Starters for Ten 2019 – #305: Top Ten 2015 tunes: 191101
Sleaford Mods – Faces to Faces (2015)
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.
Continuing my 31st – my top ten 2015 tunes – here’s Faces to Faces taken from the Sleaford Mods’ “Keymarkets” album
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 #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