Top tracks of 2018 #16: Moby, Running Touch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Hercules & Love Affair

Richard

There is an aquaduct channel in Los Angeles that seems to be the go to place for video and film makers, perhaps most famously in Terminator 2 and Grease. It looks very dystopian and modernistic but does raise the question – why does it never have any water in it? Anyway, this year it had Moby in it, looking uncannily like Jim Rash from Community, with this excellent track. I really like the production and the haunting, insistent refrain of ‘Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’, which recalls peak period Massive Attack.

Ian

Didn’t know that Moby had something new this year. Good to know, so thanks. Following along the same lines, let me introduce Melbourne producer Running Touch. Only appearing on the electronica/dance circuit a couple of years ago, Running Touch has deliberately keep a Daft Punk-ish air of enigma around his true identity while building a body of work, including a host of well-received festival performances, opening for Odesza on their recent Australian tour and having his track “Courtesy of” featured on Netflix’s “Riverdale”. My selection for #16 his recent single “My Hands”:

Roy

To complete a trio of electronica entries, my number 16 is ‘My Curse & Cure (feat. Gustaph)’ by Hercules & Love Affair . The term ‘banger’ is used to describe pretty much any big sounding tune these days, but this is very much a ‘banger’ in the traditional dance floor sense and would have slotted in nicely to a 90’s DJ set alongside Faithless and The Beloved (really not sure about the video though!)

Andy

Back at number 20, I included a band who had a 16 year hiatus from my lists. At number 16 is a different band who have had a 15 year absence! I’m not sure whether these people have the same kind of productivity as Kate Bush, in that they could never exactly be described as prolific, or whether whatever they’ve done in the intervening years has failed to make a major impression on me. Anyway, this lot must have taken it to heart when their song “Stop” reached number 8 in 2003. However, it’s great to have them back. I just love the guitars on this and although, on the day that Pete Shelley sadly passed away, I wouldn’t really say I have “Red Eyes and Tears” this can count as my tribute to the former Buzzcocks man.

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9 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2018 #16: Moby, Running Touch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Hercules & Love Affair

  1. Didn’t know that Moby had something new this year. Good to know, so thanks. Following along the same lines, let me introduce Melbourne producer Running Touch. Only appearing on the electronica/dance circuit a couple of years ago, Running Touch has deliberately keep a Daft Punk-ish air of enigma around his true identity while building a body of work, including a host of well-received festival performances, opening for Odesza on their recent Australian tour and having his track “Courtesy of” featured on Netflix’s “Riverdale”. My selection for #16 his recent single “My Hands”:

  2. I had no idea ‘Like A Motherless Child’ is effectively a cover of a much recorded negro spiritual – although this version is obviously very different with a definite Massive Attack feel to it. Moby is another one of those artists, like Numan, Ride and Suede, enjoying a later career renaissance. His brace of recent albums as Moby & The Pacific Void Choir are superb sets of fizzing electro-punk protest songs and well worth a listen.

  3. To complete a trio of electronica entries, my number 16 is ‘My Curse & Cure (feat. Gustaph)’ by Hercules & Love Affair . The term ‘banger’ is used to describe pretty much any big sounding tune these days, but this is very much a ‘banger’ in the traditional dance floor sense and would have slotted in nicely to a 90’s DJ set alongside Faithless and The Beloved (really not sure about the video though!)

  4. Back at number 20, I included a band who had a 16 year hiatus from my lists. At number 16 is a different band who have had a 15 year absence! I’m not sure whether these people have the same kind of productivity as Kate Bush, in that they could never exactly be described as prolific, or whether whatever they’ve done in the intervening years has failed to make a major impression on me. Anyway, this lot must have taken it to heart when their song “Stop” reached number 8 in 2003. However, it’s great to have them back. I just love the guitars on this and although, on the day that Pete Shelley sadly passed away, I wouldn’t really say I have “Red Eyes and Tears” this can count as my tribute to the former Buzzcocks man.

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