More stuff about the music and stories on this weekâs Melodica.
All the shows are archived on the Chris Coco page at Mixcloud.
Follow Chris Coco on MixcloudTHAT FUZZY FEELING: JAMES BLAKE – LOVE WHAT HAPPENED HERE
Blake, back to R&S, the home of CMYK, surely one of his finest moments. This could turn out to be another classic. Love What Happened Here is joyful, hooky, wonky r&b.
PILLOW TALK VS MAYER HAWTHORNE
A bootie match made in heaven. Slo-mo disco stars and Melodica favourites Pillow Talk do good things to Mayer Hawthorne’s The Makings Of A Lover, turning it into an early doors and late bar sure shot for the new year.
THE CURSE OF SOFT ROCKS
Soft Rocks, the quintet of crate digging edit kings from Brighton get original on their first proper album that is, as they used to say at school, all their own work. In their press release they bewail a time when âany laptop-savvy poseur can upload their bland nu-disco or faux-Chi-house directly to the cesspool of digitally downloadable fodder,â forgetting to mention that that is exactly what some people would say they have been doing for the past few years.
The album is a mix of styles that often sound like edits, in a good way. The standout track for me is the beautifully mellow, jazzy Wicker Man featuring Kathy Diamond on vocals.
Kurt Wagner and his band Lambchop are back in the limelight in February with the release of a new album simply entitled Mr M. The preview track, If Not I’ll Just Die, shows all the wit and panache we have come to expect from a man who has mastered the art of turning banal comments about the weather and his dogs into poignant and beautiful observational songs.