October 3rd Mixtape
How can I follow in the footsteps of Dan Thompson’s guest mixtape last week? I can but give it my best shot and bat the pressure away like the summer seems to be ignoring its October. The leaves are metal browns and rusting on the floor and I’m stepping over conkers when I leave my flat. Strange days but I shall plod on with all the Autumnal excitement I have planned. Jarvis Cocker releases his first book this month which I’m dizzily excited about, more live reviews for Flush The Fashion lined up (TBR), chilly walks along the Thames, Wu Lyf at Shepherds Bush Empire and as soon as the weather pipes down I can dust off the knitwear and read graphic novels in Soho coffee shops.
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1. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heatwave (my parents swanned off to Ibiza last week. It’s raining there. It’s roasting here. My mum will have tons of books to read, I think my Dad would have packed Shredded Wheat. This is for them).
2. Belafonte – Jump In The Line (most of you will know this track from Beetlejuice, at least those of you around my age. They played this song in The Good Ship, Kilburn, in the early hours of Sunday morning. I was just beginning to flag but this got the boy and I back up dancing…probably quite badly. I vaguely remember us bumping hips a lot).
3. The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong (I worshipped Chrissie Hynde when I was a kid. This song was on the first ever album I owned, the compilation Hits 5! It’s a song I always turn to when I need to pick myself up, lift my spirits. The lyric “I might be great tomorrow, but hopeless yesterday” always makes me grin from ear to ear.).
4. CSS – Red Alert (Have been slow to play their new album, I’m always a little fearful that nothing will live up to their first single, Let’s make love and listen to death from above. This has sort of jammed in my brain quite nicely though, and Lovefoxxx is a sexy musical ball of energy).
5. Moloko – The Time Is Now (another track that always makes me think anything is possible, destiny/fate/hard work and slogging it out will get me where I need to be. I once heard someone describe Roisin Murphy’s vocals as “a voice you’d want to f**k”, I don’t have the words to better that & I’m not sure what it says about me that I understand what they’re saying perfectly).
6. The Go! Team – Grip Like A Vice (Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury I was in a sorry state. Actually that doesn’t quite cover it. I felt like weeping, my head felt like someone had emptied month old bin bags into it, nothing tasted right. I was laying on the floor when The Go! Team came on and I jumped to my feet. They gave me my second wind when I most needed it).
7. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (I point-blank refuse to belive there’s anyone out there that doesn’t love this song. It’s a love song for boys and that makes it the most romantic song in the world to me. Chaps if you ever need to pull a massive apology out of the bag to win back someone you love this will win).
8. The Housemartins – Happy Hour (I know members of The Housemartins went on to achieve great success with their musical projects after they disbanded, but even if you put all of that material together, times it by a million, it still does not beat this track. In all my years on sticky indie dancefloors I’ve never heard it played enough so I have to copy their dancing in my bedroom).
9. Kate Bush – The Big Sky (My favourite female artist. I always remember a drunken night with my best friend and a boy named Jodie who had ended up crashing at my old flat in Holloway. We stayed up all night listening to her whole back catalogue on vinyl. No such thing as a Kate Bush overdose).
10. Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready (Feels a bit disjointed to be ending an upbeat mixtape on this track but its stuck to me like a limpet this week, 6 music have been giving this a lot of air play which could explain why. It’s just such a beautiful track and the tone of his voice feels like a heartfelt sigh. Stunning).