This week we have the pleasure of inviting Saint Etienne to the Dusk Dubs family, as Pete Wiggs compiles a sublime selection....
"I’ve ended up going for the crepuscular end of the dusk dubs spectrum, a selection to take you from the sun passing over the horizon to a spot of campfire introspection. These are some of my favourite tracks from across the years that I find myself coming back to again and again.
Hope you like my selection."
This week the group have released their latest album 'Home Counties' on Heavenly Records. Produced by previous Dusk Dubs selector Shawn Lee of 'Wall Of Sound' and 'Young Gun Silver Fox' fame, the record contains 19 brand new tracks, inspired by Pete, Bob and Sarah's bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that the three have always been part of our.....
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1. Can – Future Days
Possibly my favourite Can song with its hypnotic sparse one note bass line and infectious vocal line. I often put this on if my brain’s feeling frazzled.
2. Ennio Morricone – In Un Sogno Il Sogna
Always liked Morricone’s soundtracks but became more hooked when the Mondo Morricone compilations came out in the 90’s. This sounds like a sunset to me.
3. Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Ballade de Melody Nelson
I’d usually listen to the whole album in one go but still haven’t worked out what the story is. Jean Claude Vannier’s arrangement on this is perfect.
4.Brenda Lee Eager – When I’m With You
This and ‘There Ain’t No Way’ are two of my all time favourite soul records, was torn between which one to include. Love the dense Larry Mizell production on this.
5. Archie Shepp – Blues for Brother George Jackson
I’m not usually one for free jazz sax outpourings but the combination of groove and emotion on this record is electrifying
6. Harpers Bizarre – Witchi Tai To
Adapted from a native American peyote chant, this song seems to embody the feeling of being surrounded by good friends and people you love.
7. Inter-Groupie Psychotherapeutic Elastic Band – Floating
The love-in continues with this gem from the Byg label
8. Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free
I love the poignancy of Robert Wyatt’s voice (can’t listen to Matching Mole’s ‘O Caroline’ without welling up) this is a beautiful cover of the Chic song.
9. Richie Havens – For Haven’s Sake
Don’t be put off by the daft pun title, this is Havens at his psychedelic best - I’m a sucker for dubbed up backwards tape effects. From his great album ‘1983’ which I don’t think anyone has re-issued yet.
10. My Heart Isn’t Only Mine – Tujiko Noriko
This 14 minute epic is a thing of fragile beauty, took me a few plays before I fell in love with it but has become one of my most listened to tracks of the last couple of years.
Saint Etienne have also just kicked off their UK & US tour, playing highlights from 'Home Counties' and a selection of hits and misses.... plus a few surprises.
Catch them if you can at their remaining gigs.....
06/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall
06/06 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavillion
06/08 – Newcastle, UK @ Sage
06/09 – Edinburgh – UK @ Queens Hall
06/10 – Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
06/11 – Manchester, UK @ RNMC Concert Hall
08/20 – Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
09/24 – Boston, MA @ Somerville Once Ballroom
09/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/26 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/27 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
10/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/05 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre