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Retro-Loop: Journey Of Dreams

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We begin another edition of our retro-loop, the section we dedicate to our favourite not new music, led by Morphine. One of our favorite bands from the 90s, their career came to a tragic end with the dead of their frontman Mark Sandman. Their story is the subject of a new documentary called “Morphine: Journey Of Dreams”.

Our brand new retro loop also features songs from classic albums celebrating their respective birthdays by Cocteau Twins; Garbage; The Velvet Underground; etc. Highlights from notable reissues and anthologies by, among others, Swans; Neko Case; Harmonia; Beat Happening; Sonic Youth; Van Morrison; Los Planetas; Mogwai; Earth, Wind & Fire & Lush, whose reunion is likely to be one of next year’s festival circuit sensations; plus recent discoveries from the likes of Joanna Billing; Visitors; Patrick Cowley; Clarence G or The Feelies.

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Retro-Loop: Songs From The London Film Festival

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The section in which we remember our favourite not new music is dedicated this week to the, still warm, musical memories brought by the films shown at the London Film Festival.

A fantastic programme comprising around 240 films was always going to be a good occasion for soundtracks to shine and this year has been no exception. Excellent work from Nicolas Jaar in Jacques Audiard’ Cannes Palm D’or winner ‘Dheepan’; Nils Frahm in the German thriller ‘Victoria’; Junkie XL adding a touch of the contemporary to gangster biopic ‘Black Mass’; Carter Burwell evocative score for ‘Carol’ or Michael Brook’s charming work in “Brooklyn” stood out; all of which new and soon to be getting the attention they deserve.

Among the songs from the past rescued by this year’s films we found terrific renditions of such classics as the Rolling Stones ‘Emotional Rescue’ by Ralph Fiennes in “A Bigger Splash’; Olivia Colman & Garry Mountaine in a deadpan karaoke performance of Gene Pitney’s ‘Something’s gotten hold of my heart’ for ‘The Lobster’ or Jennifer Jason Leigh doing an acoustic take in English and Italian of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls just want to have fun’ as part of Charlie Kauffman’s animated masterpiece ‘Anomalisa’, this edition’s surprise film.

Elsewhere songs by Billie Holiday; Mark Kozelek; The Fall; Tindersticks; Dead Kennedys ; Sparks or Songhoy Blues, as well as a terrific, yet to be released cover of Abba’s ‘S.O.S’ by Bristol finest Portishead, also grabbed our attention.

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‘Hounds Of Love’ 30th Bday leads our Retro-Loop

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Kate Bush‘s landmark album ‘Hounds Of Love’ is 30 years old this week. To celelebrate it, we have picked one of its lesser known tracks to head the newest edition of the retro-loop, our look at those reissues, compilations, soundtracks and treasures from yester-year that have been recently brought back to our attention.

Recent film releases such as Dope, Truman Capote’s In Cool Blood, How To Change The World or The Belier family have delivered some sonic treats with tracks by the likes of Digable Planets; Quincy Jones; Canned Heat or Michel Sardou being part of their correspondent soundtracks. Elsewhere, Sony announced the purchase of Van Morrison‘s back catalogue, Nils Frahm has dusted some obscure gems curating the latest ‘Late Night Tales’ volume; Tracey Thorn compiled her solo output and Colombia’s vintage mix of local folklore, pop and African influences has been nicely put together in a Big Box Of Afrosound; plus a lot of vinyl reissues flooding our record shops this fortnight, among the most interesting ones classic records by The Gun Club; Angie Stone; The Beat Band; McCarthy…

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Françoise Hardy’s Albums Lead Retro-Loop

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The reissue of five classic vinyls by Françoise Hardy heads the second edition of the retro-loop, our current selection of catalogue discoveries and treasures from the vaults.

Also featured this time, newly rediscovered tracks by Doug Hream Blunt; Brian Eno; Fugazi; The Moody Blues; Pere Ubu; The Isley Brothers; Young Marble Giants; Heavenly; Rita Pavone and a forgotten gem from the glory days of Eurodisco by Mistral, as featured in our latest spotify playlist Sci-Fi Seventies, which you can subscribe or listen to here

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Pavement’s Secret History Heads Our First Retro-Loop

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With the adoption of streaming as the industry’s new method for commercializing music and the significant changes on the way we consume it that entails, the playlist seems to be now the format of choice and new and old music are nearly on par when it comes to delivery. That’s why we begin this new section to highlight our recent musical discoveries or rediscoveries from the vaults. Either part of one of those playlists; synced on a film’s soundtrack; included on a compilation; reissued on vinyl or in any of the multiple “deluxe” editions available in the market; unearthed by the artist or simply bumped into by luck, here’s our list of music gems recently rescued from the past.

Nineties alternative kings Pavement top our first Retro-Loop with “Sue Me Jack”, one of the rarities included in “The Secret History, Vol. 1” compilation. Other recent revisited acts also featured are AFX; Lizzie Mercier Descloux; Jackson C. Frank; Mark Lanegan; The Replacements; Tim Maia and a dark Four Tet club classic sampling Cheryl Cole and Ellie Goulding.

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