'SESHWYN, you play too much good music.' 'SESHWYN, you give us too much free content.' 'SESHWYN, my wife is angry at me because I listen to you more than I listen to her.'
Alright, alright, calm down. You've spoken, and we've listened. Apparently we're too generous with our time, effort and musical knowledge so we're going on a lean & flex ting and stripping down. After sticking to the 12 song format for a year now (since Episode 9), we're trying something new. Well kind of new, it's more or less what we've always done but with a few less tracks and a slight reduction in chat, but still delivering 100% obscure bangers.
Let us know your thoughts, as much as change scares us, we're always willing to shake things up for you, the beautiful listener. Oh and one more thing:
SESHWYN'S COMING HOME
EPISODE 22 IS LIVE NOW.
We might have reduced the number of songs played but there's still plenty of new classics added to the EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist below. Follow it or forever be lost.
FINALLY. Ever since the start of this podcast Hanra and I have been trying to play one of Christy's many projects on the podcast and he's been shooting us down. You could call it modesty but Christy has finally relented and chosen to play one of his hot new Stages In Faith tracks.
Stages In Faith feature members of Splitknuckle, Frame Of Mind, Mankind, Mourning and the SESHWYN PODCAST and they've taken all their hardcore sensibilities and plugged them into a 90's Alt Rock sound that has long since been missing. 'Floodlights' is from their latest two track release on Quality Control Records and was recorded live at Fuzzbrain Studios by Ben Spence from Dreamherbs (SESHWYN alumni, Episode 6). It's brilliant, as is everything Christy turns his hand too, and their debut album can't come soon enough.
'Masayoshi Takanaka, I know of that guy!' I hear you cry. Well eagle eared listener, I'm glad to see that you're learning along with us as you're right to recognise that name. Hanra played another 'An Insatiable High' from the Japanese master back on Episode 13 and he's so good he's played him twice.
'Soon' comes from the 1981 album The Rainbow Goblins which is inspired by an Italian children's novel of the same name. Written by Ul de Rico, the story is about 'seven goblins, each named after a color of the rainbow, who lasso rainbows and each drink their prescribed color in order to survive'. The song opens with an excerpt of the text before launching into the shimmering Jazz Fusion.
Chicago three piece rap outfit BBU first came to my attention for their collaboration with Das Racist on 'Please, No Pictures'. Somewhat ridiculous but wholly catchy, BBU seemed to perfectly match Das Racist and their off the wall lyrics, and with a name such as 'Black, Brown and Ugly', I assumed they were the Midwest counterparts to the NYC underground legends.
However what stood out to most on their 2012 mixtape Bell Hooks was 'Jumpers' and its decidedly serious tone, a move I hadn't quite expected during my first listen. Racial tensions, mortality, gun control and debates over the use of the N-word are all quickly discussed on the track, which arguably rings even more true now then it did six years ago.
Hanra continues to bring the disco and funk to the table with Rim And Kasa. Rim Kwaku Obeng, originating from Ghana, obtained the title of 'Master Drummer' by age 18 and later settled in Los Angeles to record two albums, Rim Arrives which was issued under his birth name, and Too Tough which was credited to Rim And Kasa.
'Love Me For Real' comes from the latter and became an underground disco hit, with the rare LPs coveted by DJs and collectors alike. Finally reissued in 2015, the originals still sell for crazy money but at least the average fan can pick up a copy for reasonable money these times.
'Oh no' you cry, 'The music is over for another month, what else can I possibly do to pass the time?' Well you could start by telling us WHO WOULD WIN in a fight to the death between Diego Maradona and Paul Gascoigne. No weapons, no gear, VOTE HERE. Chuck us a follow whilst you're at it and send any song suggestions, feedback, love notes or hate mail to us there too.
That's it until next month, get outside and enjoy the sun but remember to put on sun cream. Skin cancer is no joke.
Peace and love as always,