The Louder Than War Playlist
Each week we present the Louder Than War Playlist' ”â Each of the staff contributors select three tracks that are getting their feet tapping”Â¦ They can be brand new; they can be old ”â either way they are vying for space on the LTW stereo!!
Phil said: "As I'm travelling to Germany I went with a German theme"
1. X-Mal Deutschland ”ËIncubus Sucubus'
I bought the original German import upon release way back in 1982 ; goth before it was known as such. We mentioned the band in a "top 10 post punk era bands who never got the credit" article earlier in the year.
2. D.A.F ”ËDer Mussolini'
An electronic classic, nothing else needs to be said...
3. The Pokes ”ËDinosaur'
The Pokes are part of the Berlin folk-punk scene, a British/German band who are some of the nicest people you could have the pleasure of meeting. We reviewed their album High Hopes here.
1. R Stevie Moore - Pop Music.
”Â¨With a new collection - Lo Fi High Fives - A Sort of Best Of - just released on Tim Burgess' O Genesis label it's a great time to delve into the massive back catalogue of the eclectic and prolific R Stevie. Pop Music has a wonderfully George Harrison-esque guitar line behind a sweet vocal, bounces along with a few bleeps and squirls. An uplifting lo-fi pop song of delight and a great video to boot!
2. Shrag - Jane with Dumbbells.”Â¨
I can't get enough of Shrag's third album Canines at the moment. A wonderfully gothic lo-fi indiepop record with male/female call and response vocals and a heady '90s influence. It's full of great songwriting and Jane with Dumbbells is an emotive lullaby to close the record. However, it ain't online so you'll have to make do with Show Us Your Canines here and then go and buy the record:ÃÂ
3. Arab Strap - First Big Weekend of the Summer. ”Â¨
This tune from 1996 ambushed me during a Shuffle and brought back so ace memories of this frankly brilliant band. The spoken lyric telling the tale of the title's big weekend over the looping machine beat builds to break over guitar's and a beautifully warm refrain. A happy rediscovery.”Â¨
1. Black Roots - Bristol Rock.
I was lucky enough to get a pre-release of the new Black Roots album to review & frankly have been proper rinsing it. Old school roots reggae with themes touching on modern day struggles. This track is a classic.
2. Vales - Standing Alone (Isolation).
I saw Vales live on Tuesday & was so impressed I came home & wrote them up as "Band Of The Day". Awesome hardcore with a screamo edge.
3. Hype Williams - Meets Shangaan Electro.
The first article I ever wrote for Louder Than War was about Shangaan Electro, the jittery South African dance music at a ridiculous tempo. Honest Jon's have just released a refit album, classic Shangaan tracks refitted in a techno / footwork stylee. Although not 100% successful this track from one of 2012's best artists, Hype Williams, is one of the successes.
Cock Sparrer - Running Riot live
John saw & reviewed Cock Sparrer this week.
MIA - Bad Girls
Savages Shut Up