Monday, February 8, 2016

SHREM'S WORLDLY DELIGHTS: "ENTA ARABI" - Kabreet


Continuing my New Year's resolution about posting more songs from the lesser explored corners of the musical world, I give you this truly captivating recording from the Berlin based Yemeni/German duo Kabreet. "Enta Arabi" comes from Ibi Ibrahim & Hanno Stecher's freshly released debut album "Momken Bokra" which you can stream and purchase on Bandcamp. The elegant composition mixes some traditional Arabic instruments with minimal electronica in a subtle way. With its understated melody, nostalgic vocals and the unquestionably melodic aspect of the al-ʿArabiyyah, "Enta Arabi" is a real treat not only for those already partial to Middle Eastern sounds.



Here's the video for the equally seductive title track taken from Kabreet's first LP:



Saturday, February 6, 2016

SHREMIVERSARIES: Janet Jackson's "CONTROL" 30th

JANET JACKSON "CONTROL"


RELEASE DATE: 4th February, 1986
LABEL: A&M
PRODUCERS: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson, Monte Moir, Steve Wiese
CHART: US #1, NZ #5, NLD #7, UK #8, CAN #11


SINGLES:

1. "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY" - released 13 January 1986
CHART: UK #3, NLD #3, US #4, AUS #6, CAN #6




2. "NASTY" - released 15 April 1986
CHART: US #3, NLD #5, CAN #8, NZ #8, SWI #8




3. "WHEN I THINK OF YOU" - released 28 July 1986
CHART: US #1, NLD #2, CAN #6, IRL #10, UK #10




4. "CONTROL" - released 21 October 1986
CHART: US #5, NLD #9, NZ #16, CAN #18, BEL #20




5. "LET'S WAIT AWHILE" - released 6 January 1987
CHART: US #2, UK #3, IRL #4, CAN #11, NLD #14




6. "THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE" - released 12 May 1987
CHART: US #14, NLD #15, BEL #17, IRL #23, UK #24




7. "FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES (WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN)" - released 25 November 1987
CHART: IRL #24, UK #59





FAVOURITE NON-SINGLE TRACK:

"HE DOESN'T KNOW I'M ALIVE"




FAVOURITE NON-ALBUM TRACK:

"START ANEW"



FAVOURITE REMIXES:




"THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE (Shep Pettibone's Long Vocal Remix)



"NASTY (Cool Summer Mix Part One)"



Monday, February 1, 2016

Crème de la crème: TOP 20 BEST OF JANUARY 2016

20 (N) "Negroni Eyes" - Wallace (self-released)



19 (N) "Pressure Pressure" - Mona Lazette (Toy Tonics)



18 (N) "People Say" - Seramic (GMF Records)



17 (N) "Diamond Girls" - Guerilla Toss (DFA)



16 (N) "All Night" - SG Lewis feat. Dornik (Jasmine Music/PMR)



15 (N) "Mala" - Maluca (RPM MSC)



14 "Take It To The Top" - LEISURE (self-released)



13 (N) "Out Of Reach" - Annie (Pleasure Masters)



12 (N) "In My Garden" - Invisible Cities feat. Róisín Murphy (Double Drop)



11 (N) "Everything Nice" - Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao (Weird World)



10 (N) "G-T Salong" - Golden Ivy (Music Dreams)



9 (N) "Woman" - Rosie Lowe (Wolf Tone)





8 (N) "Men of Glass" - Sevdaliza feat. Rome Fortune (self-released)



7 (N) "The Hardest Thing To Do" - Tony Primo & Nixxie (Warp)



6 (N) "Overcome" - Laura Mvula feat. Nile Rodgers (Sony)



5 (N) "Love Invaders" - Fatima Yamaha (Magnetron)



4 (N) "Where U Are" - Rina Sawayama (self-released)



3 (N) "Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)" - Kedr Livanskiy (2MR)





2 (N) "Because" - Smerz (self-released)



1 (N) "It Means I Love You" - Jessy Lanza (Hyperdub)



Sunday, January 31, 2016

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "IN MY GARDEN" - Invisible Cities /// "THE HARDEST THING TO DO" -Tony Primo & Nixxie


There were two rather low-key, surprising releases last year where 2 female artists I cherish immensely, got involved in mysterious, collaborative efforts under disguises.

Róisín Murphy provided breathy, sensual vocals for "In The Garden" released by Luca C & Brigante's side project  Invisible Cities. The sublime deep house track leaves the Irish chanteuse uncredited making it a particularly attractive addition to every Róisín Murphy completist's collection.

"The Hardest Thing To Do" was recorded for Ariel Kleiman's debut feature film "Partisan". This 1980's flavoured synth-pop jewel is a joint effort between Joseph Mount from Metronomy and Robyn under the alias Tony Primo & Nixxie. Nostalgic and wonderfully catchy the song sounds like a genuine, lost classic from the era.

Two hidden gems.





Here's "The Hardest Thing To Do" as used in "Partisan":



Friday, January 29, 2016

CHOON OF THE DAY: "WHERE U ARE" - Rina Sawayama


I first became acquainted with Rina Sawayama back in 2013 when she released her exquisite debut single "Sleeping In Waking" (#36 among Top 100 Best Tracks of the Year). Sawayama is a London based Japanese singer, songwriter, producer and... fashion model. She returns with "Where U Are" a delectable ode to the sweetest sounds of the 80's cosmic funk and rare grooves. While that saucy guitar riff at the start of the track resembles Devonté Hynes aka Blood Orange, the track was actually produced by Hoost. Irresistible.



"Where U Are" is set for release alongside "Tunnel Vision" later this year as part of the "Alone Together" EP.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

SHREM'S CLUB BIZARRE INTRODUCING: "IT MEANS I LOVE YOU" - Jessy Lanza


One of the most intriguing Hyperdub acts - Jessy Lanza, returns with the first single announcing her 2nd LP "Oh No" scheduled for 13th May. "It Means I Love You" establishes the Canadian singer's artistic versatility even further, the throbbing composition lies somewhere between the South African Shangaan Electro beats, Olof Dreijer's (The Knife) remixes, minimal electro, the ultra trendy PC music and Lanza's own signature aura of sonic mystery. In comparison with Lanza's cosmic disco affair with Morgan Geist (check out The Galleria's excellent "Calling Card" and "Mezzanine" here) and the electronic soul of "You Never Show Your Love" featuring DJ Spinn & Taso, "It Means I Love You" is a completely different story. I suppose we can begin counting the tunes towards this year's Best of 2016 as of now. Produced by Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan this track is an instant Club Bizarre anthem.