For this new feature I will be hitting up some of my favourite DJs and producers to ask them to talk a about 5 recent additions to their record bag.
First up is Glaswegian selector Fergus Clark. Clark, part of the 12th Isle label and DJ crew, is forging a reputation of being one of the most crucial up-and-coming DJs out there. Not bound to any genre Clark’s magnificent eyes and ears pluck all manner of treasures from dusty shelfs and crates.
Here are 5 of his recent finds.
1. Joya Landis – When The Lights Are Low (1970)
This is a blank label copy of the early Jamaican press. It’s a different mix to the later UK one and sounds far better. They leave out the horns and the pace of the thing is a little slower, giving it a really sweet late night feel. Perfect example of early Jamaican soul music and the kind of song I could never get bored of. I just played a reggae party with JD Twitch the other week and this was the first record of the night.
2. Priscilla Ermel – Sonho De Cacador (1990)
Got to thank Jamie Tiller for putting me on to Priscilla Ermel’s music a few years back. Her records blew up with the Music From Memory compilation but before that they seemed really unknown, which is sad because they’re so great. Even in Brazil her music seemed forgotten about, or left to linger in obscurity. I picked up her albums through a lovely Brazilian dealer called Paulo and he seemed amazed that someone in Scotland even knew who she was. It feels great to see the effect her stuff has had on people since those guys did the compilation. This track is from her last album, and one that sits more comfortably within an experimental folk-song bracket than her earlier new age driven records. It still has that total hippy/spirituality thing going on though, the lyrics constantly referring to dreams, life, air and consciousness.
3. Cucina Povera – Demetra (2017)
No YouTube link for this one. Cucina Povera is the project of Maria Rossi who lives here in Glasgow. She’s been experimenting with vocal loops and ambient synth compositions for a while I think. Once saw her play live at a house show and loved it, but hadn’t really heard any recordings until my friend Gareth was telling me he was going to release some of them. There will be a tape on Domestic Exile and an LP on Night School, I guess out later this year. The album makes for a really strong listen and flows between really spacey,drifting songs to get lost in and more rhythmic pieces. Super cool local music! Thanks to Gareth for passing me a test pressing.
4. Kath Bloom – Give It Slow (1983)
All time favourite. Love Kath Bloom and these albums on St. Joan she made with Loren Connors, they have stayed with me for a long time and given me peace time and time again. Maybe getting emotional here but I can’t imagine listening to these albums and not getting that kind of reaction. Or maybe it is all relative, who knows…
5. Lijadu Sisters – Not Any Longer (1979)
OK maybe the songs above could be all be considered a bit gloomy so here’s a nice happy one for you. Loved this album since hearing it through my monthly DJ partner Charlie McCann and searched for one since. Luckily there was one at Red Light when I was through in January. From the drums that open the song you know it’s going to be good.. then the synth squiggles come in and then the sisters start singing and you have one feel good jam. Good record to put on when you wake up and it’s raining outside.