It’s Friday - let joy be unconfined.
I’m not quite sure why I’ve only just come across Congo Natty but, there it is. I’ve never been totally convinced about Jungle however his 2013 “Jungle Revolution" album seems to my ears to be the perfect mix of roots, dancehall, jungle, rave and punk. It’s inventive, energetic, eclectic and is getting a lot of air time on my various music players. Jah Warriors is a good illustration of all that’s great about Congo Natty…
Congo Natty - Jah Warriors
I’ve also been listening to a lot of classic 1960s pop music. I finally got my mitts on the Small Faces Immediate Box Set, in addition to dipping into the Amen Corner back catalogue (most of it, again, on Immediate). For a brief period this week Spring seemed to have arrived here in southern England and that made me think of Summer and all the Summer classics including the sublime…
The Lovin’ Spoonful - Summer In The City
A new Metronomy album is always a cause for celebration. I’m still getting to grips with his however “I’m Aquarius” leapt out at me
Play "I’m Aquarius" two or three times and you will be humming it all day. It also makes me want to compile a playlist of my favourite horoscope-referencing tracks which would obviously be topped by “Float on” by The Floaters….
Metronomy - I’m Aquarius
Here’s an album I discovered when working in the Our Price record shop in London’s Oxford Street as a teenager. There were a lot of older guys in the shop who introduced me to some incredible older music that I was blissfully ignorant of until then. One artist was Tim Buckley and in particular his 1972 album "Greetings From L.A." which everyone in the shop grew to love. It’s a masterpiece. You probably already know that.
Here’s “Make It Right”…
Tim Buckley - Make It Right
Well, that’s all well and groovy but it is Friday, and it is the weekend, so we need something to get us jumping about and feeling good to be alive so I’m going to go for my favourite Glam Rock track of all time, actually it’s one of my favourite pop records in the world ever…
"Are you ready Steve?…"
Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Have a great weekend.
Over and out.