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…
The Epic 2017 Project #057: 170226
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue in cheek (2009)
The release of Dizzee Rascal’s 4th studio album was announced on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross when, in an interview, Rascal revealed details including track information and production. He confirmed in an interview on Radio 1 that he was leaving his grime roots behind, in favour of more mainstream pop music.
On 23 May 2009, Calvin Harris revealed on his Twitter that he was producing a Dizzee track. At the Evolution Festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he confirmed that there would be two new singles from the album called “Road Rage” and “Dirtee Cash”. Dirtee Cash heavily samples The Adventures of Stevie V song “Dirty Cash.” Samples are also used on “Can’t Tek No More” (“Warrior’s Charge” by Aswad from the film Babylon) and “Chillin’ Wiv da Man Dem” (“Oh Honey” by Delegation).
In early August the track listing was confirmed in a preview of the album by music website NME.
Notably, Rascal designed a Nike-distributed Tongue n’ Cheek shoe, to be in released at the same time as the album. The proceeds from these shoes going to Tower Hamlets Summer University of which Rascal is a patron