EL’S RECORD OF THE WEEK
Written by El on June 16, 2009
EL’S SINGLE OF THE WEEK
THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE – CHILDREN OF THE SUN
Richard Norris, one half of Saturday Morning Breakfast Show favourites Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (which he formed with Erol Alkan) and The Grid, has a newish project called The Time and Space Machine. Following a rare as hens teeth vinyl-only album release last year, he has finally released his first single, on 7 inch vinyl, called Children Of The Sun – a blissed out psychedelic mix of dreamy vocals driven by a hypnotic krautrock beat that manages to combine Primal Scream and Neu! with the sort of feeling you get when you realise that you’ve just fallen in love with the girl who works in the trouser shop. (Or something). The single is released on July 6th, but you can hear it first on The Saturday Morning Breakfast Show.
PREVIOUS SINGLES OF THE WEEK
GOD HELP THE GIRL – FUNNY LITTLE FROG
Funny Little Frog is the 2nd single by God Help The Girl, the side project put together by Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch. The first single, Come Monday Night, was single of the week even before we did Single Of The Week. The current single, a cover of a previous single by Belle and Sebastian from their album The Life Pursuit, is a classy, soulful example of Murdoch’s songmanship, featuring vocals by Britany Stallings, orchestra and brass, and overall, a precious feeling of enchantment that makes you yearn for someone to love (and if you have someone to love already, then it makes you want to sing this song to them using your favourite hairbrush). If you get in quick it’s available as a free download from www.godhelpthegirl.com Also, be sure to check out the videos on You Tube – they’ll make you feel as if you’ve stumbled across something deceptively special that will put a smile on your face for the rest of the week.
MIDDX – GOT ME GOING
Only three people know who Middx is, and I ain’t one of them, but this excellent single from laptop/bedroom producer Middx, officially my favourite record ever for, ooh, days nows, is a radiant mix of a sweet soul sample and tuneful glitchiness reminiscent of The Avalanches or The Go! Team on a really good day. Only available on 7 inch vinyl, catch it on the Saturday Morning Breakfast Show or check out the video on You Tube.
POPPY AND THE JEZEBELS – RHUBARB AND CUSTARD
3rd single from devastingly cool all-girl indie-pop band Poppy and The Jezebels. They formed as 14 year olds and released their first album while still at school. Their previous single UFO is a regular on the Saturday Morning Breakfast Show playlist, but this single, released on 7 inch vinyl or a download from their website, is clever, intriguing and funny and makes me want to be 17 again – which would still probably make me older than them. Imagine Lily Allen produced by Joe Meek and that will give you an idea of where they’re coming from.