02. 54B – Mudd
03. Back In The Days – The Defloristics
04. Midnight Surprise (Radio Edit) – Lightspeed Champion
05. Down But Not Yet Out – Felt
06. This Charming Man (New York Vocal Version) – The Smiths
07. Hands In The Dark – The Chromatics
08. Rolling Down The Hills – Glass Candy
09. Where Are You – BRS
10. Food Stamps – Leaf
11. Boxe Et Violence – Daniel J White
12 Swan – Tomboy
13. Brain Leech – Alex Gopher
14. Why Don’t You Take Us – Sky King
15. Don’t Take Your Love – The New Sounds
16. Around And Around – Chuck Berry
17. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Hank Williams
18. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
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Beautiful Summer Day – Mother
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54B – Mudd
Recorded by Paul Murphy (AKA Mudd), released by Rong Music, compiled by Tom Middleton and featured on Renaissance 3D, this tune is a cracker.
A perfect example of ‘chilled out’ music that doesn’t make you want to go to sleep and proof that Mr Middleton is a master at finding and presenting some of the best music around.
Back In The Days – The Defloristics
The Defloristics are Robert Hardt and Harry Zier. They began their careers working with artists like Chaka Khan and Keith Sweat. But now they deliver chilled, polished, electronic Jazzy breaks infused perfectly with Deep House.
This song (and the accompanying album) is an example of music that does not disappoint but that you are unlikely to come across without a recommendation. Well, now it has been recommended. Essential late-night listening.
Midnight Surprise (Radio Edit) – Lightspeed Champion
Devonte Hynes used to be in a band called Test Icicle. But then he changed directions entirely.
In early 2007, he went to Omaha, Nebraska to record his solo debut album with one of the members of Bright Eyes. He stayed for a few months and hung out in a guest house. Lots of musicians came by and they all ended up playing on the resutling album, ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’.
According to Hynes, the album consists of two halves, mixing both dreams and life experiences. This Radio Edit of ‘Midnight Surprise’ is a shortened version of the ten minute track that features on the album.
Down But Not Yet Out – Felt
Ten singles. Ten albums. Ten years.
This is the history of the band Felt. They were from Birmingham, recorded for the labels Cherry Red & Creation and influenced numerous bands, including Belle & Sebastian.
Their sound, defined by an atmospheric, delicate guitar playing, is a perfect example of the Indie scene captured by NME on the C-86 compilation.
This Charming Man (New York Vocal Version) – The Smiths
Arguably, ‘This Charming Man’ is the best and most popular Indie tune of all time.
This version is from the original vinyl release and is a stretched-out, slightly altered remix by the House legend Francois K. Thankfully, he gets it just right and manages to remix the song without losing the plot.
Very good and very obscure.
Hands In The Dark – The Chromatics / Rolling Down The Hills – Glass Candy
Two songs. One compilation. ‘After Dark’ highlights artists who have embraced Italo-Disco, Giorgio Moroder-style, synthesizer music following the Dance-Punk and Electroclash trends.
Creating real atmosphere without the cheesy Eurodisco element, these are two of the stronger tracks from the collection.
Where Are You – BRS
This BRS does not stand for Bristow Group, Ballistic Recovery Systems, British Racing School, Brotherhood Of Railroad Signalmen or the Bureau Of Rural Sciences.
This BRS stands for British Rhythm Services, who formed in 1998. They are DJ Ben Vacara, Rob Evans and Mr Mulatto. They make Downtempo, Deep House like this song that is from the album ‘Gravity’, released in 2002.
Food Stamps – Leaf
Using the leaf as a stamp, press it down carefully onto the white paper. Hold it in place and gently rub the construction paper so that all areas hit the white paper.
Carefully remove the stamp and repeat this process with your other leaves and colors.
Allow to dry completely.
Boxe Et Violence – Daniel J White
Thanks to Mr Thing this little underground break has been restored from obscurity on ‘Strange Breaks & Mr Thing’. It is 116 seconds of pure groovy jazziness.
Swan – Tomboy
Tomboy is Danish producer Tomas Barfod. He makes seriously funky little biscuits like this one. When he’s not busy producing, he plays drums for WhoMadeWho.
Brain Leech – Alex Gopher
Alex Gopher entered the music scene in a pop band known as Orange. He played alongside Etienne De Crecy, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. When they broke up, they all sold their guitars to buy turntables. De Crecy and Gopher released the infamous French Touch compilation ‘Super Discount’, while Godin and Dunckel formed Air.
After enormous amounts of success with ‘You My Baby And I’ and ‘Wuz’, it seems that Gopher decided to sell his turntable to buy a guitar. The result is this song, which appears on his 2006 self-titled album.
Why Don’t You Take Us – Sky King
Another little beauty uncovered by Mr Thing and included on his strange breaks compilation.
Don’t Take Your Love – The New Sounds
Wigan. Empress Ballroom. Mike Walker. 1973-1981. Northern Soul. Queues around the corner. All nighters. ‘3 before 8’. Drugs. Downfall. Thousands of compilation CDs.
Around And Around – Chuck Berry
This tune was originally released as the B-Side to Johnny B Goode in 1958, which was an autobiographical tale of a coloured boy, who could “play a guitar just like ringing a bell”.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked ‘Johnny B Goode’ as the 7th Greatest Song of All Time and it was chosen as an achievement of humanity for the collection of artifacts placed in the Voyager space craft.
On the flip side, ‘Around And Around’ describes how “the joint was rockin” and has been covered by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Greatful Dead among other artists.
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Hank Williams
Indeed he didn’t.
This was the last single to be released during his lifetime and it reached Number 1 in the Country Singles chart posthumously in January of 1953, after his mysterious death.
I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’ was originally written by Cole Porter in 1934.
This was the first version that Sinatra recorded in 1953 just before his Oscar-winning role in ‘From Here To Eternity’. After this his career would take off and his life would never be the same again.