27 March 2021

Last December, beetle Paul McCartney released his acclaimed
McCartney III LP, a follow-up to his 1970 solo debut McCartney
and 1980’s McCartney II.

A re-worked version, titled McCartney III Imaged, with covers and
remixes by a notable list of guests such as Damon Albarn, Blood Orange,
Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Beck, Anderson, Paak, Idris Elba, Khruangbin,
Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Josh Homme
& more, will be out 16 April.

Beck also joined the party. He remixed the track Find My Way.

Listen to the funky result…


McCartney III Imagined is out 4/16 – Order info here

BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Stellar Albums Turning 25 In 2021

These five stellar albums celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2021

1. Everything Must Go by MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Wales)

Released: 20 May 1996 – 4th LP
The Guardian (UK) wrote: “‘Everything Must Go’ achieved the zenith of the Welshmen’s
original ambition: to conquer the mainstream with anger, art and soul.”

Stream here…

2. Ugly Beautiful by BABYBIRD (UK)

Released: 21 October 1996 – sixth LP
The Independent wrote: “Another South Yorkshire sexual ironist to set alongside Jarvis, Babybird’s Stephen Jones delves here into clefts and crannies most people would rather
leave unprobed.”

Stream here…

3. ‘Odelay’ by BECK (US)

Released: 18 June 1996 – fifth LP
AllMusic wrote: “Odelay is a full-fledged, full-bodied album, released on a major label bearing an intricate, meticulous production by the Dust Brothers…Like a mosaic, all the details add up to a picture greater than its parts”

Stream here…

4. Entroducing… by DJ SHADOW (US)

Released: 16 September 1996 – debut LP
Melody Maker wrote: “The album flips hip hop inside out all over again
like a reversible glove. You need this record. You are incomplete without it.”

Stream here…

5. Scream, Dracula, Scream! by ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT (US)

Released: 10 October 1996 – fourth LP
NME wrote: “Play it loud enough and the neighbours will complain to the fuzz
that a bunch of Hell’s Angels are having a party… Inhale this fuel. Rocket From
The Crypt are blasting. Get burned.”

Stream here…


BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Stunning Singles Turning 25 In 2021


One word: EPIC!

We don’t talk about love
We only wanna get drunk
And we are not allowed to spend
As we are told that this is the end

2. Don’t Look Back In Anger by OASIS

Shivers down your spine, and when thousands
sing along it’s a flabbergasting experience…

And so Sally can wait
She knows it’s too late
As we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away
But don’t look back in anger
I heard you say

3. You’re Gorgeous by BABYBIRD

Not really the love song many thought it was. Anyway
a titanic tune, I and many lovers, never get tired of…

Because you’re gorgeous
I’d do anything for you
Because you’re gorgeous
I know you’ll get me through

4. Firestarter by THE PRODIGY

Inflammable techno stormer. Rest in peace, Keith Flint

I’m the trouble starter, punkin’ instigator
I’m the fear addicted, a danger illustrated
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter
You’re a firestarter, twisted firestarter
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter

5. Devils Haircut by BECK

Not a loser at all…

Somethin’s wrong cause my mind is fading,
And everywhere I look there’s a dead end waiting,
Temperature’s dropping at the rotten oasis
Stealing kisses from the leprous faces

Got a devil’s haircut in my mind

KHRUANGBIN Remixed ‘NO DISTRACTION’ By BECK To Celebrate THE LOSER’s 50th Birthday…

New sonic impulses…

9 July 2020

BECK HANSEN turned 50 yesterday (born in Los Angeles 8 July 1970). As we all know
the versatile singer/songwriter started his brilliant career with that superb stunner
LOSER back in 1993.

To celebrate the maestro’s half-century Houston‘s psych soul trio KHRUANGBIN
remixed Beck’s song NO DISTRACTION from his thirteenth album Colors, released
in 2017.

The remix was planned to be shared as a 7″ for Record Store Day, but as the event
was delayed due to the coronavirus crisis Khruangbin decided to share it now for this special birthday occasion.

Here’s to Beck’s 50

BECK: Biography

BECK Released His Seventh Album ‘MIDNITE VULTURES’ 20 Years Ago…

23 November 2019

Musical centipede BECK released his 7th album MIDNITE VULTURES on 23 November 1999, 20 years ago today. A varied groove and funk party record with the open-minded artist being inspired by artists such as Kraftwerk, Grandmaster Flash, Prince and the Velvet Undergound. A collection of exotic dance dynamics enough to shake your booty to for a while. The LP hit #34 in the US and peaked at #16 in the UK.

The three singles




Album in full…

BECK: Facebook

Back sleeve

OUT TODAY! 14th Album By Musical Octopus BECK – Here’s ‘HYPERSPACE’…

Just released

22 November 2019

Artist: Beck

Album: HYPERSPACE – his 14th LP

Note: About twenty (!) years ago Beck and Pharrell Williams met
and agreed to work together sometime. Well, it took 20 years, but
finally the duo teamed up with this new Beck LP as the result

Beck about Pharrell Williams: “I really tried to be less ambitious
on the production on these songs, like to let them be simple and let
them breathe. Pharrell is a master minimalist. On production I’m a bit
of a maximalist. I’ve really tried to reform myself to let it become more

Sound: Atmospheric musings, ambient dreams, and airy arrangements.
One of his moodiest works ever

NME verdict: 4/5 – review here

Stream album here…

BECK: Facebook