Well respected figurehead in the British D.I.Y. scene, Hackney born and Colchester based Johnno Casson returns with a Best Of compilation spanning an eleven-year solo career to be released on 26 April.
Under the three guises of Snippet with his wonky pop, Old Tramp’s crunching backbeats or the delightfully mature sound in his own name, Johnno is an established part of what has become a thriving British musical culture.
Originally chief singer and songwriter with trip-hop pioneers Deep Joy, Johnno has worked with the likes of Andy Weatherall (Primal Scream), James Lavelle (Mo’ Wax/UNKLE) and the legendary On-U-Sound label founder and producer Adrian Sherwood.
Opening with the sounds of Kiss My Arse from his This Is Tramp Pop EP (see our review here), this compilation moves along as all Best Of’s should do with track after track of outstanding quality interlaced with cheeky chappy humour and down to earth realism. Not only is Johnno able to
write lyrics of the highest order but each and every track has a melody and construction of sheer pop perfection.
Middle Class Ways from 2017s Future Melancholy Pop Music album becomes more relevant in today’s society day by day and This Is Essex (Window Shopping, 2012) progresses memories that are clearly dear to his heart.
This Best Of album was born out of a suggestion by songwriter and BBC broadcaster Tom Robinson as a way to celebrate Johnno’s musical output and also introduce his work to those not yet acquainted with his sound and, it was on Tom’s BBC6 Music show that Johnno was named as the most played Introducing artist in history.
Of course, words are nothing more than words (unless they are written by Johnno Casson) and the true value of his music is one that should be heard by everyone young and old – check out album closer We Luv The Sunshine which appeared in the movie The Space Between and is guaranteed to have every four-year-old singing it’s chorus within
Johnno Casson brings joy to people at a time when people really (really) need joy.
Pre Order the album here.
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop and you can follow him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.