Top tracks of 2017 #15 – Soulwax, Seaford Mods, Ist Ist & Mogwai

As Ian highlighted in his first post, this list is primarily about single tracks as opposed to albums, but sometimes I will post a track mainly to draw attention to the album and this is just such a post.

This is taken from the album ‘From Deewee’ by Belgian duo Soulwax. It was recorded in one take and as a result has a pleasing sharp rawness to it reminsicent of German electronic pioneers like DAF, Die Krupps and Connie Plank. Soulwax are basically the Dewaele brothers – hence ‘From Deewee’. This is appropriately enough a live performance of ‘Machines’and the stark black and white set is really effective, reminding me of the very first concert I ever went to: Kraftwerk at the Hammersmith Odeon on the ‘Computer Love’ tour, who also had the stage set up like a Dalek command centre.

Another instrumental – half of my choices so far, which is reflecting a growing trend in my listening habits..

Andy:

At last, an outfit that hasn’t been around for 20-30 years! Although they formed ten years ago, it’s only been relatively recently that their critical acclaim has been matched by their commercial success. They describe their work as “electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class” and who are we to argue? This is the penultimate track from their album “English tapas”, which reached number 12 on the UK Hit Parade, if you’re interested? But I have it at number 15…

Roy:

I will always be a sucker for propulsive Post-Punk, particularly when, in this case, it is from Manchester and shot through with the musical DNA of that city. Three singles released this year, on the gloriously named ‘Scruff Of The Neck’ records – each one better than the last. From their vinyl only pre-digital releases, to the black and white video, these boys have a suitably encouraging reverence for their influences. Their 2018 debut LP should be a real treat. Number 15 Ist Ist ‘ Right Before Your Eyes’

Ian:

I promised Richard I might join him in an instrumental track for my 15th selection. While coming from a band known for it’s shoe-gaze sound and sonic landscapes, Mogwai’s “Party in the Dark” is one of the few tracks from their new album “Every Country’s Sun” which includes vocals. The track brings to mind performances by modern psychedelic bands like Flaming Lips and Tame Impala, which is no surprise really given the single’s producer Dave Fridmann has worked with both those bands. While the rest of the album is similar to the traditional Mogwai canon, the band acknowledges the special nature of this track in a press release, claiming it is “perhaps the most fully realized art-pop sing-along in the band’s discography”. The video clip, made of melting wax sculptures, brings a “Stranger Things” sensibility to the tune.

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4 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2017 #15 – Soulwax, Seaford Mods, Ist Ist & Mogwai

  1. At last, an outfit that hasn’t been around for 20-30 years! Although they formed ten years ago, it’s only been relatively recently that their critical acclaim has been matched by their commercial success. They describe their work as “electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class” and who are we to argue? This is the penultimate track from their album “English tapas”, which reached number 12 on the UK Hit Parade, if you’re interested? But I have it at number 15…

    1. Soulwax = very, very Die Krupps!
      It took me a while but Seaford Mods have grown on me and I had this on my longer list. Big Ian Dury influence (lyrically) which is always a very good thing.

  2. I will always be a sucker for propulsive Post-Punk, particularly when, in this case, it is from Manchester and shot through with the musical DNA of that city. Three singles released this year, on the gloriously named ‘Scruff Of The Neck’ records – each one better than the last. From their vinyl only pre-digital releases, to the black and white video, these boys have a suitably encouraging reverence for their influences. Their 2018 debut LP should be a real treat. Number 15 Ist Ist ‘ Right Before Your Eyes’

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