SONG OF THE DAY Willie Dixon with Memphis Slim – Sittin’ And Cryin’ The Blues

Today’s song never fails to cast a tingly shiver down the spine; I sit, I listen and bask in this glorious music, lost for a few gorgeous minutes in the rich blues goodness.

Sittin’ And Cryin’ The Blues featured on Willie Dixon’s 1959 debut album, Willie’s Blues, and later appeared as the b-side to the LP’s first 45, Nervous.

Accompanying Willie Dixon on this album (and given almost equal credit for his contribution) was Memphis Slim, who played piano on every song as well as writing two of the twelve tracks (Slim’s Thing and Go Easy).  

According to the record’s original sleeve notes, the album was impressively recorded in only two hours whilst at a recording session at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey!  Issued on the Prestige Bluesville label, this album was also reported to have been laid-down in between flights!!…all 12 tracks!!

I’ve also found a great live performance of this song from 1963.  Check this out below:

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SONG OF THE DAY Mermaidens – Satsuma

The Mermaidens are a psych/post-punk trio from New Zealand who have recently been signed to Flying Nun Records.

Receiving high praise for their 2014 debut EP and last year’s Undergrowth LP, the band fell under the Flying Nun’s radar and have just released their label-debut album, Perfect Body.

Their sound offers a mesmerising dip into the realms of dreamy psychedelia, with the voices of Gussie Larkin and Lily West embracing warm harmonies and hypnotic lyrics, entwined with dark and moody riff-based melodies, underpinned by Abe Hollingsworth’s fluid and dynamic percussion.

First single Satsuma is a wonderful contrast of mysterious-sounding, feather-light vocals and heavy, punctuated drums, the blend is striking and the balance a harmonious union.   Encapsulated in a menacing melody, the song effortlessly flows between loud and soft with equally compelling vocals declaring how, ‘you were sweet like satsuma, when i peeled you off and spit you in two.’  Check it out above and order your copy of Perfect Body from here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY Elvis Presley – Let Yourself Go

Let Yourself Go was first recorded by Elvis Presley as part of the soundtrack for his 1968 motion picture, Speedway.  Originally recorded on June 21, 1967 at the soundtrack recordings for the MGM, the single was written by Joy Byers and later re-released as the b-side to Elvis’ Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby.  

I love this track, I love the bluesy harmonica and I love the way Elvis’ voice’s a corker! Check it out above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Whispertown – Born To Ride

I spend countless hours ploughing through music everyday in search of that something special and more often than not the songs I find and feature are relatively new to me too!

That’s the buzz, finding something amidst an ocean of sounds to keep me afloat and that’s what I endeavour to do every day!

Today’s song reached out and pulled me in straight away, it felt like an old friend and I was more than happy to be led into this soft, cool world.

Born To Ride is the latest song from the LA-based artist, Morgan Meyn Nagler, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who goes by the name of Whispertown.  Her band consists of a revolving cast of musicians and her sound is defined by her distinct loose-fitting, easy-flowing vocals.  This new track is the second offering from her forthcoming album I’m A Man and follows in the footsteps of the album’s title track which came out last month.

Born To Ride is the albums opening track and offers a gorgeous blend of dreamy Americana and indie-psych, topped off with by the dulcet tone of Nagler’s effortless vocals. Listen above.

Whisptertown’s album, I’m a Man, is due for release on September 1st via Indie label, Graveface Records, pre-order your copy from here.

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SONG OF THE DAY Ovef Ow – Working Girl

This track has something warming and attractive about it right from the start! As the guitar strums a gentle melody and soft vocals tunefully hum into relaxed chords, you instantly get a feeling that something nice is about to happen!

Seconds later a fast-paced beat kicks in and takes the song into a surf-crazed guitar romp, with a bouncy rhythm that you simply can’t resist moving to!  In places I can’t help but think of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Killing Moon, it’s something about this melody!  About half way through the song the pace changes and gets swept up by a heavy bass-driven riff that wouldn’t feel at all out-of-place in a Tarantino movie!

Chicago’s OVEF OW are a post-punk outfit consisting of  Marites Velasquez on bass/vocals, Sarah Braunstein on drums/vocals, Kyla Denham on synth/vocals and Nick Barnett on guitar.

Tomorrow the surf-rock quartet will be releasing a five-track EP titled, Working, which was recorded and mixed by their friend Doug Malone last winter at MINBAL studios.  The funky artwork has been supplied by Sarah Sherman!

Working Girl is the first song on this release and is available now, check it out above and grab your copy of the EP from OVEF OW’s Bandcamp page here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY Carmen Villain – “Borders” (Feat. Jenny Hval)

Carmen Villain, aka Carmen Maria Hillestad, is a half-Norwegian, half-Mexican former fashion model who now writes and produces music.

Releasing her debut album Sleeper in 2013, Carmen shared her Planetarium EP earlier this summer and is due to share new album, Infinite Avenue later this year.

Taken from her forthcoming album and featuring the vocals of fellow Norwegian Jenny Hval,  is new track Borders, a hypnotic blend of atmospheric rhythms, organic melodies and smokey vocals.  The collaboration between Villain and Hyal has introduced a wealth of fresh elements in the work of both artists and this is what they had to say about the creation of Borders:

Carmen explains: “I built the instrumental version from these vocal loops, and sent it through to Jenny, and she delivered this fever dream trip with knockout choruses. Her lyrics brought out memories of a real life nightmare of my own, so I added my own story of post 9/11 borders and the rage and fear I felt after witnessing so much racism.”

Jenny Hval adds: “I was really fascinated by the slow, hypnotic nature of this loop that Carmen sent me. For some reason I started singing about moving really fast, a stream-of-consciousness fever drive in the desert. Maybe I felt like I couldn’t follow the music, that I had to create opposition. Maybe that’s what we always do.”

New album Infinite Avenue is due on 8th September via Smalltown Supersound.  Pre-order your copy from here and listen to Borders above.

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SONG OF THE DAY King Khan – It’s a Lie

King Khan and his garage-soul sound never disappoints!  If its psych-tinged rock’n’roll that you’re after, you will always find this in abundance in the kingdom of Khan!

Arish Ahmad Khan, aka King Khan, has announced his debut solo album, MurderBurgers.  Releasing this October, the album is to be Khan’s first solo album and, just 22 years into his career, has been a long time coming!  The album will feature the Gris Gris as Khan’s backing band and will be releasing via Khannibalism/Ernest Jenning Record Co .

Ahead of the album’s release comes first single, It’s a Lie, which will be featuring as an album track for the first time on Khan’s debut LP.  This track, however, is not new to Khan’s repertoire and exists as a more raw-sounding 7″ which was first released on Norton Records back in 2009.

Speaking of the albums conception in a statement, Khan explained:

“We made this album in about one week, I got the Gris Gris to back me up and do a few shows in all the murder capitals of America. In Chicago we even had Andre Williams come and join us on stage for a song… it was quite a trip, and then we holed up at the Creamery and put it all on to analog tape with Greg Ashley twiddlin’ his knob like there was no tomorrow. It was a bitch slappin’ good time and a tribute to how much love i have for Oakland and especially to all the good times we had at the Ghost town gallery and eating Big Poppa’s burgers. Oakland may never be the same, but it will always be in my heart!”

Check out the song above and stream today’s song and pre-order Murderburgers from here.

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SONG OF THE DAY Al Duncan – Bawana Jinde

R-8261272-1458164391-6935.jpegA while ago I stumbled upon a website called The Exotica Project (one hundred dreamland 45’s), a venture created to explore a somewhat disparate collection of one hundred exotic-themed 45s through the motifs that unite them.  The website is well worth checking out, covering anything from jazz, Latin, surf-guitar, African percussion, R&B and much more.

I shared this site with another and he has recently unearthed this scorcher ( as he so aptly put it) thanks to The Exotica Project!  Released in 1962, Bawana Jinde is the b-side Al Duncan’s, Cossak Walk and is an instrumental track heavily orchestrated by tons of glorious, crazed as you can imagine, this is just what I love!

The Youtube video I am featuring in this post has been uploaded by the creator of the great Exotica Project and he has included an extensive write-up about the track.  So instead of me revamping or repeating his words, I have quoted him below:

“From 1962, a wild, wailing blast of percussive instrumental R&B that doesn’t let up.  Al Duncan was a drummer, and though claims otherwise, I’m almost certain “Bawana Jinde” was in fact the handiwork of Chicago’s prolific session drummer of the same name. Duncan was part of an informal house band for Vee-Jay Records but he recorded for other Chicago institutions like Chess and Cobra Records, and his prodigious sessionography in the world of ‘50s and ‘60s blues, R&B, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz included everyone from Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker to the Dells, Dale Hawkins and the Staple Singers. “Bawana Jinde” was one of a clutch of 45s Duncan recorded for Stacy Records, a small Chicago indie perhaps best remembered for its releases by West Coast guitarist Al Casey. To my limited knowledge, “Bawana Jinde” doesn’t seem to mean too much as a title; perhaps Duncan was inspired by “Baba Jinde” by Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, whose influential Drums of Passion album brought African music to a larger American audience in the late ‘50s. For more exotica gems, see the Exotica Project, One Hundred Dreamland 45s:”

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SONG OF THE DAY Little John and The Monks-Black Winds

OK, so I’m not going to sell today’s song on its big bright happy vibe, but the moody bass, dark lyrics and downright brooding vocals gives this song an edge that I really like.  There’s no denying it though, this is a song about love, betrayal and murder, it’s not pretty and it certainly doesn’t end well: ‘…caught her with another man, killed them both with my knife.’  

Black Winds was written and sung by Tom Davis and recorded in November 1965.  Releasing as the A-Side, this track was the only single the band ever put out and was backed on the B-Side with a cover of Needles and Pins.  Although the song was never given the proper push needed to make a dent on the charts, it’s hard to imagine the radio stations of the day would have been comfortable playing its dark lyrics, so it’s no wonder it faded into obscurity….but I’m happy to keep this one alive and share the woe!…Listen above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Damas Swing Orchestra – Odylife

One thing I love about labels that dedicate their time and energy to unearthing obscure and rare music is that they discover so much more than I ever could and it’s thanks to them that I now have the chance to reap the benefits of their efforts!

London-based label Africa Seven are “a collective of crate diggers, afro music-heads, label spotters and vinyl buying obsessives”  who love African music!  Their mission is to share their passion and love for these sounds!

Amongst their many releases, Africa Seven have put out a series of funk compilations called Africa Airways and today’s song features on the third LP in this series focusing on The Afro-Psych Excursion from 1972-1984.  Odylife is performed by the Damas Swing Orchestra, but the year of this song’s initial release remains to be something of a mystery, everywhere I’ve checked so far doesn’t give a date.  The one thing I am certain of, however, is that this song is funky and I like the laid-back vibe of its looping melody and steady groove!  Listen to Odylife above and if you like this song and want to hear more from the Africa Airways compilations, you can do that here. 

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