The best of the past month…
Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A sassy stream of rambling rippers and jagged jackhammers.
‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Half Asian / Half Latinx)
Young kids standing up and making a sharp-cutting, alarming statement
about racism and sexism with a spot-on, in-your-face, loudmouthed punk
anthem à la Bikini Kill. I love it, so should you.
Plug in here…
‘Weather Strike’ by TOM MORELLO and PUSSY RIOT (US/RUSSIA)
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine
together with a quiet/Loud/quiet/Loud crossover outburst. I repeat:
riot, bloody riot, yeah.
Press pussy play…
‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!
Catch the vibe…
‘Heat’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons song my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kick-ass kickoff. A haunting and sickly sticky stomper. A 24-carat rocker!
Press play here…
‘Le Jour Du Cobra’ by LA JUNGLE (Belgium)
A bulldozer-feedback intro, repetitive synth-thrills, glowing guitars, freakish voices and a thunderous pace all rolled into one mad-as-a-hatter Kraut-noise escapade making your mind go dizzy, your heart beating faster and your potency going sky-high. Fuck Viagra,
long live La Jungle!
‘Slice Of Pain’ by BLACK INK STAIN (France)
All hell breaks loose from the very start. An obstreperous post-punk sledgehammer with a deafening dose of illegal decibels. Opening missile from their excellent Incidents album.
Here comes the blast…
‘Shallow’ by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, MA)
In a normal world, Big Time Kill should be know wide and far. Their massive
wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, and served with a
gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Shallow is my favorite piece of their staggering new 4-tarck EP Recovery.
Dance around and around…
‘Cosmic Fingers’ by PAUL WELLER (UK)
No rest for the Modfather. The last few years his production is impressive and
a couple of weeks ago another LP, Fat Pop hit the streets. Lead-single Cosmic Fingers proves once again that Weller still can rock out like the best. That’s entertainment!
Fire it up, Weller…
‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
Cell on repeat. A stunner, indeed!
Get magnetised here…
‘Party’ by LOVE ITOYA (Greek Nigerian)
This feels so good. Upbeat, happy and totally summer. Only Love Itoya‘s second
single but definitely one to start and stop all coming sunlit beach jamborees with.
Yes, the sun shines again. Finally! Post-pandemic hope for the future, right here!
Party time indeed…
‘Joker’ by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
The Haciendas rattle their butts off on this new fervent firecracker. They turn up the temperature with electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks and a clear-cut chorus. One message for all doubters out there: guitar rock is not dead.
‘I Said That You Looked Fine’ by ALEX JAMES (North East England)
This banging belter has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy stonker that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune. What do you want more? Okay, we agree.
Tune in and start the beat…
‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of the late great Buckley legends floats
all over this gloomy ballad.
Dim the lights and dream away…
‘Odes’ by DEAFDEAFDEAF (Manchester, UK)
A slow-paced meditation driven by Hill‘s poignant vox and puzzling guitar waves.
London’s sharp-knifed engine shame should take DEAFDEAFDEAF on tour with
them. They share the same outspoken edginess and sonic resonance. Bingo!
Press the play button…
All together on Spotify
See/hear you next month, music junkies…
25 May 2021
John William Weller was born on 25 May 1958 in Woking, Surrey, UK.
Happy 63 to the former Jam and Style Council mastermind who started
his grand solo career back in 1990 and made/released 16 studio albums
(so far) with Fat Pop as the most recent one (came out 10 days ago).
Three big ones to celebrate…
– IN THE CITY –
(With The Jam – 1977)
– SPEAK LIKE A CHILD –
(With The Style Council – 1983)
– COSMIC FINGERS –
(Single from his brand new album Fat Pop)
PAUL WELLER: Facebook
(Image on top: cover of his solo album ‘True Meanings’)
19 May 2021
Artist: PAUL WELLER
Active: Since 1972, solo since 1992
with 16 studio albums (so far)
UNCUT Magazine:”Something that scratches the same
itch that first propelled him and his audience into a record
shop… To keep that hunger alive, you need to feed it with new
inspiration. What you hear on Fat Pop is the reciprocation of
that care.” Score: 9/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Soul, funk, blues, ballads, pop, rock. Weller swims in those
pools for a very long time now (almost 30 years a solo artist). He’s an imperishable
songsmith who grows older in style and with elegance. Don’t expect experimental
stuff. He’s a soul man at heart. The 60s and 70s are his allies. That’s entertainment.
Singles/clips: Cosmic Fringes / Shades Of Blue
– COSMIC FRINGES –
– SHADES OF BLUE –
Fat Pop in full…
PAUL WELLER: Website
PAUL WELLER is the guest editor of the new
MOJO (British monthly music magazine) issue.
MOJO says: “He’s been a reader since Issue #1 and a MOJO cover star 11 times. Qualifications that make Jam legend Paul Weller an ideal MOJO Guest Editor. He asked for features on Paul McCartney, The Coral, CSNY, My Bloody Valentine and Funkadelic, gave us the lowdown on his new LP, and recommended new bands and buried treasures for you to check out. We added a summit with St Vincent and the exclusive inside track on a new Jeff Buckley biopic. Plus: Tony Joe White, Jayne County, Manic Street Preachers, Peggy Seeger, Mdou Moctar, Spiritualized, The Who, The Fall and John Lennon. Then it’s all back to KISS’s Paul Stanley’s for some rock and soul all nite.”
You can buy a copy here.
New sonic impulses…
26 February 2021
Artist: PAUL WELLER
Shade Of Blue
Cobweb / Connections
In Better Times
Still Glides The Stream
Lead-single: COSMIC FINGERS
A surprising, but terrifically bang-on disco-beat driven stomper.
PAUL WELLER: Facebook