I think I saw Jamie xx the other day. He walked past me as I was leaving work in Shoreditch but it was only as he passed that I processed who he was, or at least who I thought he was. By the time I turned round he was already making his way down the street with his skateboard in hand and I wasn’t going to chase him down. I questioned if he was even the skating type which make me doubt my initial identification but upon further investigation I rediscovered the ‘Loud Places’ video which has him and Romy skating around London (and my beloved Barbican) which banished my uncertainty but only amplified my regret.
The real shame of it was that I never got to ask him all the questions that I’ve always wanted to, such as: “What was Gil-Scott Heron like?”, “Can you hook me up with a copy of the ‘Far Nearer/Beat For’ 12” single? I don’t want to pay the Discogs prices” or most importantly, “Have you ever listened to the Wait What Notorious xx mash-up album? If so, are you a fan and are you open to the idea of a hologram Biggie Smalls at the next Night + Day Festival?”
Anyway that’s enough celebrity daydreaming, here’s Episode 25 of the SESHWYN PODCAST.
First up on the hard to find tracks was my Random Country Track for the mighty Bangladesh. I went sifting through the Bandcamp artists and found Psyoken and their track ‘Newsflash’.
Hailing from Dhaka, I literally don’t have any further information on the band or their sole release, 2010’s In Everything as I couldn’t find any other social media accounts or reviews and they never replied to my Bandcamp message. What I can tell you is that their Lo-fi Indie sound reminded me of The Microphones and Daniel Johnston and instantly won me over. There’s a couple of heavier tracks too and I wish they had more releases to delve into. Check out this album and hit them up too, hopefully we can get an answer from them eventually and I’ll finally be able to sleep at night.
Hanra’s own Random Country Track was another Bandcamp banger, serving us up ‘Mutiny’ by Skafu, a punk band from Suriname.
According to one random website I found, ‘The band has been together ten years and was formerly known as A Distant Head Disorder and De Rotte Appels’ but my favourite quote about them comes from a Dutch Noisey article that declares ‘Furthermore, they absolutely do not like capitalism and politics, as befits true punks.’
I think the band themselves sum it up best though as they state that they are ‘Makin' music and havin' fun’ and that’s all it’s really about at the end of the day.
Hanra’s caps us off with the soothing sound of blaring Jungle music. Orca was the early alias of Darren Beale & Kristian Townsend and it seems like they weren’t satisfied with just the one group/pseudonym as according to Discogs they’ve also worked together using the names Akasha FX, Alpha Proxima, Dubspeeka, Orca, Psykis, Telesto, The Acoustic Hoods, and Ways & Means. At what point do you simply forget what you’ve used and when?
Whilst ‘4am’ was initially released in 1993 it appears to have stayed in heavy rotation over the years as it’s been repressed several times, before Burial used it during his radio mix with Kode9 on BBC 6 the other day and Hanra swiped it to bring to the SESHWYN airwaves as well.
The EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist has yet again been updated with the latest tracks and I was recently told by one of our faithful listeners that she had it playing on shuffle during a family get together. Apparently there were mixed reactions, but given the sheer range of genres and artists in there, I wasn’t very surprised. Play it to your grandparents and let us know how you get on.
In other news, our latest online vote was more of a fight for the seat than a fight to the death as Christy asked WHO SHOULD GO? on the Stages In Faith/Lawful Killing weekender that’s coming up in October as only Hanra or myself could fit in the motor. It was a closely fought battle…until 30 minutes left of a 7 day voting period which led to a landslide victory.
Hanra has openly declared to using BOTS (Russian interference in a crucial election again?) and rigged, sorry, ‘won’ the vote. As the gentleman and scholar that I am, I’ve let him take the seat but sadly we’re going to have to implement stricter rules in future to prevent this type of behavior.
All that aside, get hyped because our October edition of the SESHWYN Podcast will be themed and we’re bringing you the fantastically obscure tracks that have been sampled on your favourite songs. Expect to let out a few “Ahhh so that’s where that came from. Who knew?” and rest safe in the knowledge that we knew. SESHWYN always knows.
Peace and love to everyone, except Heavy Crew.