Sun. Storm. Sleep. Summer in London is starting to sound a lot like a bootleg Godspeed You! Black Emperor album, but with day festivals on the horizon we'll have to make the best of it, come rain or shine.
I've been thinking a lot about festival aesthetics though. Bucket hats and wavy shirts are ten a penny now, you've got fools dressing up in Native American headdresses and every time Wireless rolls around, a glitter drought sweeps through the South East. People can wear what they like in my book but I'm struggling to think of anything that would genuinely surprise me these days. Answers on a postcard if you cobble together a SESHWYN worthy outfit.
Anyway, Episode 21 of the SESHWYN PODCAST is live for your listening pleasure now.
The EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist has of course been updated with this episode's offerings, taking us up to the best part of 12 hours of non-stop Seshwyn suggestions. If you haven't subscribed yet, then you're really not getting full use out of your Spotify subscription.
It's hard to say much about Christy's pick Sunshine Crew when there's so little known about them. 'Tectonic' only surfaced online a few days ago and yet this Essex mob harnesses the sound and vibes of underground raves from 20 years ago.
Potentially recorded on a Nokia 3310, one rumour circulating the dark web alleges that after a particularly heavy warehouse session in Stanford-Le-Hope, the lads claim to have felt the very tectonic plates of the earth moving beneath their feet and from that day they vowed to never again head further west than Corringham. Feeling far from condemned with their Essex life sentence, they've channelled the positivity of the sesh into their music and created a new genre dubbed Essex Hardcore, or EHC for short. Keep your eyes peeled on these legendary reprobates.
If 'América Latina' sounds familiar, then you've probably heard one of the greatest Hip-hop records of all time, Madvillainy. If that's not where you know it from then you're probably much more into Brazilian Samba music then I initially gave you credit for.
Christy found Osmar Milito & Quarteto Forma's original just as Madlib did whilst crate-digging out in Brazil in 2002, which led to the aforementioned sample on 'Raid', but 'América Latina' was actually recorded/released in 1972 for the soundtrack of the popular soap-opera 'Selva de Pedra'.
Hanra's Liberia pick brought us Morris Dorley and his track 'Chua-Pua', taken from the Sandemania album which was released in memory of the Liberian poet, novelist, folklorist and essayist Bai T. Moore.
Beyond that, it's hard to find much at all about Dorley other than that he was part of the rebirth of Liberian music in the 1970s when Liberian artists started singing in local dialects.
New York rapper Despot is arguably the best to never do it. Infamous for his incredible lyricism and incredibly slow output, his debut album has been planned for the best part of 15 years but is yet to have a firm release date.
Averaging about a verse a year, often a guest feature, his army of devoted fans deem themselves lucky when a full Despot song drops. I'm fairly certain that he's trolling us all at this stage but having graced tracks for the likes of Run The Jewels, Das Racist, Blood Orange, Vampire Weekend, Ratking and Ratatat, it's clear to see that he's respected by even the best in the game.
'Look Alive' proves my point as it came out in 2009 but still sounds heavy and fresh in 2018. I have no doubts that he's meticulously crafting a masterpiece in his own sweet time. Winner of the album of the year in 2043 for sure.
It's been a tough month for researching some of these tracks, the boys are definitely trying to keep me on my toes and Hanra's pick from Avi Matos is no exception. I'm not quite sure how he finds Israeli reggae music but here we are anyway.
Considering that the 1986 debut LP that 'Hasheket Shebach' is found on goes for big money but has never been repressed and only 8 people on Discogs claim to own it proves that this is definitely rare. Beyond that, I can't tell you much more so enjoy the vibes.
Hanra also unearthed a lost Christine Lakeland classic. The title track from her 1984 debut album, 'Veranda' sounds like if Fleetwood Mac stole the 'Simple Man' chords and recorded their own song.
We're probably stretching a bit here but Christine was married to J.J. Cale of The Velvet Underground until his death in 2013 and he had written some songs for Lynyrd Skynyrd back in the day, so maybe there's a connection here after all. Let me dust off my magnifying glass, I'll update you with the investigation next month.
That's that for another month, we're already digging through the internet archives to find the murkiest and most mystical melodies for you all, but until then you can check us out on Twitter @SESHWYN and for the very first time, over on Instagram @SESHWYN.
Hit us up with any song or theme suggestions or maybe just cast you vote on this month's WHO WOULD WIN. Let's meet here again in June, but until then, take it easy.
Peace and love,