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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The year you discovered Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures'?</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1140303023249379328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 16, 2019</a></blockquote>
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It’s that time of the week again and so I’ll be answering Rough Trade’s music question. This week it’s “The year you discovered Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures”?” So as some of you may know this saw the 40th anniversary of the release of “Unknown Pleasures” by post-punk pioneers Joy Division. I don’t remember the exact year I discovered Joy Division but I was teenager and it was after 1997 because I definitely hadn’t heard it before the release of Radiohead’s “OK Computer”. So I imagine it was somewhere between 1998-2000 and I know that it was my Dad who introduced me to the album because he loves post-punk music and was introducing to the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four, New Order etc through my teenage years. It’s definitely an influential and seminal album and its pretty incredible to think that it is now 40 years old.

Let me know when you first discovered “Unknown Pleasures” and your thoughts and feelings about the album in the Comments.

 

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Most exciting EP released in 2019 so far?</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1137775689728430081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 9, 2019</a></blockquote>
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So it’s that time of the week and I’m going to answer Rough Trade’s Music Question. This week the question is “Most exciting EP released in 2019 so far? This is definitely one of the easier to answer questions of since I started publishing this series of posts. So there would be two main contenders for the most exciting EP of the year so far and they are “Kokoroko” by Kokoroko and “For Lovers” by Octo Octa. “For Lovers” definitely edges it for me it’s three tracks are top quality modern House tracks with a relaxed and warm vibe to them and the lead track ” I Need You” being one of my favourites of the year and one where I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve listened to it. 

What’s the EP that’s got you most excited this year? Let me know in the Comments.  

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>__________ should write a song for __________.</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1135595752397443072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 3, 2019</a></blockquote>
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So I’ve been caught out by Rough Trade again as they posted their question for the week yesterday and not on Sunday but we have for the week and that question is “__________ should write a song for __________.” My answer was “ for Shirley Bassey, in fact he should just make an album with her.” Adrian even liked my Tweet so who knows maybe they’ll be a Shirley Bassey comeback album in 2020. Shirley Bassey actually release an album back in 1970 called “Something” which could be a really good template for an album with Adrian Younge it features covers of The Beatles “Something”, “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat and Tears and the an amazing version of The Doors “Light My Fire”, the bass guitar is very much up front and the drums swing, throw in some held organ chords and fuzz guitar and you’ve got a Adrian Younge production!!! 

Let me know your answer to this question in the Comments below.

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It’s time for this week’s Music Question (on a Sunday), this week the Question courtesy of Rough Trade Shops is What is Your Favourite Protest Song? Wow, this is difficult one to answer there are so many great protest songs we’d be here all day just going through all the Folk protest songs. However, there is one that always struck a chord with me. That song is ‘Free Satpal Ram’ by Asian Dub Foundation the song tells the story of a controversial murder case, that of Satpal Ram, a Birmingham Asian who was jailed for life in June 1987 after defending himself against a racially motivated attack by a group of white men in November 1986. Having grown up in the town of Redditch just thirteen miles from Birmingham I understand the racial abuse suffered by Indian, Pakistani and African immigrants in my town that coupled we the lyrics and hard hitting tune make for a potent combination. Sadly this is the kind of story that is starting to make headlines again and Satpal Ram never did get justice despite many people’s efforts.

Check out ‘Free Satpal Ram’ below and let me know what your favourite Protest song is in the Comments.

 

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Best new single you've uncovered in the last week?</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1130156163272728576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 19, 2019</a></blockquote>
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It’s that time of the week again and so here’s the latest Music Question (on a Sunday). This week’s question is (what is the) best new single you’ve uncovered in the last week? This was tough one as there have been a few singles that have got me excited this week so it’s a three way tie between ‘Mm mmm’ by Hackney Colliery Band featuring Anglique Kodjo and Roundhouse Choir and great combination of a fantastic modern Hip-Hop influenced Brass band, powerful Malian singer Kodjo and backing vocals from the choir bonus points for the title. Next it would have to be ‘Zero Fux’ by Kool Keith featuring B-Real (Cypress Hill) a great lead single from the upcoming Kool Keith album “Keith” it doesn’t reinvent the boom bap/90’s underground Hip-Hop wheel but hearing two distinctly voiced MCs on the top of their game is great. Finally I would say ‘Favourites’ by The S.L.P. featuring Little Simz, The S.L..P. is Serge from Kasabian’s side project and this is a great debut single featuring Serge’s signature guitar riffs and the confident flow of Little Simz. 

Let me know your best single of this week below in the Comments.

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