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Daily Vibes

2013

Amateurism is a platform for a collective of like-minded souls to share their passion for music via daily “vibes”, general ramblings or regular downloadable podcast mixes.

Amateurism; we measure vibes in strength.​

Vibes

Trio - Da Da Da (Version Originale Anglaise)

Leo Walton

Just another example to prove my much broadcasted opinion that 1982 was the golden year for unusual pop music. This little ditty from the German band Trio is a strange mix of clashing elements that simply shouldn't work, but it's carried out with such pizazz that (to me) its the very definition of vibes.

In review: A relentless casio-influenced bleeping groove gives the backbone to Stephan Remmler's droll but brilliant "Da, Da, Da" vocal. Combine that with just the right amount of off-kilter breakdowns, uplifting guitar licks and the truly tropical piano chords that are used with wonderful restraint, and quite simply, you have an AMATEURISM HIT.

"Ich lieb' dich nicht du lebst mich nicht" 5/5


Saitana - The Disco

Leo Walton

We start this week with a record so hard to find that this might just be the only medium we all get to listen to it. But, that shouldn't deter any enjoyment.

Brought to the party by original amateur Barny Read, it's another amazing find, and a great example of just how creative and cool the scene in Soweto was back in the day.

As ever, enjoy x


Gainsbourg - Evguénie Solokov

Leo Walton

Hello there - is anybody out there?

Yes, we know, the break has been a long one.

But, no, we didn't simply stop. Instead, we've been continuing to dig and explore as ever, whilst occupying ourselves with exciting new professional ventures... but, that's enough professionalism for now... Now is the time for Amateurism once more.

We'll be trying our very best to continue where we left off, sharing our musical discoveries ("vibes", if you will) with you on a regular basis throughout the summer and beyond. And with that, we also welcome a new amateur to the gang in Andrew Stanning - a gentleman we met at the wonderful place that is Glastonbury Festival, just a few weeks back.

Andrew was playing records before myself (Leo) and Rob (aka The Mange Two) stepped up to the decks for our first set of the weekend, and his fantastic selections - and all-round approach, attitude and vibe - left a lasting impression on us both.... As did this tune, which Andrew dropped just near the end of his late morning set.

In his own words: "the Serge song is Evguénie Sokolov, with Dave Collins on organ and Sly & Robbie behind. Evguénie Sokolov was a novel that Serge wrote about an artist who used his intestinal gasses as the medium for his "scandalous artwork".

And with that, we return once again - it's good to be back x


Mahotella Queens - Wozani Mahipi (Hippies Come to Soweto)

Leo Walton

Today's joint comes the wonderful Mahotella Queens trio from South Africa.

We're not going to sit here and pretend like we know a lot about their songs, or even the power of the message they're proclaiming on this one... But, there's a vibe on this that just makes us move - and we know from the title that it's about the arrival of hippies in Soweto. So, on those two levels alone, we dig.

We hope you do too.


Mim Suleiman - Nyuli - Dub mix

Leo Walton

We're still here.......

And we return from a rather lengthy period of silence with a little dancefloor ditty from an all-time Amateurism favourite - the genius that is Mr. Maurice Fulton.

This one is a Dub mix of Zanzibar-born singing legend Mim Suleiman's 'Nyuli', released vinyl only on Running Back in 2010.

As you can expect, it's ace!


Jan Hammer Group - Don't You Know

Leo Walton

I've said it before, and i'll say it again... Every now and then I find a record that just blows me away, a record that I find completely infectious and simply have to listen to over and over again.

This, my friends, is that record - right now. To put it short, I think this is 3m10s of perfection.

A fusion jazz-soul-techno-lullaby from 1977. Oh yes - the Jan Hammer Group.

WOW.


Skatebård - Starwatcher II

Leo Walton

Really, really feeling this one. Brought forward by our resident amateur from north of the border, Aymen (aka one half of Battle of the Zoo), this 2010 released cyber-tech jam from Norway's Skatebård is very classy.

As Aymen puts it, he's "dancing in space" and that definitely feels fitting. Starwatcher II manages to feel both clean and smooth, whilst retaining the rawness and stripped back feel that we all love so much. One to just sit back and let it ride, I particularly like the drum break and then switch up from around 6mins - all the best electronic records should have a little surprise at the end if you ask me.

Respect where respect is due.