I recently discovered this Swedish band called MANKIND. Judging by their new single ART PROSTITUTE (featured on this week’s Seven In The Mix!) this quartet moves in mysterious ways. Those dark, obscure, psychedelic ways I really like. The B-side of the aforementioned new track – a cover of The Velvet Underground ‘s I’M WAITING FOR MY MAN – will show you exactly what I mean. Their extended version is something special. I’m absolutely sure that the band recorded this jam in one take AFTER they met THE MAN! Oh yeah, the first four minutes sound sloppy and stoned. Also loud, nasty and damn cool. And then a sort of The Doors’ The End outro comes on and lasts for about six minutes as if nobody had any idea when to stop. Final result: a doped VU cover! Experience the Stockholm madness here (warning: don’t watch the clip from too close or you might get seasick or high)…
Fresh sonic impulses for your ears…
Texan rockers SPOON , led by dynamic frontman/songwriter Britt Daniel will release their 9th album HOT THOUGHTS on 17 March via Matador Records. After already sharing the title track some weeks ago here’s another new one. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU is a damn cool funky beast. Sexy and groovy. Bouncy and high-powered. C’mon shake those hips…
Tour dates here
‘Charm Assault’ by RIDE
British shoegaze legends RIDE returned two years ago, after breaking up in 1996, for a series of live shows and started to work on a new album afterwards. No release date is announced yet but it’ll sound “Equal parts Motörhead and William Basinski” joked the band while recording. Anyway here’s their first new song in more than twenty years. CHARM ASSAULT is a solid pulsating cracker colored with glimmering guitars, driven by pounding drums and spiced with an energetic chorus. Ride is totally back and they bloody rock!
COSMONAUTS – Café Charlatan – Ghent, Belgium – 19 February 2017
Californian quartet COSMONAUTS released their fourth album last summer, titled A-OK! One of the best 2016 long-players in my book. More versatile than their previous work. From amplified pop punk to swirling psychedelia. A soundtrack for different moods. What the hell! Let the music do the talking…
Last Sunday they played my hometown Ghent (Belgium) in a packed club, as part of their European tour. Live the band create a wall-of-mind-bending-psych-sound. A nasty, yet melodic melting pot of noise à la The Jesus and Mary Chain used to fabricate in the 90s. Even gripping, intimate ballad ‘Party At Sunday’ from the new album got a mountain-of-decibels treatment. But, unfortunately, most of the time the specific color and spirit of each of the songs got lost in the band’s battle with the cracking PA. This time louder
didn’t mean better.
Havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…
The lunatics of Belgian metallic Kraut motherrockers ELEFANT are back with a new doom boom. On MUMBO JUMBO their funky punky sludge machine roars more accessible than before thanks to some sticky Devo-esque guitar parts & wacko keyboards. Beware, ladies and gents, as I already warned you before these weirdos just want to seduce us all with their mind-twisting thunder as their ultimate goal is to take over this giant asylum, called Mother Earth and to make us dance exactly like them, like a bunch of doped fruitcakes…
A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven top-notch tracks I played on repeat these past days
Seven ardent strokes to feed body and soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!
1/ ‘For Free’ by THE CAPTAIN’S SON (Long Beach, CA, US)
Highly exciting retro surf pop kick driven by an irresistible jingle jangle beat making us Europeans longing for the summer. The band release a new self-titled EP on 10th March.
THE CAPTAIN’S SON: Facebook – Twitter
2/ ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ by SECRET CAMERAS (London, UK)
Amplified pop electricity with flashing guitars, pushing vocals and an overall dazzling drive to get completely lost in. This fresh four-piece will release their debut EP on 17th March.
SECRET CAMERAS: Facebook – Twitter
3/ ‘Art Prostitute’ by MANKIND (Stockholm, Sweden)
Nasty slo-mo garage rock drones while we hear the twisted story of a white wig prostitute. B-side of this new single is a wicked cover of Lou Reed‘s Waiting For My Man. Listen here
MANKIND: Facebook – Lazy Octopus Records
4/ ‘The Mound’ by GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS (London, UK)
They say: “We’re an obtuse punk trio, formed to aurally represent the noise and violence of the modern world.” I say: play this bloody loud, wake up your neighborhood and start a riot!
GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS: Facebook – Tumblr – iTunes
5/ ‘Cruise Ctrl’ by JESSE KONRAD (Tucson, Arizona, US)
Former member of folk outfit Fischer Kings going his own way. After his 2016 debut EP here’s a new track. An elevating, richly arranged, ecstatic pop cruise you’ll play on repeat.
JESSE KONRAD: Website – Facebook – Twitter
6/ ‘Telephone’ by SALT PETAL (Los Angeles, CA, US)
A tropical cocktail with a ska touch. A vivid mix of bright melody, swirling rhythm and a ‘here comes the summer‘ feel. The band will release 3rd album ‘Rare Hearts’ on 28th April
SALT PETAL: Facebook – Twitter
7/ ‘Hourglass’ by GOODMAN (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Singer/songwriter Michael Goodman sounds like a country pop cross between Ryan Adams and Jake Bugg, melancholic and uplifting at the same time. You can stream his brand new excellent album ‘The Vicissitudes’ here on Bandcamp
GOODMAN: Facebook – Twitter
See/hear you next week, music junkies…