Fresh from the Source

Source FM's Karl Phillips shares some choice cuts from the best new releases sent in for his popular Random Jukebox show.

By: Jon Denham,   3 minutes

Strike Magazine Mixtape Issue 2


  1. Mercury Rev – Sermon ft. Margo Price (Bella Union)

The first single from their reworking of Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete. Let’s hope it’s all as good as this.

  1. Twin Talk – The Sky Never Ends (People)

Bon Iver aren’t the only fans of this Chicago trio, and this first single off the forthcoming Weaver proves that the jazz revival doesn’t belong to London only.

  1. Lola Kirke – Monster (Downtown Records)

Actress/musician Kirke offers up the opening track from her Heart Head West album as a single and highly cinematic video. Making country music cool again (wasn’t it always?)

  1. Kokoko! – Azo Toke (Transgressive)

This Kinhasa, DRC outfit play groundbreaking music on tin cans, plastic tubs and a typewriter. Check out the RA Sessions and We are Kokoko! online to get the full visual experience.

  1. Orchestre Abass – Ekule Nugble Nu (Analog Africa)

The ever-reliable Analog Africa sign off 2018 with a limited edition vinyl release from Togo’s funkiest band. The six tracks, discovered in a warehouse and dating back to 1972, include the hard to find Honam.

  1. Babau Fam – Horse Latitudes (Gang of Ducks)

Paradisia V marks five years in the business for the Gang of Ducks collective, here represented by some out-there dub courtesy of label newcomers Babau Fam.

  1. Boy Azooga – Do the Standing Still (Heavenly Records)

New material from the Cardiff popsters with a cover of The Tables’ (also from Cardiff) 1977 single. Hard to do the standing still dance when a song’s this much fun.

  1. The Orielles – It Makes You Forget(itgehane) (Heavenly Records)

The B-side to a forthcoming single, this Peggy Gou cover adds a layer of 1980s-style funk, lending it alt-dancefloor appeal.

  1. Hugo Massien – Everything we call real (is made up of things that cannot be regarded as real)(North Side Vibe Committee)

As is often the case, the long title is masking a rather pleasant Orb-like chill out track with lyrics by Charles Bukowski.

  1. Kid Sublime – The Mandrill ft Han Litz (Jazzy Sport)

The release date for this limited edition vinyl pack is still tbc but expect soul, jazz, latin and more from the former Kindred Spirits artist. And dig that flute!

  1. Kathi Barker – Fa La La (RFX Edit) (Fantastic Voyage )

The 1979 original is pretty timeless in itself but this re-edit lends a touch of polish without overdoing it; the four other cuts are equally good.

  1. Ekiti Sound – Area 10k Boys Riddim (Queen Nanny)

It’s all been about Africa for me this year, and here the Lagos boys deliver a wild bass-driven raver.

  1. Jackie Charles – Birthday Song (Mothermorning)

Not much to say but trivia fans might be amused to know that Kaja Bremmes’ alter-ego recorded this short and sweet indie-pop number at Rudi Schenker’s mansion. Big in Europe.

  1. Farai – This is England (Big Dada)

Having accidentally stumbled upon Farai a year ago I’m excited by the strength of this album taster and flip-side to current release Punk Champagne. Minimal in the same way that all the best rock’n’roll is (think Alan Vega and Martin Rev’s Suicide), this is a prime example of less is more. January bound release National Gangsters sounds equally promising.

  1. Refree – Cuando Salga el Sol (Taktil)

Full name Raül Refree and proponent of the ‘new flamenco’ movement utilising samples and electronica alongside electric guitar (he’s equally at home playing on and co-producing Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth).

  1. Eumir Deodata / Os Catedraticos – Os Grilos (Far Out)

This cracking version of the classic Crickets Sing for Anamaria from a pre-dancefloor fame Deodata comes from the hard to find but now reissued Ataque.

  1. Gruff Rhys – Limited Edition Heart (Rough Trade)

Former Super Furry Animals frontman’s second single with requisite hooks from the rather groovy Babelsong album.

  1. Joe Malinga & Southern African Force – IT Twenty Five (BBE)

I’ve only heard the sampler but that’s enough to confirm that Jean-Claude and Victor Kiswell’s If Music Presents: You Need This – World Jazz Grooves compilation is going to be an all-round winner. Joe Malinga’s closing track sits nicely alongside The Creator Has a Masterplan.

  1. Deerhunter – Death in Midsummer (4AD)

The label’s changed somewhat since the days of the Cocteaus et al but that doesn’t detract from the opening track to the indie-rockers forthcoming album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

  1. Nico Casal – Ready to Talk (Point of Departure)

And relax. Spanish soundtrack composer Casal closes this bi-monthly mix with a debut of his own solo piano work.

Karl Phillips presents the Random Jukebox radio show on Source 96.1FM, every Sunday evening between 9.30-11.30. Source FM is a not-for-profit community station located in Falmouth and Penryn, Cornwall, and actively supports voices under-represented by traditional media. Get in touch via [email protected]

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