Well. I bet you weren’t expecting this. While doing a spot of music research for the next Listen Outside radio shows over on Radio Six (Christmas specials!) I happened upon this and sat, listening, rapt for the whole hour.
This is the incidental music from a TV series called ‘Star Maidens’ or ‘Die Mädchen aus dem Weltraum’ which ran for 13 wild episodes in 1976. It is astonishingly groovy. The German language spoken word interludes and the lithe synths combine to illustrate the sexy, role-reversed retro-future that we used to look forward to.
The composer, Berry Lipman, has a discography stuffed with the sounds of shagpile and polyester shirts. Sadly, this seems to be his only TV compositional work. Imagine what the man could have done to late 1970’s Doctor Who?
Make yourself a gross 1970s cocktail (snowball? something with creme de menthe?) and enjoy this album. Especially Sex World, the greatest Bond theme never to have bonded.
Like a jazz Goldfrapp, like a swing Human League, it’s Mydy Rabycad from Prague. They’re superb on record, and if the live videos are anything to go by, they’re a heck of a party. Yellow is their latest single, which is a bit more blues-inflected than their previous album Glamtronic. Give them a listen and get your jive shoes on.
Mydy Rabycad have a website
Y’Akoto is a fantastic soul singer who I’m surprised isn’t HUGE all over the world. She splits her time between Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Dakar, Accra and Lome – but I suspect that we’d like to hear from her in Glasgow, London and Manchester too.
She’s five years and three albums into her musical career, and her latest album Mermaid Blues weaves together mythological references, complicated emotions and allusions to the stories of refugees. She deserves to be massive. She’s currently on tour – catch her if you can.
Y’Akoto has a website
Y’Akoto is on Facebook
From Glasgow we have the gorgeous wordplay, infectious danceability and general fun of Anna Secret Poet. You could say that Tits of Steel is an ode to the power of femininity and the femininity of power.
A particularly touching sub-genre of love songs is the love song from a father to his spouse once they’ve had children. The Nature Of Me is one of these – it’s got a quality to it that is at once anthemic and intimate, and Michael’s wife and long term musical collaborator Shimrit features on backing vocals.
You might remember Michael and Shimrit from the Israeli national Eurovision final in 2011, where they delighted us with Tou Dou Dou. If you don’t remember that, you should definitely check it out. In fact, check out all his work, it’s delightful.
Michael has a website.
Michael is on Facebook.
This song popped up while I was researching retro electropop diva (and Austria’s hottest ever mullet wearer) Ankathie Koi for the ‘Air’ show for Listen Outside On The Radio. I’m already very fond of Johann Sebastian Bass and I am a sucker for any form of homemade mirrorball costume, so this whole package had a huge raw appeal.
White Cars is a pure distillation of the aspirationally naff 80’s aesthetic, with the deliberately clunky video, the awkward extras and the beautiful deployment of a keytar vocoder. How fabulous!
If you like the more danceable end of Goldfrapp, or you were into Steed Lord, or you liked the Human League first time round, please get right into the work of Ankathie Koi. She’s a delight.
Here’s her Bandcamp.
Momentarily decloaking, I give you something that might take a couple of listens but will be very, very rewarding and actively make you cooler. Latvia’s Bandmaster are very much on the rise in 2017, doing Eurosonic Noorderslag at the start of the year and covering themselves with Baltic festival circuit glory.
Here’s the EP. For me the absolute standout tracks are Just Paddle (an excellent, spacey duet with EZERI) and Paper, Rock and Scissors which sounds like two songs playing simultaneously in the absolute best way possible. She Will starts off as a 90’s dancefloor banger and then gleefully wrongfoots you just when you’re expecting the drop. Hiding finishes the EP off with all sorts of difficult noises, squelchy noises and a synth solo line that begs to be played on keytar.
I like this, it’s good. You can definitely dance to it, but it’s like a 4/5 difficulty rating.
Bandmaster are on Soundcloud
Bandmaster are on Facebook
Bandmaster also have this excellent music video.
A quick one for Norway vs Belgium!
Norway: IRL by Hanna Hukkelberg
A lovely bit of relaxed, off-centre ambient pop with all sorts of fabulous percussive noises.
Belgium: I Know by Low Land Home
Expansive and gravelly-voiced 80s sounding indie pop (in a good way)
It’s summer again and that must mean that it’s time for some international football. We’re celebrating the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euros with another set of Game On! posts.
First up, it’s the hosts The Netherlands vs Norway.
The Netherlands are represented by Amsterdam based dance duo Secret Rendezvous, with summery 90’s tinged anthem Don’t Look At Me That Way. Secret Rendezvous have been doing their thing for a few years now – if you like a chill dance vibe, check out their Soundcloud page.
Norway are represented by thoughtful and ecological trop house anthem ‘Save Tropical House’ by R.E.D.D and DL Marlene Martinsen. You’ll love the lyrics, you’ll love the message and you’ll love the bit where they repeatedly shout ECUADOR! Yes, they are comedians.
Continuing our accidental miniseries of slightly downbeat covers of Swedish pop masterpieces, here is Pale Honey with a slouchy, twangy cover of Lay All Your Love On Me.
Pale Honey are an indie-rock two piece from Gothenburg – they’ve got a superbly louche vibe and are splendidly dry and funny on their blog. This is the first single from their upcoming second album, which is due to land in September. More like this please!
Pale Honey are on Facebook
Pale Honey are on Soundcloud
Pale Honey have a website