Starters for Ten 2019 – #260: Top Ten 2016 tunes: 190917
Son of Dave – Pump up the jam (2016)
Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.
Concluding my 26th top ten then – featuring my top ten 2016 tunes – here’s Son of Dave’s cover of the 1989 Technotronic hit Pump up the jam taken from his April 2016 release ‘Explosive Hits’
The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
 Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
 Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
 Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
 Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
 Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
 Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
 Mar 2-11: Top Ten Live Tracks
 Mar 12-21: Top Ten Classical pieces
 Mar 22-31: Top Ten Soul tracks
 April 1-10: Top Ten Classic Rock tracks
 April 11-20: Top Ten ‘Ten Years After’ numbers
 April 12-30: Top Ten ‘Talking Heads’ tracks
 May 1-10: Top Ten Punk Anthems
 May 11-20: Top Ten Rock numbers
 May 21-30: Top Ten Boogie tracks
 May 31-June 9: Top Ten Lurve songs
 June 10-19: Top Ten Driving Tracks
 June 20-29: Top Ten Britpop/invasion tracks
 June 30-July 9: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers
 July 10-19: Top Ten 2018 tunes
 July 20-29: Top Ten Sunday Morning tracks
 July 30-August 8: Top Ten Fleetwood Mac tracks
 August 9-18: Top Ten 2017 tunes
 August 19-28: Top Ten Saturday night numbers
 August 29-September 7: Top Ten ZZ Top tracks
 September 8-17: Top Ten 2016 tunes
 September 18-27: Top Ten 1960’s numbers
The 59 2018 #347: 181213
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special (2015)
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. Today we’ve reached year 57 – 2015.
Dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse and released in January 2015, Uptown Special was the fourth and final studio album from record producer and DJ, Mark Ronson.
It became Ronson’s first number one on the UK Albums Chart (with his previous two albums charting at number two), and reached number two on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and number five on the US Billboard 200.
The lead single – “Uptown Funk” – had its beginning out of a jam in Bruno’s studio in LA with Mars drumming, Jeff Bhasker on synths and Ronson on bass. After they got the basic groove, Philip Lawrence joined and they wrote the lyrics to the first verse. They finished the song in Toronto, six months later. It rose to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart, marking Ronson’s first number one song as an artist and producer; as well as peaking at No.1 on the Irish Singles Chart and the Billboard 100.
The ’59 2018 #268: 180925
Underworld – A hundred days off (2002)
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. Today we’ve reached year 44 – 2002.
A Hundred Days Off was Underworld’s sixth, released in September 2002.
It produced two UK Singles Chart entries: “Two Months Off”, which reached no. 12 and “Dinosaur Adventure 3D”, which reached no. 34.
Although this was the first album since Darren Emerson’s departure from the group in 2001, the album is not a huge stylistic makeover as the main focus of the band is still trance, techno and house, although without the beats that defined 1999’s ‘Beaucoup Fish’.
Generally positive reviews from music critics followed its release. NME gave it 8/10 describing it as…
Their best album since their Dubnobasswithmyheadman debut, Karl and Rick have pulled off a comeback in fine style and laid some demons to rest. Underworld prove that you’re only as old as the technology you use”.
Stateside, Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying that…
The beauty of A Hundred Days Off is that it pumps and churns so suggestively; it somehow evokes the blues of the otherwise successful modern man, who goes out every night and dances alone in his head.
‘A Hundred Days Off’ rose to No.16 on the UK Albums Charts and No. 122 on the US Billboard 200.
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 Epic 2017 Project #256: 170913
Red Snapper – Making Bones (1998)
Red Snapper was founded in London in 1993 by Ali Friend (double bass), Richard Thair (drums), and David Ayers (guitar). The three core members are also joined by various guest musicians and vocalists on different records. Since the 2007 reunion Tom Challenger (saxophone) has also been a member of the band. Music journalist Jason Ankeny of Allmusic characterises their sound…
the British acid jazz trio [are] notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic instruments and electronic textures
Making Bones was their second studio album released in 1998. For this one they were joined by jungle MC Det, Byron Wallen the jazz trumpeter and singer Alison David.
Here’s ‘The sleepless’
The Epic 2017 Project #244: 170901
Rag & Bone Man – Wolves (2014)
More home-grown wonderfulness. Rag n Bone man hails from Sussex too.
The Epic 2017 Project #229: 170817
Plan B – Who needs actions when you got words (2006)
OK you lucky lot. Today you’re getting eight episodes of ‘Epic’ all on the same day; essentially because I’m away for a week with no possibility of updating blogs etc.
The penultimate offering (that for Thursday 17 August) is ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’, the debut studio album released by British rapper and songwriter Plan B from June 2006. The album was recorded with producers such as Fraser T Smith, Paul Epworth, The Earlies and The Nextmen. The title of the album derives from a line in the Meat Puppets song “Plateau”, famously covered by Nirvana on their album MTV Unplugged in New York.
The Epic 2017 Project #081: 170322
Fatboy Slim – Palookaville (2004)
Good to have some local flavour in this series. So here’s one from Fatboy Slim who technically lives in Shoreham. I say technically because his house is in ‘millionaires row’ on the beach at the eastern end of Shoreham Harbour – some 5-6 miles from Shoreham town itself. However, he’s still a local boy.
Palookaville was his fourth studio album released on 4 October 2004, approximately four years after the previous one. Football club Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. temporarily named their Withdean Stadium after it following their sponsorship deal with Skint Records. The album was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
The Epic 2017 Project #078: 170319
Faithless = Forever faithless (2005)
Not an album as such – but a greatest hits. Still counts though. Still good.
Here’s Mass Destruction…