Out Now! Valentine’s Day Special (aka “the essential secret ingredient to successful sonic seduction”)


Greetings surf-burgers!

How you doin?

Your humble web monkey here, with another fabulous blend of Wit, Waffle and – as befits today’s date - Womantic Wuv, from the world wide web.

Without further ado, let us once more let loose the reins of reality and plunge ourselves into the whirling miasmic vortex of Joycean stream of consciousness, Burroughsian cut-up logic and Kerouacian beatnik enthusiasm, rushing benzedrineless – EARS FIRST! – into the sonic slipstream.

Erm, sorry, not sure what happened there.

It’s this new Word Of The Day toilet paper they’ve had fitted in my cage…

On we go!

By now you should know your humble web monkey’s mantra:

Get yourself down to your local record shop / internet webshop / high street retailer / mail order co. / digital download store and SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC!















SUZANNE CIANI – ‘Lixiviation’ (Finders Keepers Records)

Like the BBC – or the United Nations – your humble web monkey cannot play favourites, and must maintain a critical impartiality and balance in reporting at all times. Having said that….. if i *were* to name an album of the week, this would be the badger.

Nuff waffle from me, here’s what Finders Keepers Records have to say:

“The American Delia Derbyshire of the Atari generation. With a sonic portfolio that boasts commissions for the Xenon classic pinball machine, the sounds for the Meco ‘Star Wars’ theme, the Atari TV commercials and the electronic sound effects in the original ‘Stepford Wives’ film (amongst many others), the mutant electronic music CV of Suzanne Ciani is proof that in a 1970s commercial world of boys’ toys, monopolised by a male dominated media industry, a woman’s touch was the essential secret ingredient to successful sonic seduction”.

Phew! They had me at “The American Delia Derbyshire of the Atari generation…”.

My voltage controlled oscillator has gone into overdrive, my rack-mounted modules are overheating and as for my sawtooth… well, it has been truly Attacked-Decayed-Sustained-and-Released.

Delia Derbyshire…. Daphne Oram…. and now Suzanne Ciani – it’s a good job Mrs Web Monkey keeps me out of trouble, otherwise i’d be sending out bunches of patch-cables via Interflora this day.

‘Lixiviation’ is accumulating huge love out there in the Press-o-sphere, with Album Of The Month and 10/10 reviews in journals as varied as The Wire, Vice, Dazed & Confused, Mojo, Clash, Q and Buchla Box Babes Bi-Monthly. Okay, i made that last one up.

Here’s a superb vintage clip of Ms Ciani on the David Letterman Show, circa-1980.


FIELD MUSIC – ‘Plumb’ (Memphis Industries)
“Like a delicious tasting-menu of rock history. Tuck in”Mojo ****

“More homespun brilliance from Sunderland’s pop perfectionists”Uncut ****

“If there’s any justice at all ‘Plumb’ could be this year’s ‘The English Riviera’. Forged from solid pop gold”NME

Along with more four star reviews than Martika’s Kitchen receives in the Michelin Food Guide – from The Guardian, Q, The Times, Stool Pigeon, Uncut, Loud & Quiet, NME and many many more.
The lads are out on tour at the moment, catch em if you can!
6 Edinburgh The Picture House
10 Newcastle The Cluny
18 Glasgow Stereo
19 Manchester Deaf Institute
20 Leeds Brudenell
22 Nottingham Bodega
23 Bristol The Fleece
24 London Kings College
‘Plumb’ is out now in the shops on the usual formats.
Ever the wax fan, your humble web monkey recommends this, God’s own format:
“the vinyl format is presented as a special edition 180gsm purple vinyl with download code”.
See Field Music rock the Guardian studio with ‘(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing’ as part of the GDN’s ‘How We Wrote’ series, by clicking: HERE
SPEECH DEBELLE – ‘Freedom Of Speech’ (Big Dada)
‘Freedom Of Speech’ is the second album from 2009 Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle. Album entirely produced by KWES (Warp, Damon Albarn’s DRC Project) and features Roots Manuva, Realism, and a writing collaboration with Eg White (Adele, Florence).
BONOBO – ‘Black Sands Remixed’ (Ninja Tune)
Features remixes from the likes of Mark Pritchard, Cosmin TRG, Machinedrum, Lapalux, Falty DL  and Floating Points amongst others, i’ll let this sensational animated video from Anthony Schepperd do the talking. Wowsa.


I’m a-running outta time, outer space, banana/potassium-derived energy and bad synthesizer puns to go on much longer…

Let’s wrap up this week’s session with not one but TWO lurrrrrve-inspired St Valentine’s Day Spotify Playlists – beamed in from our rocking A*Nauts, the Future Sailors (pictured below).

Take it away cyber-comrades of The Future!

“A romantic musical journey, taking in everything from Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s classic “The Power of Love” through to beautiful new tracks from the likes of Darwin Deez, Alex Winston, Joan As Police Woman and Frank Turner. Turn the music up and the lights down… “

Link: HERE – [PIAS] Valentines

Tracklisting, here:

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
First Aid Kit – Emmylou
Seasick Steve – Don’t Know Why She Love Me But She Do
Frank Turner – Isabel
Darwin Deez – Constellations
Alex Winston – Choice Notes
Agnes Obel – Riverside
Royksopp – Happy Up Here
Gruff Rhys – Sensations In The Dark
The Divine Comedy – I Like
Drive-By Truckers – Everybody Needs Love
Jonny – I Want To Be Around You
Teenage Fanclub – Baby Lee
Local Natives – Airplanes
Harper Simon – Berkeley Girl
Angus & Julia Stone – You’re The One That I Want
Girls – Love Like A River
Simon Lynge – Love Comes Back To You
The Duke & The King – Still Remember Love
Madness – It Must Be Love
Erland & The Carnival – You Don’t Have To Be Lonely
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Heart in Your Heartbreak
Lindi Ortega – Dying of Another Broken Heart
We Are Scientists – Nice Guys
New Young Pony Club – Architect Of Love
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Joan As Police Woman – Run For Love
Husky Rescue – Sound Of Love
The Ghost – Blood of Romance
Dub Pistols – I’m In Love
Big D and the Kids Table – A Kiss A Week
Rhythms Del Mundo – Somebody To Love
Bebel Gilberto – Bring Back The Love – Original Version
Anna Calvi – Desire
Hooray For Earth – True Loves

And from Union Square:

100 Ultimate Love Songs is a stunning playlist of the greatest contemporary & classic love songs of all time, from poignant love ballads to smooth soul classics, there is something here for everyone”.

Link, here: 100 – The Ultimate Playlist – Greatest Love Songs

Tracklisting, here:

Christina Perri – jar of hearts
Birdy – Skinny Love
Madness – It Must Be Love
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
Amy Winehouse – Our Day Will Come
Jacqui Hicks – What The World Needs Now Is Love
Mariah Carey – Without You
Gloria Estefan – Anything For You
Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Ellie Goulding – Your Song
Katy Perry – Thinking Of You
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On – Single Version
Dinah Washington – Mad About A Boy
Pixie Lott – Cry Me Out – Edit
Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star
The Stylistics – You Make Me Feel Brand New
Rumer – Slow
Andi Hopgood – Out Of Reach
Tony Bennett & Carrie Underwood – It Had To Be You
Michael Bublé – Guess I’m Falling 4 U
Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Dina Carroll – Don’t Be A Stranger
Rachel Morrison – Have I Told You Lately
Oleta Adams – Get Here
Sade – No Ordinary Love
Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last
Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
Lisa Stansfield – Lay Your Hands On Me
Mica Paris – My One Temptation – 7″ Version
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
Tracey Ullman – Move Over Darling
Kirsty MacColl – They Don’t Know
Nazareth – Love Hurts (Studio Demo)
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (From Ghost)
Mel Torme – The First Time Ever Is Saw Your Face
Grady Tate – And I Love Her
Barbara Dickson – Memory (from Cats)
10cc – I’m Not In Love
ABC – The Look Of Love
Atlantic Starr – Secret Lovers – Single Version
Barry White – Just The Way You Are
Captain & Tennille – Do That To Me One More Time
Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red
Demis Roussos – Forever And Ever
Sade – Smooth Operator – Single Version
Diana Ross – You Are Everything
Dusty Springfield – The Look Of Love
Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You – Single Version
Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
Joan Armatrading – Love And Affection
Diana Ross – Endless Love
Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong
Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life
The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
The Foundations – Baby Now that I’ve Found You
OneRepublic – Apologize
The Saturdays – My Heart Takes Over – Radio Edit
Will Downing – A Love Supreme
Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby
Michael Bublé – Me And Mrs. You
Gilbert O’Sullivan – What’s In A Kiss – Original Version
Rachel Morrison – Martha’s Harbour
Etta James – At Last
Erma Franklin – Piece Of My Heart
Beverley Craven – Promise Me
Billy Paul – Me And Mrs. Jones
Toni Braxton – Breathe Again
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing – Single Version
Earth, Wind & Fire – After The Love Has Gone
Stephanie Mills – Never Knew Love Like This Before
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
PP Arnold – The First Cut Is The Deepest
Rachel Morrison – Songbird
Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tracks Of My Tears
Omar – There’s Nothing Like This
Blackstreet – Don’t Leave Me
Lonestar – Amazed
Rachel Morrison – Everybody Hurts
Billy Ocean – Suddenly
The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing
Will Downing – Where Is The Love
Jeffrey Osborne – On The Wings Of Love
Sam Brown – Stop
Snow Patrol – Run
The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) – Single Version (Mono)
Donny Osmond – Puppy Love
Jamie O’Neal – All By Myself
Appleton – Don’t Worry
Kool & The Gang – Cherish
Elkie Brooks – Fool If You Think It’s Over
Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around
Extreme – More Than Words
Trisha Yearwood – How Do I Live
Lionel Richie – Stuck On You
David Gray – This Years Love
Mama Cass – Dream A Little Dream Of Me


<3 – as the youth say.

(<3? What? Less than 3? hmm)

Let’s get it on…..

Adieu for now!


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