Oooohhh that Lavender Worm debut ep is finally out, and they did a nice video for "Pond" to boot!! Check that, and when you're done watching, hop on over to the Raha & Tunteet Bandcamp to cop the ep!!


My new ep is out!! It will be for sale on Boomkat, Juno, iTunes and the likes as well on Monday, but you can already cop both the digi and the 7" vinyl ep on the MYOR Bandcamp right now. And there's also a limited edition t-shirt, which is only 11 quid, with the 7" included. Feels good to finally have a new release out on wax again. One love.


Every Wednesday there's a little second hand market here in Breda. It's basically nothing more than a handful of stalls run by local old geezers selling overpriced rubbish: books, so called antiques and whatnot. But there's one out of towner there who actually sells really nice records (and books) at very decent prices. He's a super mellow and kind chap with a hella cool dog, which I think is always a plus, as I don't much enjoy giving away my money to grumpy pricks who think Nana Mouskouri albums are really worth 3 quid. I used to go there quite frequently "back in the day", but have thus far only managed to visit twice this year, because I usually have to work on Wednesdays. But I was done working at 1:30 yesterday, and so decided to head out for a spot of crate diggage extraordinaire.
Now the thing with most record shops (or, in this case, stalls), as opposed to thrift stores, is of course that the owners are usually quite aware of what their goods are worth, and often won't shy away from charging full blown internet prices for their records. And don't get me wrong, it's not like this particular bloke doesn't know what he's selling, he does, but he always has some quality stuff for very reasonable $$$. If my memory serves me right, the majority of his records used to be individually priced, but this time his entire stall consisted of a shitload of 1 Euro records, plus a selection of 7"s for either 50 cents or 2 bucks each. I pulled some really nice French and Israeli singles from those crates, plus a Manitas De Plata flamenco album and this here gamelan LP. I already own a couple of gamelan records, and tho I really really enjoy the sound of this instrument, most of the times these albums tend to be a bit of an intense, dark and hectic affair. Not really suitable for easy listening if you get my drift. But this one is a whole other story: mega sweet, almost enchanting gamelan melodies, accompanied by a Suling Degung (bamboo flute). Most of the eight songs featured on this album do sound quite alike to the untrained ear tho (most notably my own untrained ear that is), so I stuck to picking just one track instead of uploading the full album. Enjoy.

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A couple of months ago, a new record store was openened in my hometown of Breda, called the Grey Store. It's not your typical, run of the mill kinda shop: specialized in highly sought after collectables, there's quite some stuff in the 200 quid range hanging on the walls. Fortunately tho, there's also loads of affordable wax to be found in there. So much so that the owner (who also runs a small record label releasing mostly local bands and bootleg compilation LP's with 60's Psych nuggets) decided it was time for a little sale: evrything in the shop bearing a 5 Euro price tag went for 2.50 this weekend. I went to have a look there yesterday and copped some neat 7"s: Francoise Legrand, Rosella Massaglia Natali, and this here oddball cover of Mamy Blue by Turkish child singer Arda Kardes. Enjoy.

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Here's a nice and easy going mix containing only 7" singles, most of which I bought during the last couple of months on thrift store and flea market missions, with some old favs thrown in for good measure. Save the whales. And vinyl.



Here's a nice Motor City Soul joint I copped at the same shop as the French tune from my previous post. Not much I have to say about this, other than the fact that this particular version is a UK repress of a 7" which was originally released on US label Giant in 1966. The Giant pressing has a different tune on the flipside and goes for crazy $$$ on the interwebs (around 200 quid), so if you desire owning this song on vinyl, I'd suggest buying the UK version instead (2.50 is the cheapest one up for sale on Discogs right now, which seems like a very decent price to me). Enjoy.

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Oh boy, this is about as good as it gets!! Lavender Worm's debut ep "Synchronized Swimming" is out in about a week from now on Suomi's finest, Raha & Tunteet, the boutique Skweee and Electronics label run by Helsinki's grumpiest producer V.C.
 Five slices of goodness, treading the fine line between colourful Skweee, 80's electro Funk bliss and neon drenched Hip Hop. A definite contender for my 2014 favs list.


I went record shopping again this weekend. There's this couple who run a shop next to their house out in Hooge Zwaluwe, which is a little town out in the sticks some 15 minutes from my hometown. Apparently they've been running it for over two years already, selling art, second hand records, cd's, cassettes, books and audio equipment (mainly turntables), but I only found out about it last month through a friend of mine. About a week or so ago they received a batch of about 7500 7" singles, and needless to say I was a little late: most of the good stuff had already been plundered by other vinyl scavengers, tho there were still some pretty decent tunes left, this here being one of them.
It's featured on a 4 track ep called "Ballade En Novembre", by Anne Vanderlove. Now both her last name and the fact that these songs are all in French suggested she's Belgian. The way "Vanderlove" is spelled is typically Flandrian, as in the Netherlands it would most likely be spelled as "Van Der Love" (with spaces inbetween that is), and then there's not too many Dutchies singing in French to begin with. So I figured she's probably of Wallonian origin with some Flandrian heritage thrown in for good measure. But after looking up her name on the French Wiki, I found out she's actually from the Netherlands, Scheveningen to be exact, her real name being Anne Van Der Leeuw. Not that this is relevant whatsoever to the quality of the music, but still, I was kind of surprised when I found out.
But enough unnecessary information, just peep the song and grab the dl if you like it. And if you really really like it, cop the 7" ep on Discogs: all four of the tracks are well worth your while if you're into melancholic chansons, and there's enough copies up for sale, the cheapest one going for a mere 62 cents!

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I went to this double bill gig in Breda last night (Far-Out Fangtooth and the Homesick). Not too many attendees there, I'd say about 30 max, which is a bit of a shame as both bands were pretty damn neat. I don't have too much info on these kids from The Homesick, except for the fact that they hail from Friesland, which is one of the Northern most provinces in the Netherlands, and that they're inspired by Ariel Pink, which is always a big plus for me. After their show I copped the ep on cassette, which oddly enough is not up for sale on their Bandcamp page, but the digi is, so go buy that if you dig their "Dream Punk" steez. I know I do..


I ran across this one last week on YouTube. It's already a couple years old (circa 2011), but I already watched it about three times, and thus figured it worth posting. There's a real "Golden Era" feel to this video, and not just because of the usage of VHS cameras. Shitloads of random nonsense, naked girls and street fitty is what really makes this one look like it was shot in the early 90's. And the skating is pretty on point to boot. Enjoy.


I've been listening to a lot of old French Pop tunes lately. And whilst checking some stuff on YouTube, I stumbled upon this one channel called "Orgasmo Sonoro", which has a shitload of French, German and Italian music videos from the 60's and 70's on there. One of the songs posted there which immediately struck a chord with me (pun intended yes), was "Solitude" by French actress, sex bomb and recording artist Estella Blain. As far as I know it was only released on a 7" ep called "Hurlevent", which is notoriously hard to find, even on the interwebs, let alone at a Dutch thrift store. And the few copies I did manage to track down online all went for pretty hefty amounts of money. Now by "hefty" I don't mean 100+ Euros or anything, but I don't think I ever paid more than 30 quid for a record, so buying this 7" was kind of a big deal to me. I'm not the most patient person in the world, so when I finally saw a copy up for sale on Discogs last week, I decided to cop it, especially since I hadn't managed to find it at any of the record fairs and second hand shops I'd frequented over the last couple of weeks. It landed on my doorstep just this morning, but I had a spot of thrift store record hunting to do before I had the time to rip the audio of this little slice of Pop bliss. I'm glad to say today's mission was yet another successful one: found a really nice Frida Boccora LP, New Beat compilation, Irina Loghin album and hella vintage 70's nudie magazine amongst other things. After returning home and eating a plate of roti, a voice spoke to me saying "thou shalt not leave this Estella Blain ep unripped", so I went and wired up my turntable/pc combination, recorded the shit out of it, uploaded it to Mediafire and wrote this post. Enjoy. 

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Bombaclat!! Most folks will probably know Darren Beale best for his work under his Kosheen moniker, but way before enjoying mainstream Pop success, he was one of the o.g. Jungle pioneers, operating as Orca and later on as Decoder. As with a lot of my fav Amen smashers, I only found out about this tune quite recently. I was only about 16 when I first heard about Jungle and Drum n Bass, and most of the records that came out before that time were pretty hard to get by out here in mainland Europe. And besides that, back then I was mainly buying piano Rave and Hardcore, so even if I had heard this record back when it was released in 1995, I probably wouldn't have bought it anyways. But times change, and so do Discogs prices. The cheapest one up for sale right now goes for 9 quid, which is at least double the amount of what it went for just a couple months ago. Still a bargain for such a dope 12" if you ask me, but still.. I don't know what it is with this tune tho, the first time I heard it, I just couldn't sit still and to me it's a clear cut case of dancefloor Amen wizardry. But the few times I played it at a gig, people just looked at me weird, like, WTF is this? And one of those gigs was a "strictly old school Drum n Bass Jungle" party, so go figure.. Perhaps it's just a little bit too much for most cats, I dunno. Either way, if you're into choppy breaks and deep subs, this might just be your cup of tea. Definitely one of my own personal favs. Enjoy.

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