Ths week we welcome Matthew Foord to the Dusk Dubs family...
"I thoroughly enjoyed putting this selection together and I’ve endeavoured to stick to the ethos of choosing tunes that are personal and that would be more suited to the afterhour’s session.
I am honoured to have been asked and sincerely hope that my offering fits in with the superb mixes already on offer.
Every track is evocative of special times and places."
You can find him here...
1) Jimi Hendrix- Bold as Love -What superlative can you use for this man that hasn’t been used before? I got into Hendrix at probably 14 or 15 after previously only having ears for all things Two Tone or Mod flavoured. To say he made my head spin is an understatement. An incredible musician who sadly left us far too soon, but who thankfully left a peerless body of work. This was a difficult choice as could have been any one of a number, but i decided to go with this track from the ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ album. This is music that I can return to over again and continually find new things –truly revolutionary.
2) Spiritualized- Let it Flow - A band that have had a special place in my heart for a great number of years. I love Spacemen 3, but for me Jason Pierce took the whole sound to a completely different level with Spiritualized. Everything about their output is spot on. I love the drawing together of influences such as Rock, Psychedelia, Gospel, Soul and Blues.
The attention to detail and the clarity in production is phenomenal. Nothing is out of place. This is music to play as loudly as possible and let it works its sonic magic.
3) Shuggie Otis- Pling! - I discovered this little jewel on the re-issue of Shuggie Otis’ seminal Inspiration Information. Originally released in 1974 the whole album was light years ahead of its time- genre defying and deeply curious. This track is the aural equivalent of a summer’s day with a loved one by the sea (or river...or any large body of water) - simply gorgeous.
4) Timmy Thomas- Why can’t we Live together ? - The percussion and the DIY sound and off kilter rhythm to this track fit perfectly with Shuggie Otis’ track beforehand. I first heard a version of this on an old tape my brother made for me in about 1988. The Love and Unity Remix by Danny Rampling of Illusion. It’s one of those records that just stuck but upon hearing the original there is only one winner. A heartfelt paean to Peace and Harmony. Why can’t we live together indeed?
5) Dion- Born to be with You - I first heard this on Mary- Anne Hobb’s Breezeblock show on Radio 1 back in 1997 (?). This was included in a selection put together by J. Spaceman of Spiritualized. This is everything that I love in Music. Aural Perfection.
6) Dusty Springfield- Windmills of your mind - One of the finest female vocalists ever in my humble opinion. This track is taken from the peerless Dusty in Memphis album originally realised in 1969. The album was a commercial failure upon its release but has since been revered as one of the most important soul albums recorded. The way that she embraces and caresses the lyrics takes this song into a whole new dimension. Couple the voice with the sublime arrangement- The sweeping strings and the gorgeous flamenco pickings make this a sophisticated classic
7) Japan- Ghosts - I remember hearing this as a kid on the radio and being completely blown away by its incredible strangeness. I was a little skinhead at the time so admitting that I liked this track was strictly verboten! Thankfully this has graduated from a forbidden pleasure to an open and honest relationship over the years. I still marvel at the eeriness of the electronics combined with David Sylvain’s completely individual vocals
8) - The Specials- Ghost Town - The original and still one of the best.
The Specials will always hold a special place in my heart (you’ll notice that there are a few of these). This record was a perfect indictment of Thatcherite Britain, which is sadly, as relevant today in relation to Cameroon and his cronies. I wasn’t lucky enough to see The Specials in their original incarnation but, have been lucky enough to see them on three occasions since they reformed. Every time has been an occasion of deep personal joy.
9) Sabres of Paradise- Wilmot - Weatherall and Dub- A match made in Heaven. No surprise that the Guvnor has made it into my selection and again it could have been anyone of number of tunes. I’ve long held a deep affinity with Reggae and Dub in particular, so this choice was perfect. This is by far the better version then contained within the excellent ‘Haunted Dancehall’ album. The production and the layered vocals add an air of menace that is intoxicating.
10) Massive Attack Vs Mad Professor- Bumper Ball Dub - Two of my favourite artists. ‘Who knows that secret of the Master Tape’? Was probably the first Dub album that I bought (along with Scientist ‘Rids the world of the evil curse of the Vampires ? Scientist takes Massive Attacks version and dub’s it into a whole new dimension. Forward the Bass. Forward the Treble!
11) Talvin Singh & Rakesh Chaurasia- Heaven - Sunrise over the Ganges.
12) Tom Middleton- Sea of Glass - Tom Middleton has been one of favourite produces since I heard Global Communications seminal 76:14 album. No matter the style Tom always imbues his music with such a clarity and depth of emotional warmth. This is taken from the sublime Lifetracks album. If you don’t own this album, I can only ask Why not ?
13) The Style Council- It’s a very deep Sea - Paul Weller (along with the Specials) has been the musical foundations upon which everything else has been built. The record showcases just what a great vocalist Weller is, with the lyrics unsparingly honest. The simple accompaniment of Mick Talbot on piano and D.C. Lee’s backing vocals provide a masterpiece of blue eyed soul.
14) Omar- There’s nothing like this - The Voice. One of the best bass lines ever recorded. Pure Class.
15) Orange Juice- Rip it up - Another record that has remained with my since my youth. Fast forward to Despecio @ Camden Roundhouse in 2014- still energising the whole dancefloor. Wibblywobblyfunkiness.