I went in to my favourite local record shop last week to have a flick through some of the ‘Summer Clear-out’ bargains on show and to pick up a gig ticket and couldn’t help notice that it looked more like a closing down sale than a stock refresh. I saw all the posters had been ripped off the walls and the place felt, well, temporary I suppose. I thought that it couldn’t be the case and didn’t have the courage to go and ask the staff in case I was right. As I left I stopped and glanced back at the shop window: “Still Independent, Still #1” it said. Surely the #1 record shop in Brighton wouldn’t be closing, right? The rubbish ones would go first.
Well, sad news yesterday on the mailout read as follows:
I’ll lament its passing as I won’t be able to call in, browse, listen, ask or pickup a new album anymore. I suspect many others won’t as they are happy buying from amazon (£7bn sales, no UK corporation tax) [http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/amazon-british-operation-corporation-tax] or just downloading/iTunes. Perhaps that is the way of the world. Or perhaps I’m going to have to go to Resident now and suffer their ridiculously positive reviews on the front of everything.
So why not head down this week and pick up a new album and give them one last send-off. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Statement Of Intent – DJ Format
Local-boy DJ Format’s new album is a very welcome chunk of funky hip-hop that also spreads out into instrumental and darker areas at times. Joined by Sureshot La Rock, Edan, The Nostalgia 77 Quintet and others (including himself – long story) there are moments reminiscent of his first album and Abdominal (I’m thinking of ‘Dope Pusher’ off this and ‘The Hit Song’ from his first, musically and lyrically) and also some early DJ Shadow and Portishead (‘Copper Canyons’) and there’s a loop near the end of the album which just won’t get out of my head! (‘Mr DJ’). Check it out!
Also, check out a vodcast of his work with ‘The Simonsound’: http://www.djformat.com/solid-steel-podcast-by-dj-format-the-simonsound-2010/
In Our Heads – Hot Chip
Some more great tunes on the new Hot Chip album, especially the single ‘Night And Day’. The second song actually reminds me of Flight Of The Conchords and perhaps that’s a good overall mood for the album – happy, fun, disco-ey, dancey. Listen to the first (‘Motion SIckness’) and the seventh (‘Flutes’) to see if this one’s for you.