The ’59 2018 #247: 180904
Massive Attack – Mezzanine (1998)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 40 – 1998.
Mezzanine was Massive Attack’s third studio, released on 20 April 1998 by Circa and Virgin Records. It was the first album produced by Neil Davidge.
For legal reasons. the album was first made available as a legal download from the band’s website prior to its hard copy release.
Mezzanine topped the charts in the UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, becoming the group’s most commercially successful album to date. It spawned four singles: “Risingson”, “Teardrop”, “Angel”, and “Inertia Creeps”
The ’59 2018 #141: 180521
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (1981)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 23 – 1981.
Nightclubbing was the fifth studio album by Jamaican singer Grace Jones, released on 11 May 1981 by Island Records. Recorded at Compass Point Studios with producers Alex Sadkin and Island Records’ president Chris Blackwell, as well as a team of session musicians rooted by rhythm section Sly & Robbie, the album marked her second foray into a new wave style that blends a variety of genres, including reggae, art pop, dub, synth-pop and funk. The album is a mixture of cover versions from artists including Bill Withers, Iggy Pop and Astor Piazzolla, and original songs, three of which were co-written by Jones.
It album received positive reviews upon its release and continues to be praised by critics, with reviewers commending the singer’s unique sound and organic fusion of genres. The album entered in the top 10 in five countries, and became Jones’ highest-ranking record on the US Billboard mainstream albums and R&B charts.
Six singles were released from the album, including the hits “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”.
The Epic 2017 Project #238: 170826
Quantic Soul Orchestra – Stampede (2003)
Always nice to feature some local flavour on JemTunes. So here’s a bit of Quantic from Brighton.
The Quantic Soul Orchestra is a live band project of musician and DJ, Will Holland. Holland has recorded under several names, but the most notable is Quantic. The Should Orchestra was his first collaborative project, and ‘Stampede, the first studio album, released on Tru Thoughts in 2003.
The band’s line-up changes from album to album, with sometime members including Holland’s sister, saxophonist Lucy Holland, his Limp Twins collaborator Russ Porter and former Hardkandy member Simon Little. Will Holland plays guitar and bass, and performs some of the percussion.
Their music focuses on reviving a dusty funk and jazz sound. They are signed to the Tru Thoughts label and have released four albums to date as well as a collaborative album with renowned funk and soul artist Spanky Wilson.
Holland is now based in Columbia.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #129: 160508
[Song from the last album purchased]
We caught Afrikan Boy at Brighton’s Green Door Store a couple of weekend’s back, admirably supported by our very own Mok (the band my daughter’s the lead singer with). This is from his 2014 album ‘ABCD’ which I purchased from the Merchman on the night.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #53: 160222
[A noughties song (2)]
A collaboration between Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green and taken from their 2006 debut album ‘St. Elsewhere’, “Crazy” was Gnarls Barkley’s debut single. The song was leaked in late 2005, months before its regular release, and consequently received massive airplay on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom, most notably by radio DJ Zane Lowe, who also used the song in television commercials for his radio show. When it was finally released in March 2006, it became the first single to top the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone.
As soon as it hit the shelves back in April 2003, the album was greeted by a wealth of fervent accolades from the music press, club and radio DJs alike. Joined by an 11-strong band of supremely talented musicians, Will & Co belt out their very own electrifying brand of funk, soul, jazz and afro-beat. Three of the album’s ten tracks are voiced by Alice Russell, who first appeared alongside Will on his second Quantic LP. Of these, a breathtaking cover of 4Hero’s ‘Hold It Down’ remains a highlight in the QSO’s repertoire to this day. ‘Stampede’ also includes a new vocal version of crowd pleaser ‘Super 8’ featuring Jon Hughes. (http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk)
‘Putting something back’ is how Will Holland described the reason for starting the Quantic Soul Orchestra, a live project – strictly no samples allowed. (From album sleeve notes)
It’s one of my faves – but you should make up your own minds. Here’s a starter for ten…
Full track listing
- Raw ingredients
- Walking through tomorrow (super 8 part 3)
- South Coastin
- Something that’s real
- Hold it down
- Take your time, change your mind