“(Shirley Inspired) preserves these songs for future generations...It's the great triumph of this collection, one that goes beyond whether it hangs together as a body of work.” Quietus
“Fresh accents open up the material in intriguing ways…and through heartfelt performances such as these they continue to live” The Wire
"There are these unique voices, these unique songs that would not have survived if it were not for Shirley... she has kept that entire tradition alive." - Alan Moore
July 2015 will see Shirley Collins celebrate her 80th year - an age that would seem frankly ridiculous for a woman as spritely as her, had it not been for all she's achieved. From her seminal field-recording trip to America to her lauded musical career; from her role as historian and protector of the folk tradition, to the very fact that this record can exist - more than half a century after her career began - all of these things are testament to the breadth of her influence. And so we arrive at 'Shirley Inspired'.
It would be almost lazy to the talk about the resurgence of folk music or the 'new folk' sound - the recordings found here are so much more than that. This is the very essence of folk - songs handed down from person to person, interpreted by modern musicians - as a way of keeping these songs alive.
Originally released on deluxe 3L gatefold, this CD versions enjoys 12 more stunning interpretations, including contributions from Paul Armfield, Jack Sharp (Wolf People), Rob St. John and Elle Osborne. Make no mistake these are modern versions; we've the soulful dirge of Bitchin Bonnie Billy Bajas' 'Pretty Saro'; the rabble-rousing minimalism of Stewart Lee (yes him) and Stuart Estell's 'Polly On The Shore'; the prism-like vocals of Ela Stiles' 'Murder of Maria Marten'... even Graham Coxon's traditional affair evokes something altogether more rebellious, his clawing, feral style is much in evidence here.
This compilation was an inheritance of sorts: borne to us from the kickstarter appeal that funded 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins' - a film that is currently being made about the First Lady of Folk Music's life. We here at Earth now have the privilege of giving these songs a tangible existence in the shape of this special recording.
The woman herself had this to say: "I've been overwhelmed by the generosity of the singers and musicians who responded to the invitation to be part of the Shirley Inspired collection. Their choice of songs is fascinating, the interpretations of them fresh and various, beautiful and sometimes challenging! Listening to these recreations shows me again that English folk music has timeless power and significance." Proceeds of this album go directly towards the production of 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins', a film by Fifth Column. Tracks kindly donated by the musicians involved.
CD Tracks: Disc One: 1. Bitchin Bonnie Billy Bajas - Pretty Saro 2. Trembling Bells - Richie's Story 3. Stewart Lee & Stuart Estell - Polly On The Shore 4. Johnny Flynn – Rambleaway 5. Lee Ranaldo - The Plains Of Waterloo 6. Alasdair Roberts and David McGuinness - A Blacksmith Courted Me 7. Graham Coxon - Cruel Mother 8. Meg Baird - Locks And Bolts 9. Angel Olsen - The Blacksmith 10. Ela Stiles - The Murder Of Maria Marten 11. Stuart Estell - Just As The Tide Was Flowing 12. Bonnie Dobson and The Lords of Thyme - Hares On The Mountain 13. Rachael Dadd - Polly Vaughan 14. Josephine Foster - Love Is Pleasing 15. The Owl Service and Laura Cannell - Edi Beo 16. Jackie Oates - Banks Of The Bann.
Disc Two: 1. Crying Lion - Shepherd's Arise 2. Ned Oldham - The Blacksmith 3. Ulver - Poor Murdered Woman 4. Sally Timms With The Mini Mekons - Go From My Window 5. Chris Joynes - It Was Pleasant and Delightful 6. Sharron Kraus - Gilderoy (Heart's Delight) 7. Joe Murphy - Adieu To All Judges And Juries 8. Slate Islands - Proud Maisrie 9. Sophie Williams – Charlie 10. Rozi Plain - Long Years Ago 11. Paul Smith – Geordie 12. Olivia Chaney - Oxford Girl 13. Orlando and Tom Furse - My False True Love 14. Barbarossa - Dearest Dear 15. Belbury Poly - Cambridgeshire May Carol 16. Eric Chenaux - Just As The Tide Was Flowing 17. Tunng and Farao - Never Again 18. Findlay Brown - Sweet England..
Disc Three: 1. Jack Sharp - Adieu To Old England 2. Miz Stefani - My Bonnie Boy 3. Marco Pirroni & Jen Vix - Turpin Hero 4. Rosemary Lippard - The Unquiet Grave 5. Sam Gleaves - Greenwood Laddie 6. Elle Osborne - The Murder Of Allen Bain 7. Ruby - Bad Girl 8. Rob St. John - The Bold Fisherman 9. MV & EE - T Devil 10. Susan Stenger - Barbara Allen / Idumea 11. Paul Armfield - Adieu To Old England
Danish four-piece Communions have announced details of a new EP.
Communions will be released on Tough Love Records on Monday 1st June. The self-titled EP features lead track Out of My World and is accompanied by 4 other tracks, all recorded in their hometown of Copenhagen. The EP is the second release on Tough Love Records, following the release of AA-side single So Long Sun/Love Stands Still at the end of 2014.
The limited 7” sold-out and Pitchfork were quick to praise the A-side and hone in on their musical influences: “The song oozes effervescent warbles—from vocalist Martin Rehof, and the interplay of shimmering guitars, and lovely crescendos of reverb, reminiscent of early Stone Roses.” (Pitchfork)
Communions, made up of brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen, are fast-gaining attention for their transcendent melodies, delicate guitar lines and emotive pop songs about naivety and youth.
Tracklisting: 1. Forget it's a Dream 2. Wherever 3. Restless Hours 4. Summer's Oath 5. Out of My World
Gothenburgs finest electronic wizard Robert Leiner are back. With a eight track LP - Melomania. Since the early 90´s Robert Leiner has been a highly respected part of the global electronic music scene. Ambient, techno, trance, acid, house, kraut - whatever. The fact that Robert never confined himself to a single genre suits Höga Nord more than well. This time he brought some friends: The Source Experience band.
First track Dromomania sounds like Daft Punk would - if they were relevant. The monotonous machinery is just as efficiantly mechanic as the slow liquidation of human labour at Volvo and other big companies within the car industry. Second track Drive makes us think of an unwillingly beautiful and violent tramaccident.
Chaotic supreme confidence is what follows through the album. Pure organic uncompromising energy. It´s time to get down to the source for some excperience!
Tracklisting: 1.Dromomania 2.Drive 3.Swung 4.Laniakea Part 1 5.Laniakea Part 2 6.Abell 3565 7.Hydra 8.Virgo 9.Norma Genré: Electronic, Kraut, Leftfeid, Techno
Available for PRE-ORDER, released on the 24th of July.
Jessy Lanza meets the Teklife crew on this sultry EP, with DJ Spinn and Taso's first-released RnB track, and a Teklife footwork remix with assistance from the late DJ Rashad.
The main mix is a dejected confessional slow jam with Jessy's plaintive vocal sitting in the middle of spiralling drums and teardrop-like chords, a gentle guitar refrain dropping in at the end like a comforting hand on the shoulder. Following an instrumental version, the Teklife mix doubles the tempo, switching the gentleness to deliver an interpretation that touches on tense anger, with the sweeping chords the track is built on snapping into shivering shapes, as strings simmer in the background, building the tension.
Also included is Bambounou's remix of 'Fuck Diamond', a track on Jessy's ‘Pull My Hair Back’ debut album, which appears here on vinyl for the first time after an initial CD-only release last year on the ‘Hyperdub 10.4’ compilation). Bambounou transforms it into a rough drum machine workout, leaving sparse elements of the original in place - a splash of vocal and a held chord - building a dynamic trance that slips and slides in and out of different patterns.
Side A: 1. You Never Show Your Love 2. You Never Show Your Love (Instrumental)
Side B: 1. You Never Show Your Love (Teklife Mix ft DJ Rashad) 2. Fuck Diamond (Bambounou Remix)