Monday, 20 February 2012

Eighteen with a bullet

Where Is Bobbie Gentry? (from the album California Years –2009) : JILL SOBULE
We all know Roberta Lee Streeter, right? As Bobbie Gentry she will forever be remembered for the classic “Ode To Billie Joe” but she was a brilliant singer/songwriter. She stopped recording in 1974 and dropped plain out of sight, refusing all offers of a comeback.
Jill Sobule, on the other hand, is not universally recognised but she is the writer of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”. She is also a brilliant singer/songwriter. This homage to Bobbie (think you’ll recognise the tune) is a classic in itself – the title tells you everything about the song.

ComfyCozy – LUKE VIBERT (from the album Chicago Detroit Redruth – 2007)

You may have heard Luke Vibert without really knowing you’ve heard him, as he records under about eight other names besides his own. The album explores pretty much every type of dance music, and one this track we get a very 50s-style jazz track with a drum n bass backing.

Days Like This – SHAUN ESCOFFERY (from the album Shaun Escoffery – 2007)

British soul music has always been, for me, the most underrated musical genre. Especially amongst the British. Fortunately, our American friends tend to acknowledge the quality. This track will bring out the sunshine on even the grimmest days – quality music that easily matches the best of Chicago house

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