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7-Inch Series, Part 771 – Brendan Benson & Jack White

Brendan Benson & Jack White – Demos 7″
label: Third Man (The Vault)
year: 2013
brendanbenson.com | facebook.com/brendanbensonmusic
jackwhiteiii.com | facebook.com/jackwhite
theraconteurs.com | facebook.com/theraconteurs

side a: Steady As She Goes
side b: The Same Boy You’ve Always Known

[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/bensonbrendanjackwhite-sasga.mp3|titles=Steady As She Goes|artists=Brendan Benson & Jack White]
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/bensonbrendanjackwhite-sasgb.mp3|titles=The Same Boy You’ve Always Known|artists=Brendan Benson & Jack White]

7" Series 771: Brendan Benson & Jack White – Demos 7"

The Vault-only release by the two men behind The Raconteurs, and like the title says, the tracks are demo versions of “Steady As She Goes” and The White Stripes“The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”. It’s on Third Man Records, so it’s good.

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7-Inch Series, Part 770 – Beard Of Wolves

Beard Of Wolves – Wet Mouth
label: Too Pure
year: 2013
facebook.com/BOWOFFICIAL | beardofwolves.bandcamp.com | soundcloud.com/beardofwolves

side a: Wet Mouth
side b: Dead Heart

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7" Series 770: Beard Of Wolves – Wet Mouth

TPSC keeps it rawk with this ace single by Beard Of Wolves. Somewhat reminiscent of good old Death From Above 1979, methinks. The BC player above features their Wolf Skulls EP, which includes the two tunes on this 45.

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7-Inch Series, Part 769 – BEAK>

BEAK> – Mono
label: Invada
year: 2012
beak.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/beakbristol

side a: Mono
side b: Kenn

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7" Series 769: BEAK> – Mono

BEAK> are Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow‘s Kraut band, with two great albums out and this here 45 featuring two (three if you buy the digital single off Bandcamp) non-album tracks. “Mono” is poppy and quite catchy, while “Kenn” is slower, heavier, more eerie.
Which is nice.

There’s also a red vinyl version of the single, but I have the black one.
Which is less nice.

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7-Inch Series, Part 768 – Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch

Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix) / Desire (Ticklah Remix)
label: BSTRD Boots
year: 2012
baduworld.com | facebook.com/erykahbadu
pharoahe.com | facebook.com/pharoahemonch
facebook.com/pages/Ticklah-Victor-Axelrod/81641501985 | soundcloud.com/victor-axelrod

side a: Erykah Badu – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix)
side b: Pharoahe Monch – Desire (Ticklah Remix)

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7" Series 768: Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix) / Desire (Ticklah Remix)

Ticklah is the reggae alias of Dap-Kings and Antibalas co-founders Victor Axelrod, who did these two remixes “for contests that never quite happened ……….or something like that”. The original “Real Thang” can be found on Badu’s New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War), while Monch’s “Desire” is the title track of his album from 2007.

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7-Inch Series, Part 767 – Banda Achilifunk & Original Jazz Orquestra

Banda Achilifunk & Original Jazz Orquestra – Feeling
label: Lovemonk
year: 2012

side a: Feeling
side b: Bad

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7" Series 767: Banda Achilifunk & Original Jazz Orquestra – Feeling

Both these tracks can be found on the rather ace Gitano Real album. “Feeling” is an original written by Lalo López, who’s also a member of Fundación Tony Manero, and sung by Ramonet, one of the first four Big Names in the history of Catalan rumba, and Soraya Cortés aka Lady Gipsy. And “Bad”, well, “Bad” is “Bad”, innit?

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7-Inch Series, Part 766 – Aurra

Aurra – Perfect Date
label: Family Groove
year: 1984/2013

side a: Perfect Date
side b: Perfect Date (Instrumental)
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/aurra-pda.mp3|titles=Perfect Date|artists=Aurra]
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/aurra-pdb.mp3|titles=Perfect Date (Instrumental)|artists=Aurra]

7" Series 766: Aurra – Perfect Date

Fine, fine, FINE single brought to you by the fabulous Family Groove Records. Aurra was an offshoot of Slave. They had some hits with tunes like “Are You Single” and “Make Up Your Mind”, but after a few years the group split up, with Steve Washington on one side, and Starleana Young and Curt Jones on the other, both continuing to use the Aurra name. Washington replaced Young with his then wife Sheila Home Washington and Curt Jones with Mark Steven, and struck a deal with the mighty Quincy Jones to record the album Satisfaction for his Qwest label. However, Young and Jones claimed they owned the copyright to the Aurra name, and Qwest decided not to release the album, even though Washington eventually kept the name and the duo changed theirs to Déjà, going on to record hits like “You And Me Tonight”.

This summer, Family Groove is releasing Satisfaction for the very first time, and “Perfect Date” is the first single taken from it. Can’t wait for the album to come out.

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7-Inch Series, Part 765 – Among Brothers

Among Brothers – I Am Certain
label: Too Pure
year: 2012
amongbrothers.co.uk | amongbrothers.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/amongbrothers

side a: I Am Certain
side b: I Do Not Believe

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7" Series 765: Among Brothers – I Am Certain

TPSC strikes again. Or struck, rather, as this one was released in November 2012. I’m not always in the mood for this sound, but it’s rather good. What is this, “chamber pop”? My favourite is the A-side, I like the changes, it’s a four-minute suite and it vaguely reminds me of some of my beloved Motorpsycho‘s stuff.
Which is nice.

I think this is their first release on vinyl, after a CD EP, a cassette and a digital only single.

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7-inch Series, part 764 – Friendship / Die! Die! Die!

Friendship / Die! Die! Die! – Lifeguard / We Built Our Own Oppressors
label: Too Pure
year: 2010
soundcloud.com/friendship | facebook.com/wearefriendship
soundcloud.com/die-die-die | facebook.com/diediedieband

side a: Friendship – Lifeguard
side b: Die! Die! Die! – We Built Our Own Oppressors
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/friendship-lga.mp3|titles=Lifeguard|artists=Friendship]
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/friendship-lgb.mp3|titles=We Built Our Own Oppressors|artists=Die! Die! Die!]

7" Series 764: Friendship/Die! Die! Die! – Lifeguard/We Built Our Own Oppressor

“Lifeguard” by Londoners Friendship is my favourite of the two on this Too Pure Singles Club release from last year, but Die! Die! Die!’s “We Built Our Own Oppressors” isn’t half bad, either. The latter can also be found on their album Form, on the fantastic Flying Nun. They have just released a new full-length, Harmony, and I think it’s rather good.

Not sure what’s going on with Friendship (who had already featured in the TPSC in 2009, by the way). They (or he) don’t seem to have been too active lately. Which is a shame.

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7-inch Series, part 763 – Fresh Mark & Black Hawk

Fresh Mark & Black Hawk Feat. The Soul Investigators – I Got The Number
label: Number Nine Records
year: 2007

side a: Fresh Mark & Black Hawk – I Got The Number
side b: Black Hawk feat. The Soul Investigators – I Got The Number (Instrumental)
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/freshmarkblackhawke-nmbra.mp3|titles=I Got The Number|artists=Fresh Mark & Black Hawk]
[audio:http://www.chezlubacov.org/audio/7-inch/freshmarkblackhawke-nmbrb.mp3|titles=I Got The Number (Instrumental)|artists=Black Hawk Feat. The Soul Investigators]

7" Series 763: Fresh Mark & Black Hawk Feat. The Soul Investigators – I Got The Number

As far as I know this is the only single by Fresh Mark & Black Hawk. There’s some secrecy about their true identities, but after some not incredibly thorough investigation on the interweb, I believe that either Fresh Mark or Black Hawk (or maybe both) is Tobias Kirmayer (BEWARE: MySpace link), boss at the fabulous Tramp Records. The question is why he didn’t release this single on Tramp, though.

Anyway, “I Got The Number” is some heavy funk/hip-hop for serious rump shaking, with the fine contribution by The Soul Investigators, of Nicole Willis fame, as a bonus on the flipside.

I got the single from Dewey Sakitumi‘s Killa Cutz in Amsterdam.

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7-inch Series, part 762 – Frente Cumbiero

Frente Cumbiero – Pitchito
label: Names You Can Trust
year: 2010
frentecumbiero.com | facebook.com/frentecumbiero | soundcloud.com/frentecumbiero

side a: Pitchito
side b: Ananas Tornillo

7" Series 762: Frente Cumbiero – Pitchito

Two fine (nu-? Naaah just joking) cumbia tunes brought to you by Mario Galeano and his boys, who last year released an album with Mad Professor, inventively titled Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor. Galeano is also responsible for the fabulous Ondatrópica project, alongside Quantic, and his band mates, Eblis Alvarez (a.k.a. Meridian Brothers), Pedro Ojeda, and Marco Fajardo are on that album as well.

Here’s a short interview with the man on iCrates.