MZA and I have swapped Drive shows for this week – you can catch her throwing it down on Wednesday, 4-7pm. Here’s what I played today…
Miniature Tigers – Cannibal Queen
Tiny Masters of Today – Pop Chart
Ruby Suns – Kenya Dig It?
The Roots & Erykah Badu – I Wanna Be Where You Are (MJ cover)
Grizzly Bear – Ready Able (live at Brooklyn Academy Of Music)
Hawaii Five-O – The Speed of Weed
Tommy Ill – Matchsticks
The Rapture – House of Jealous House
Here We Go Magic – Fangela
Belle & Sebastian – Dirty Dream Number Two
Los Campesinos! – We Are All Accelerated Readers
Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For the Others
Enright House – Remember the Stillness
Animal Collective – In the Flowers
Street Beat – One By One (keeponwalkin)
Snowfield – The Shape of a Wolf
Grayson Gilmour – Blood on the Keys
Seth Frightening – The Prince and His Voice Recorder
Basketball Nightmare – Hug your Spirit
Collapsing Cities – …Or So I Said Last Weekend
Bowerbirds – In Our Talons
Bad Sav – Ruiners
Je Suis Animal – Secret Place
Of Montreal – Jimmy (M.I.A cover)
Just as Fat Freddys’ hit debut Based On a True Story was an album drenched with lazy summertime dub inspiring both countless BBQ evenings in the back yard and the pure disdain of one Simon Sweetman, Dr. Boondigga And The Big B.W. is the ‘Drop in winter lockdown mode, proofing against the cold with a maturation period of four years yielding a mix of predominantly soul heavy tracks peppered with embers of jazz, reggae and dub.
DJ Mu has more of a hand in the second outing as witnessed by the increase in synth handiwork alongside retro keyboards in tracks such as Big BW with the reverb laden line dropped amongst supremely slow burning grooves before propping up the madness of Frankenstein-like Shiverman, which at 10 minutes 36 s is prevented from reaching overwrought jam status by possession of a pounding beat, mutating rhythms and a horn- drop to die for.
Boondigga is as smooth as smooth can be, sadly The Raft, is a semi-standard Freddys’ of yore reggae piece that doesn’t quite stand up to the standard of originality posed by the majority of the tracks. Much more satisfaction is derived from the radio-friendly dub of Pull The Catch and the laid back bluesy riffs of FFD guitarist Jetlag Johnson and sultry tones of Alice Russell meld with those of Joe Dukie to perfection to pull out the sun on The Camel.
The Nod is a fiery track to burn away even the dreary aches and chilblains of the frigid south, making up for the downright inane vocals much of which involve cooking in the kitchen (perhaps prepping for a FFD/Food In A Minute crossover?) with a tasty concoction of funky jazz and kooky brass blowouts.
Wild Wind comes across as somewhat of a wasted opportunity, and thankfully Dr. Boondigga clocks out on a high note with Breakthrough beginning with several minutes of ambient noodling before breaking into a euphoria laden FFD classic leaving this reviewer longing for summer to roll around once again..
Approximately 4.4725/5 Stars
I was a bit late for the show, had an exam to do, eek! A big special thanks to Netta for ably taking the reigns.
Grizzly Bear – Foreground (live)
Here We Go Magic – I Just Wanna See You Underwater (for Beth)
Bachelorette – Mind Warp
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – This Love is Fucking Right
DiscoPrince – We Love Katamari Soundtrack
Lullatone – Hello Kitty Makes A Band (wow! Check this out!)
Deerhoof – The Perfect Me
Pop Levi – Dita Dimone
The Mae Shi – Run To Your Grave
Chris Knox & The Nothing – Queer
Favours For Sailors – I Dreamt That I Dreamt That You Loved Me
Beirut – Elephant Gun
This is my last ever show at RDU!! Gosh this makes me sad! I have been on air here since 2005 & have loved every minute of it.
I thought I would play an indulgent hour of songs which define me & my time here at RDU.
Thanks so much for listening, I hope you’ve enjoyed listening as much as I’ve enjoyed giving.
The Roots – The Seed
Lykke Li – I’m Good I’m Gone
Feist – Mushaboom
The Brunettes – Loopy Loopy Love
Interpol – Obstacle 1
The Cinematic Orchestra – Kirwani
The Shins – New Slang
The Pixies – Debaser
St. Vincent – The Strangers
Ziko – Needle in a Haystack
Kings of Leon – Milk
Feist (Van She remix) – 1234
Hello! Exams are scratching at the door, so I played some study-ish music on the show. I also spoke with Nick and Sarah, from Einstein Music Journal, about what kind of music they’re diggin’ at the mo. We played some Mika Miko, and we’ll be chatting on the second Wednesday of each month.
Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine
Sigur Rós – Sé lest
Godspeed You Black Emperor – The Dead Flag Blues
Battles – Tonto
The Enright House – Scattering the Sun Like Gunshot
Dukes of Leisure – Time Must Have A Stop
The Dodos – Ashley
Don’t forget to tune in to Annie’s last Drive show next Monday! I’ll missssss you Annie!