SONG OF THE DAY Kendall Elijah Dynamite – New Gold Tooth

The first thing that sprang into my mind when I heard this track tonight was just how lively it is…and for that I am very excited to share today’s song!

Kendall Elijah Dynamite (currently residing or hailing from  Louisville, KY) released New Gold Tooth just a couple of days ago and, in all its rock’n’roll/blues-inspired glory, this track is something of a catchy little sweet sensation!

The only complaint I have is that I can’t seem to find any other information out there about Kendall Elijah Dynamite at the moment; only that sound has been described ‘as slightly southern fried biscuit garage soul space blues’ and that his inspirations include artists such as Miles Davis, The Beatles and Wes Anderson!  Check it out above and follow Kendall on his Facebook page. 

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SONG OF THE DAY Jungle Fire – Firewalker

Released in 2013 via Colemine Records Firewalker was the sophomore 7-inch from Jungle Fire, an Afro-latin funk band from LA who formed in 2011.

It’s a dancefloor special with a fuzzy bongo breakdown! Check it out above and order your copy of this funky instrumental from here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY Old Smile – Jar of Something

New Jerseyan artist, Tom Herman, aka Old Smile, is a familiar name to the Listening Post Blog and one artist who has left his musical imprint on the LP Blog’s heart (tap Old Smile into my search bar and you will find some more of his great sounds).

His effortless style wins me over every time and his dreamy vocals, laid-back rhythms and warm soothing melodies are always welcoming, familiar and reassuring.

Old Smile’s new EP Ripple Trail releases today and, true to form, consists of four new soothing tracks all of which are delivered in a soothing haze of lazy goodness! Check out one of the EP’s tracks above and listen/order your copy from here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY The Olympians – Stand Tall

Today’s funky, fresh and soulful bundle of instrumental joy is a rare track from Daptone’s new super band, The Olympians.  Stand Tall  was originally released for a limited 45 pressing by Truth & Soul Records, but has recently became available for the first time worldwide digitally.

Led by Toby Pazner (Lee Fields & The Expressions, El Michels Affair), this NYC-based band are a product of a fever dream Pazner experienced in Greece and their story (as described on his Bandcamp page) goes like this: “After repeatedly being visited by a strange messenger in his dreams while on tour in the islands of Greece, Toby Pazner became consumed with a vision to tell the stories of The Olympians through music”

Stand Tall is a chilled out mix of funky guitars, melodic horns and super-smooth beats.. Check it out above and order your copy of the track from here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY Al Barry & The Cimarons   – Morning Sun

Today’s little gem was originally released in 1970 via Doctor Bird, a UK label set up by Australian sound engineer Graeme Goodall.

The Cimarons were a Uk reggae band that formed in London in 1967 and for this glorious track (which you may recognise from the film This Is England) they teamed up with Barrington Howard, a.k.a Al Barry!…find yourself a copy of this and it will be well worth keeping hold of, in good condition this is now fetching in the realms of about £50!!! Check it out above…..

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SONG OF THE DAY Strange Cages – False Prophet Death Waltz

Well, if you thought the title of today’s track was a mouthful, just you wait until you press play and the madness is unleashed!

Brighton three-piece, Strange Cages  once described themselves as a “garage/psych band with cruel intentions” and if you’re already familiar with their music, I’m pretty sure you’d agree with this statement!  No stranger to the LP Blog, this garage-punk trio never fail to put a little shiver and shake into my day with their gritty, punk-fuelled psych-tastic sounds!

Influenced by the classic sounds of the grand old garage days of the 60’s, the Strange Cages are influenced by the post-punk sounds of 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges and Television to name a few and state that, “We love music that’s primal and menacing, anything twisted with a touch of evil.”

Latest single False Prophet Death Waltz is the first track off of an upcoming Silver Queen EP which is due in September via Valance Records and was recorded by Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Telegram).  The entirety of the EP is centred around the story of a fictional cult leader dubbed the Silver Queen.  On August 16th the boys will be taking over Gallery 46, an art gallery in Whitechapel, turning the rooms of the gallery into an interactive trip through the mind of the deranged cult leader for one night only.  This will be an audible, smell-able, visual attack on your senses with surprises and exclusive pre-EP release goodies!!! Now, go lose yourself in three and a half minutes of melodic mayhem and check out the accompanying video below.


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SONG OF THE DAY Connie Francis – Eighteen

It has been suggested that today’s sassy little number was written about Connie Francis, but at the date of its release in 1957 she would have been a good couple of years older than the title suggests, so I can’t confirm if that fact is indeed true.

Either way it’s not hard to get carried off in Connie’s dreamy vocals as they charismatically cruise over the sauntering hand-clapping-infused pop-rock beat as the chorus repeatedly croons,“Can’t stop the clock — ooh, gotta rock.”  MGM Records released this in 1957…Check it out above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Patrick Watson – Melody Noir

Compared to the likes of Rufas Wainwright, Andrew Bird, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd, Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter well-known for his experimental musicianship.

Popping up on my radar today like a hundred rays of sunshine, my first introduction to his music required only seconds to captivate and left me immediately illuminated.

Latest single Melody Noir was inspired by Venezuelan singer, Simon Diaz as Watson explained in a press release: “This song was inspired by an incredible singer from Venezuela, Simon Diaz. I was so inspired by his music I had to write a tune,” explains Watson. “It’s a love song dedicated to the hole inside of you.”

The visuals for the accompanying video were shot in Montreal and beautifully expand on the lush songwriting as Watson has also gone on to describe how: “I wanted to make a sensual but surreal dance video, where the main character slowly gets eaten by a void, embodied by the other dancers. The dancers are a wonderful Colombian dance troupe who bring a mix of classical and modern elements to the piece. I hope you enjoy.”  Check it out above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Andy Cooper – Here Comes Another One ft. Blabbermouf

Today’s funky offering features on US rapper and producer, Andy Cooper’s 2018 record, The Layered Effect.  

Described as offering “a punchy reminder of the creative fun to be had in digging for breaks, stringing up loops and layering sounds,” the record only came to my attention today, so I’ve been working my way through it as I write this!

Brimming full of delightful inflections from the world of jazz, easy listening, film soundtracks and Hollywood voices, it pays loving homage to the classic, funky days of early rap.  Opening track Here Comes Another One is the track that got me into this album..check it out above and listen/purchase the rest of the album from here.

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SONG OF THE DAY Johnny Ventura Y Su Combo – Guajira Con Soul

Following on from last weeks Latin funk/Boogaloo theme, I’ve found this little beauty today!

Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano, a.k.a Johnny Ventura (or El Caballo Johnny Ventura) is a Dominican singer and band leader of merangue and salsa.  Embarking on a music career in 1959, he started he first began singing in several bands and in 1062 released his first LP!

Guajira Con Soul appears on his 1968 album, El Mamito, but I’m struggling to determine if this is its original release date? Either way this sizzling slice of Latin funk has all the right ingredients to make my ears dance and my hips sway!  Check it out above.

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