Mountain’ is due very soon and has been produced by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Ricky Maymi, watch this space!

Check out their website here


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SONG OF THE DAY Sonny Til And The Orioles – Hey! Little Woman

a2328608059_10Today’s song is a little golden nugget of soul which was originally recorded in 1963 by a band called The Orioles, ( also know as The Vibra-Naires, Sonny Til and his New Orioles).  The Orioles were one of the earliest vocal groups who established the basic pattern for the doo-wop sound and became a very influential in the world of soul and R&B.  There’s a lot to cover with this band so check out this Wiki link for more info!

Titled “Hey! Little Woman ” and appearing as the B-side to The Orioles ‘I Miss You So,’ today’s track has just been featured in a brand new compilation called “Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 1 & 2.”  Due for release in June, this compilation is brought to you courtesy of Captain High Records and combines the first two volumes from their Exotic Blues & Rhythm” compilation series named “Katanga!” and “Ahbe Casabe!” with two additional bonus tracks.  This album is a colourful garden of delights consisting of R’n’B and rock’n’roll based songs from the 1940’s to the early 1960’s, all of which have this slightly exotic, dark and mystical feeling from the melody structures and instrumentation.

I’ve pre-ordered my copy and can definitely recommend this album as a fantastic good listen!

“Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 1 & 2” can be ordered from here

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SONG OF THE DAY Soluzion – Strength

maxresdefaultWhat a glorious song! Literally five seconds in and I just knew that that this was going to be a good listen, and then the supersonic sounds of ‘Strength’ unfolded!

The magic behind this sound lies within the hands of four very talented musicians going by the name of Soluzion.  Fusing their eclectic musical and cultural backgrounds, the band works together to create the perfect balance of funk, afro-latin, soul and jazz.

Originating from a small town in the Santa Monica mountains called Topanga Canyon, three out of the four members grew up playing music together, with all four members drawing upon various musical influences such as, The Meters, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsies, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, Third World, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Pharoah Sanders, Canned Heat, Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder, Same Cooke, Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Sly & The Family Stone…to name a few.

Today’s song is titled ‘Strength’ and is part of a two-track release which came out on the 16th of this month via the L.A label, F- Spot Records; it’s as funky as!  With a heavy bass and twangy guitar intro, the swanky beat mingles perfectly with rich vocals, bright brass sections and dynamic percussive rhythms, creating smooth, smooth layers of soulful bliss. Listen above.

Purchase your copy of ‘Strength/Nyoka’ from here 

Check out the band’s website here


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SONG OF THE DAY Phoniks x Raashan Ahmad – That Feeling ft. Slimkid3 (Phoniks Remix)

a2375317205_10There hasn’t been a lot of sunshine outside my window today, just a whole lot of cloud, rain and hail! So what do you do if the sun won’t come to you? You go to the sunshine that’s what you do, and this is what today’s song feels like, like a little splash of summer!

Phoniks is  a hip-hop producer from Portland, Maine known for his vintage 90’s boom-bap production style and melodic jazz and soul samples.  At the tender age of just 23, the young producer has already released two full-length albums, ‘Return to the Golden Era’ (released in 2013 with Emcee Awon) and most recently ‘Stories from the Brass Section,’ with Houston Emcee Anti Lilly; also releasing 5 remix tapes between 2011-2014.

Phoniks has also been featured in various publications such as Earmilk, Respect Magazine, The Find Mag, The Word Is Bond, 2DopeBoyz,, and The Source.

His latest release is an EP titled ‘Above The Clouds,‘ which came out on the 11th of this month and is a collaborative release with Emcee Raashan Ahmad.  Combining electric piano loops, filtered basslines and lively drum breaks, these jazzy soundscapes have been likened to A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul and are definitely loaded with that sunshiny feeling.

The track that caught my attention was the remix version of ‘That Feeling,’ I really like its lyrical rhythm and the way the free-flowing melody just glides into the ears like a warm summer breeze.  There is more than enough summer feeling packed into this song, all you have to do now is sit back and bask in its warmth.  Listen above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Little Barrie – I.5.C.A

Little-Barrie-back-satge-Tokyo-copy-370x215Ever since the London-based trio Little Barrie emerged from Nottingham in 1999 they have been cooking up their very own storm of rock, blues and good old-fashioned garage!  This year they are set to unleash some more of their musical goodness which I was only too pleased to discover, I can’t wait!

Following the release of their last album ‘Shadow, in 2014, Little Barrie embarked on a worldwide tour.  The low-budget US west coast leg of the tour involved travelling from Tokyo to Los Angeles, crossing the International Date Line and arriving before they left. They picked up their van and had 48 hours before they were due on stage in Seattle. This was the tone of the tour. As Barrie Cadogan explains, “We were totally out of our minds, driving through blazing sun and pitch black for days trying to eat up the miles. Your head starts playing tricks.

Released on 3rd June, new single I.5.C.A. was inspired by these hallucinatory drives up and down the Interstate 5 Highway and will be available as a limited edition 7″ vinyl and as a download.  To preorder the limited vinyl click here.  Listen above.


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SONG OF THE DAY Chelou – You’re So Good

0005281307_10No stranger to The Listening Post Blog, I first discovered Chelou last March when I stumbled upon one of his early singles titled ‘Aneurysm.’

At the time I did a little investigative work and tried to find out more about this new and emerging artist but, true to his name (the word Chelou is a French expression used to describe something that is unknown), Chelou is something of a mystery and there isn’t too much out there about him as of yet.

But his music has made an impression and in 2014 when Chelou released an online preview of his track “The Quiet,” it wasn’t long before it went viral and his music has since continued to lure in new followers, with today’s track featuring on a few Radio 1 playlists recently.

Today I opened an email with a sneak preview of Cherlou’s new song ‘Don’t Hate Me’ and was not disappointed, so I’ll definitely be sharing this track as soon as possible! Watch this space!!

In the meantime, I’ve had a delve into last years ‘Mothership’ EP and picked out first track ‘You’re So Good,’ a gentle wash of hushed electronics, soft vocals and organic rhythms.  Listen above.

Listen and buy the whole ‘Mothership’ EP here


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SONG OF THE DAY Miss LaVell – You’re The Most

THUMBNAILMiss Lavelle White, also know as Miss LaVell, is a soul and blues artist who has been creating music for most of her life; her rich history as a singer and songwriter is matched by the music she makes today.

When she was just 12 she began to write poetry which soon led her song writing, and it was at this time that she also began singing gospel songs.  At the age of 15 White has relocated to Houston, Texas where she began performing in the city’s blues clubs with a guitarist named Clarence Hollimon.  This is where she was first spotted and her break came when Don Robey, the owner of Duke and Peacock records labels, was pointed in her direction.  She was immediately snapped up, signed and then billed as ‘Miss La-Vell’ and went on to record 14 singles on Duke between 1958 and 1964.’

These singles included “If I Could Be with You,” “Just Look at You Fool,” “Stop These Teardrops,” “The Tide of Love” and, like most of her songs, were all self penned.

White’s talents as a songwriter and singer were notable throughout her career, with label mates Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King, and Junior Parker all big fans! White also co-wrote Bobby Bland’s ‘Lead Me On’ which became a huge hit in 1960, though her contribution was credited to Deadric Malone, a pseudonym used by Don Romey!

Having released a significant discography of singles, most of which date back to the 1950’s and 60’s, it wasn’t until 1994 that she actually released her first full length self-titled album, it was a long time coming!

downloadToday’s song was released in 1960 as the B-side to the single ‘Stolen Love’ which I featured on my blog last March.  Titled ‘You’re The Most’ and released on the Duke label, I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am to find this on Youtube!! I have been searching for a copy of this song ever since I heard it on a random radio show months ago but I couldn’t find it anywhere…until now! I’d even tried to buy the single but even in poor condition this 7″ is still fetching good money, so I am so delighted that somebody has uploaded it at last! It is simply a fantastic track!!  Listen above!

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SONG OF THE DAY Elite Beat – Los Baez After Midnight

a2874933212_10This funky Portland OR. band are an experimental 6-piece whose sound is inspired by world music, their influences deriving from just about any corner of the globe!

Coming together nearly a decade ago, Elite Beat have perfected the art of creating a live sound that is heavily based on rhythm. With ecstatic horn and guitar fuelled compositions merging with layers of electrified dub, this sound both shakes and awakes the senses; whilst powerful melodic bass lines and percussion-driven polyrhythms adds an element of depth.

Following last years ‘Casual Rhythms Vol. 1’, Boomarm Nation  now present the Elite Beat’s latest offering and second volume in the Casual Rhythms Volume series.  

Released on the 15th of this month, you can grab your copy of Volume 2 from here

Taken from their latest release comes today’s great psych-dub song, ‘Los Baez After Midnight.’ I’m really liking the steady paced rhythm, soaring melodic horns and heavy grooving bass line! Listen above

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SONG OF THE DAY King Khan – Never Hold On

unnamed-2_vice_970x435Singer-songwriter and producer King Kahn has recently shared a new track called ‘Never Hold On.’  This funky little soul number wouldn’t sound at all out-of-place on a Curtis Mayfield album and has been featured on the soundtrack to the film The Invaders (all of which was also composed by Kahn).  The film is named after a Memphis-based ‘intellectual street gang’ who had their roots in the Southern Christian Reformist scene but were tired of the passivity of non-violence.  They conducted the last meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King before his assassination at the Lorraine Hotel, and yet their story is mostly unknown. This film, with a soundtrack composed entirely by King Khan, aims to rectify that.

Released last Friday via his own Khannibalism label (which was recently co-founded by Khan in cooperation with Ernest Jenning Record Co.), this track comes with a fantastically slinky b-side called ‘A Tree Not A Leaf Am I,’ which I fully recommend is well worth a listen if you haven’t got there already!

Speaking of the new single, King Khan had this to say:

“For this single from The Invaders soundtrack, I got to assemble my dream band including, Pamelia Stickney, Theremin virtuoso, Toby Dammit (Swans, Stooges) on drums, gas cans and all sorts of percusssion, the one woman orchestra known as Gillian Rivers, my 12 year old daughter Bella,” Khan said of the track. “‘Never Hold On’ appears in the film during MLK’s funeral and I tried to capture the intensity of what it must have been like on that day, it might be the best song I ever recorded. ‘A Tree Not A Leaf Am I’ was a song I co-wrote with Adan Jodorowsky.”

Purchase your copy of ‘Never Hold On’ here

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SONG OF THE DAY Woods – Hang It On Your Wall

12565488_1207887519241030_9183412916765689770_nBrooklyn-based Woods released their ninth album on the 9th of this month and titled this delightful collection of songs, ‘City Sun Eater in the River of Light.’  Released via the band’s Woodsist imprint, this is a collective of musicians whose solid consistency over the last ten years has earned them a very distinguished and defined experimental sound of their own.

With their feet firmly rooted to a folk-based grounding, their heads scale the dizzy heights as singer Jeremy Earl’s falsetto range soars, and all that falls in between these extremes are married by contemplative lyrics and tuneful folk/world-inspired rhythms and melodies.

Taken from their latest album comes today’s song, ‘Hang It On Your Wall.’  I love the slow pace of this song, the light, airy, crystal clear vocals and very catchy melody. Listen above.

Order your copy of ‘City Sun Eater In The River Of Light’ here and check out their Soundcloud album description below:

 “Woods have always been experts at distilling life epiphanies into compact chunks of psychedelic folk that exists just outside of any sort of tangible time or place. Maybe those epiphanies were buried under cassette manipulation or drum-and-drone freakouts, or maybe they were cloaked in Jeremy Earl’s lilting falsetto, but over the course of an impressive eight albums, Woods refined and drilled down their sound into City Sun Eater in the River of Light, their ninth LP and second recorded in a proper studio. It’s a dense record of rippling guitar, lush horns, and seductive, bustling anxiety about the state of the world. It’s still the Woods you recognize, only now they’re dabbling in zonked out Ethiopian jazz, pulling influence from the low key simmer of Brown Rice, and tapping into the weird dichotomy of making a home in a claustrophobic city that feels full of possibility even as it closes in on you. City Sun Eater in the River of Light is concise, powerful, anxious—barreling headlong into an uncertain, constantly shifting new world.”

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