Monday, March 24, 2014

Look what I found!

That's right, some Dauwd for your listening pleasure.  I'm sure I wrote about him before, but I couldn't find anything when I searched.  Oh well, came across this today a bit randomly and it is excellent!  I love the main  keyboard line.  Dauwd's definitely grown as an artist in the year or so since I first heard his music -- this track just sounds more mature, more put together, than his earlier material.  I'm glad  he's still around and doing well, and I'd love to hear an album if this is any indication of where it could go.  Dauwd was born in the US, grew up in Wales, and his real name is Dauwd al-Hilali.  Oh, and he's put out at least one EP on Michigan dance label, Ghostly.  Peak your interest?

Also, here's a video on a pretty obscure UK dance scene.  It's short but  interesting.  When  I say obscure,  I mean to most of our readership -- UK Garage reached the heights of the top 40, and inspired the Streets!  That's when I heard about it, but it had a much longer history before that.  UKG followed what is basically the rise-and-fall template of just about every dance music type, from early acid to dubstep, so watch the video to get an idea of how a scene comes to be, peaks, and  then fades away (before the inevitable nostalgia).  There'll be a larger TV series starting next month in the UK -- it's already on my to-download list.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Boy George Ahoy!

Here's a book Boy George may have once owned.  Or written.

In other words, a small Boy George update.  Not even that really, but a link to an interview I've just read over at Details mag.  This interview reminded me why I like Boy George, and why I enjoyed his autobiography -- it's cos he's funny!  I've you've not read his book, Take It Like a Man, it's well worth a read, especially if you have a passing interest in the late 70's/early 80's UK.  I'm talking squats!  No, not this kind.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring is in the Air?

It doesn't feel like it around here, it's bloody freezing!  But perhaps this ditty will put you in a springy mood, as it did me.  It's by Francois and the Atlas Mountains, an Anglo-French outfit based in Bristol, UK, and it's off their upcoming fourth album.  C'est tres bon!  Sadly my French is limited to those three words, so I've no idea what the song is about.