Trio - Da Da Da (Version Originale Anglaise)

Just another example to prove my much broadcasted opinion that 1982 was the golden year for unusual pop music. This little ditty from the German band Trio is a strange mix of clashing elements that simply shouldn't work, but it's carried out with such pizazz that (to me) its the very definition of vibes.

In review: A relentless casio-influenced bleeping groove gives the backbone to Stephan Remmler's droll but brilliant "Da, Da, Da" vocal. Combine that with just the right amount of off-kilter breakdowns, uplifting guitar licks and the truly tropical piano chords that are used with wonderful restraint, and quite simply, you have an AMATEURISM HIT.

"Ich lieb' dich nicht du lebst mich nicht" 5/5

Mahotella Queens - Wozani Mahipi (Hippies Come to Soweto)

Today's joint comes the wonderful Mahotella Queens trio from South Africa.

We're not going to sit here and pretend like we know a lot about their songs, or even the power of the message they're proclaiming on this one... But, there's a vibe on this that just makes us move - and we know from the title that it's about the arrival of hippies in Soweto. So, on those two levels alone, we dig.

We hope you do too.

Mim Suleiman - Nyuli - Dub mix

We're still here.......

And we return from a rather lengthy period of silence with a little dancefloor ditty from an all-time Amateurism favourite - the genius that is Mr. Maurice Fulton.

This one is a Dub mix of Zanzibar-born singing legend Mim Suleiman's 'Nyuli', released vinyl only on Running Back in 2010.

As you can expect, it's ace!

Jan Hammer Group - Don't You Know

I've said it before, and i'll say it again... Every now and then I find a record that just blows me away, a record that I find completely infectious and simply have to listen to over and over again.

This, my friends, is that record - right now. To put it short, I think this is 3m10s of perfection.

A fusion jazz-soul-techno-lullaby from 1977. Oh yes - the Jan Hammer Group.


Skatebård - Starwatcher II

Really, really feeling this one. Brought forward by our resident amateur from north of the border, Aymen (aka one half of Battle of the Zoo), this 2010 released cyber-tech jam from Norway's Skatebård is very classy.

As Aymen puts it, he's "dancing in space" and that definitely feels fitting. Starwatcher II manages to feel both clean and smooth, whilst retaining the rawness and stripped back feel that we all love so much. One to just sit back and let it ride, I particularly like the drum break and then switch up from around 6mins - all the best electronic records should have a little surprise at the end if you ask me.

Respect where respect is due.

Wildfire - The Rebels

Stone. Cold.

This rare 7" from Wildfire is currently giving me goosebumps. Made in 1980 in Trinidad & Tobago, it's just one of those tunes that makes you realise why it's so exciting and rewarding to keep digging deep... And, it helps when you have a crew of like-minded friends doing exactly the same thng - this one was brought forward by Mr. Ru Warner.

I've said it before, and i'll say it again - the man has immaculate taste.

Rebel music. Testify.