Riff Raff Films Partner and Sales EP with a whopping 27-track playlist complete with ear-opening explanations for each
Hello there LBB.
Thanks for letting me compile some musical treats for your earholes. A lot harder than I thought, picking music, or maybe it’s because I’m high all the time. Or maybe it’s because I’m a bit dim. It’s ended up being a coagulation of old and new - tracks I love, some I don’t listen to often enough, some that I think others should hear and others I’ve had recommended to me by people I care about. I’ve tried to keep it eclectic rather than spiraling into a kraut-psych freakout, which is natural default. It’s also 27 tracks long (ooo spooky). Sorry.
1. Adventures of Robinson Crusoe / Robert Mellin
It’s Sunday morning, your eyes are blurry, your brain finding its tiny little brain feet - it’s a soother.
2. Street Song (Grassenhauer) / Carl Orff
Just because. It’s enchanting and deep and it makes me feel fragile and strong at the same time.
3. Don’t You Know / Jan Hammer Group
There’s an extended version that I can’t find on Spotify. If you can extend a track like this, then you should – here it is from youtoob.
4. Fly Like an Eagle / Steve Miller Band
In my top ten favourite tracks. Wistful, psychedelic and ethereal - a great road trip tune.
5. I Want More / Can
Because don’t we all.
6. Burning down the House / Talking Heads
Quite possibly my favourite band of all time. Though an obvious choice, it reminds me of one Christmas as a kid when my alcoholic Uncle Terry was cavorting on a glass-topped coffee table screaming his little lungs out with a roll up in his mouth. He had an astonishing operatic voice for a guy of 5”3. He fell backwards through the table in a cacophonous fashion, only to jump straight back up as if nothing had happened and carry on being a loon. Everyone just left him to it. He was a mentalist, god rest his soul. If you haven’t seen the Stop Making Sense film then you should stop what you are doing and watch it immediately.
7. Voil AF 015 / Casino Music
This is on a compilation of French Synth wave I picked up randomly, well worth a listen if you like that kind of thing – BIPPP FRENCH SYNTH WAVE 79 – 85.
8. Instrument / SUUNS
Just bought this album, it’s filth.
9. A Forest / The Cure
I like Forests. I like the bass line.
10. Body and Soul / William Onyeabor
He’s a natty Nigerian musician. This track is from 1978. It’s funk, soul, electro all in one and just feels like a really jammy bibble.
11. Barabajagal / Donovan
Often twee and saccharin, he also has his hippy-trippy side, and I like that part of him. Love is Hot.
Another top ten track. I first heard this when I was about twelve whilst watching Quadrophenia for the first time. Leslie Ash.
14. Reqiuem pour on Con / Serge Gainsbourg
He is a demi god.
15. Walking Razor / Phil Pratt
My good friend from Jersey, Christopher Wackrow Esq turned me onto this album recently, it’s called “Dial M for Murder” and it’s a treat for anyone who likes dub up their face.
16. Gone and Passes by / The Chocolate Watch Band
My buddy and insane muso, Adam Bishop lent me this album. I just love the percussive nature of this record.
17. Beneath the Black and Purple / Morgan Delt
Contemporary Californian psych monster. The production is killer.
18. Kid you’ll move Mountains / Caribou
I prefer his older stuff and the music he made under the Manitoba moniker. This is a soulful, anthem(ic) romp of a song.
19. Tomorrow Never Knows / The Beatles
Just Wow. Them at their swirly-faced, acid-dripping best.
20. Losing my Edge / LCD Soundsystem
Big party record for me when I lived in NYC. Good memories, albeit cloudy and disjointed. Clever boy that James Murphy.
21. E.V.A / Jean Jaques Perry
More French stuff. 1970 - Love the Moog vibe. It’s been sampled to death by hip-hop artists and most notably by Fat Boys Chin, or whatever his name is. You can also find it on a compilation called “Cosmic Machine” which is worth some time.
22. Castles Made of Sand / Jimi Hendrix
Without doubt my best-loved Hendrix record, it just needed to be in here (27).
I would never have kicked his sandcastles over.
23. Marquee Moon / Television
Television make a da good muzak for radio.
24. In Every Dream Home a Heartache / Roxy Music
If you break it down simply, it’s basically Bryan Ferry being dirty and having sex with an inflatable woman in a swimming pool. I respect his openness and in some ways I’m quite jealous, he’s clearly having a good time. It ends with a glorious break.
25. The Four Hoursmen / Aphrodites Child
I think this is the song I will hear as I transcend to another world.
26. Hallo Gallo / NEU!
Krauty come down track. Sublime.
27. Dawn Harmonix / Kandodo
Another friend recommend. My buddy Phil Adams who works at Rough Trade suggested this minimal psych album. It’s all based around the band’s experience in the desert and the animals they encountered. You should look for Phil in Rough Trade and ask questions – he’s the one that looks like Serge Gainsbourg, only he’s from Sheffield.
Barney Richard is Partner and Sales EP at Riff Raff Films