The fifth instalment of 'Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures' comes, once again, from Smashed Vinyl's magnificent Jess Lynch. She has tunnelled down into the deepest depths of music's past and found a whole host of shiny treasures for you all to this week.
An 80's no wave, dance-punk and post-disco band from New York that everyone should've known about. You've probably heard their music without realising it if you've heard Melle Mel's 1983 hip-hop classic, White Lines, as the iconic bass riff is actually taken from the Liquid Liquid track Cavern. Unfortunately this was what destroyed Liquid Liquid's label, 99, after a lengthy court case trying to prove that their work had been ripped-off, leaving them bankrupt. Consisting of Richard McGuire on bass, Sal Principato on vocals and percussion, Dennis Young on marimba, and Scott Hartley on drums, Liquid Liquid combined a wide range of sounds and melodies to create quite the racket. McGuire's bass is definitely a prominent component in their sound, building the road for the rest of the band to follow, which they do in hops, skips and jumps. Principato's vocals are hugely versatile and are more like some kind of ancient chant. It's music that you can't help at least tapping your foot to if not losing yourself completely in some sort of voodoo tribal dance...
Snarly, bold and dynamic are only a few ways that you could describe the sound of 21 year old Londoner Georgia Barnes. With the same sweet sincerity in her voice as Robyn but with the punchy and sharpness of M.I.A, Barnes is creating something completely natural and pure in her self titled debut album which came out in 2015. Inspired by a mixture of Balinese Gamelan and Death Grips, along with her own unique and fierce style, came the song Move Systems, a truly impressive statement piece. Her lyrics are heartfelt and personal, similar to the work of Kate Tempest (who is a good friend of Georgia's). This can be heard in tracks such as Heart Wrecking Animals and Be Ache which is about her struggle through her parents divorce. It's not tainted, it's not pretentious. It's real, it's honest.
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The creation of Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. TWOD's work has an extremely clean cut, distinctive and finished sound without it appearing too commercial. Their music is incredibly chilled out, perfect to listen to whilst lounging out in the sun. Whilst Vile left the band shortly after their 2008 release Wagonwheel Blues to work on his solo career, the band now consists of members Granduciel on vocals and guitar, David Hartley on bass, Robbie Bennett on keyboard, Charlie Hall on drums, Jon Natchez on saxophone and keyboard and Anthony LaMarca on guitar. Each element of this band compliments and supports the foundation, creating a sturdy and powerful atmosphere in their music. TWOD sound like a lost band of the 80's and as a fan of Bob Dylan, you can definitely hear the influence in Granduiel's vocals. Perhaps this is what could've been if Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd collaborated together. Enjoy this dreamy music whilst the sun's still out!