This week new releases from The Russell Club, 2 Lost Souls, The Freqs, Don Husky & Subatomic Sound System, Dubmatix, Buffalo Killers and Promenade Cinema. In addition a dip in the archive for music from Dave Graney and the mistLY, Pray TV, Okkervill River, and The Fall.
The Russell Club – January Sales – January Sales : Steve from Monkeys In Love back with another project, he promises there will be more to come
2 Lost Souls – Fun Is Fun – 52 Singles Project : and so it continues
Dave Graney and the mistLY – Man on the Make – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide : another older song given a makeover
Pray TV – Sucker Punch – Swingers Paradise : 1994 release – produced by Ed Kuepper – Indie pop/Indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia. They existed from 1987 until their breakup in 1997. They released four studio albums. A compilation CD was released in 2010. The band reformed for a one-off reunion show at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford (Melbourne) on 31 January 2015. After 20 years since their last recording, the band released a new album in August 2016, titled Horizontal Life – playing a track from that later
Okkervill River – Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe – The Stage Names : fourth full-length studio album by American indie rock band Okkervil River, released on August 7, 2007.
The Freqs – Witch – Poachers : Originally released at the end of 2022, the single “Witch” is a thundering voyage inspired by the past and present of their hometown, Salem, Massachusetts. The song wass the first single off the band’s fourth EP, Poachers, which was recorded by, mixed, and mastered by Alex Allinson at Bridge Sound And Stage in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and completed with cover art photography by Colby Todisco.
Don Husky & Subatomic Sound System – No Bloodshed (Vocal Mix) – No Bloodshed : Don Husky, supported by Bounty Killer and dubbed by BBC as one of the “sickest brand-new artists” on the dancehall reggae scene, juxtaposes sweet melodies and rugged chatting over a hyped-up, roots dancehall riddim produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry’s NYC band Subatomic Sound System in the future dubwise style of their acclaimed “Super Ape Returns to Conquer” album and their recent hit “Police in Helicopter” featuring Jah9 & Yaadcore. With Subatomic’s 21st-century sub bass and drums, and plenty of dubwise smoke & fire, Don Husky’s baritone rides the riddim with lyrics about Kingston street life and his dream to make his “Mama live how the queen lives”. Subatomic’s producer Emch chops and mixes the music under Husky’s verses in a lively fashion typical of a sound system dance rather than a studio session. While Don Husky’s vocal style evokes early DJ stars like Yellowman & Tiger, his tone and delivery is a clear descendant of the modern sound of Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel. The result is a forward-leaning boomshot that harkens back to classic moments from the roots of dancehall for a cross-generational flex.
Dubmatix – Ask Me ft Lone Ranger – ReWired
Promenade Cinema – Vanish (Scenius Remix) – Dark Designs
The Fall – Hip Priest – Hip Priest and Kamerads : By 1985, the band’s releases on the Kamera label were hard to find and fetching high prices among collectors. Situation Two released this compilation containing all four tracks from the singles released on the label (“Lie-Dream of a Casino Soul”/”Fantastic Life” and “Look, Know”/”I’m into C.B.!”), together with songs from Hex Enduction Hour and Room to Live, one a live version. The versions of “The Classical”, “Fortress”, and “Hip Priest” are the album versions from Hex Enduction Hour, and “Room to Live” and “Hard Life in Country” are from Room to Live. “Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.” is a live version recorded in St. Gallen in 1983, and at five minutes and 42 seconds is twice as long as the album version on Hex. The album was originally released in March 1985 on vinyl only. Cassette and CD versions were released in 1988
Pray TV – Couch Surfing – Horizontal Life : 2016 release
Buffalo Killers – Chicken Head Man – Stay Tuff / Lost Cuts