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Mark Kimber Songbyrd Radio Episode 80: Classic Albums By Women featuring Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy joined our D.C. host Joe Lapan on his most recent episode of Songbyrd Radio to discuss our very first book, Classic Albums By Women. If you missed the broadcast you can stream the full show below.

Read: Preview: Classic Albums By Women


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CAS John Lee Hooker ‘Burnin’ Vinyl Giveaway

Join our community to be in with a chance of winning a vinyl copy of John Lee Hooker Burnin’ courtesy of Charly Records.

Join our community here.

We will contact a lucky winner at the end of November. All you have to do is join the community to be in with a chance!

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Mark Kimber The Legacy of Aphex Twin in Five Records

When Richard D. James started making waves in the early ‘90s British dance music had already separated itself into distinct (and sometimes opposing) schools of thought. Amongst these factions a subset which would come to be known as I.D.M (Intelligent Dance Music) eschewed the four to the floor template for increasingly complex, occasionally indecipherable, technical exercises which utilised the available recording technology to its fullest potential. Under the aliases of Aphex Twin, AFX, The Dice Man, and many others, James became a reluctant figurehead of this scene. Yet, unlike so many of his peers, the studio wunderkind found a sweet spot between head spinning complexity and foot-tapping fun, imbuing his music with the essence of a schoolboy prankster. His sense of humour, coupled with an impressively broad command of genre, has ensured James’s position as an important ancestor of today’s increasingly fluid underground dance scenes. Below are some of the current innovators redefining the boundaries of electronic music….

Floating Points – Crush (2019)

The second full length dispatch from neuroscientist turned beat-smith Sam Shepard features some his finest work to date. Composed using classic synths such as the Rhodes Chroma and the Buchla modular system, Crush expands upon the florid melodic jazz-stylings of classic Floating Points material with orchestral flourishes and immersive soundscapes inspired by Shepard’s fascination with both the power of technology and the tranquility of nature.

Listen: Aphex Twin ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Toxe – Blinks (2018)

Incubated by the genre-smashing global club scene, Toxe first emerged with the incredible Muscle Memory EP in 2015, which introduced her unique brand of elegant, bone-crushing techno. Tove Agelii’s latest release, Blinks, dials back some of the weight and intensity to focus further on the sugary trance-inspired melodies that echo Japanese video-game soundtracks. In doing so she joins a long line of producers finding new spaces at the edge of the dance-floor.

Lanark Artefax – Corra Lin (2019)

When Lanark Artefax released his debut EP to universal acclaim in 2017 he attracted the attention of electronic veterans such as Björk and Aphex Twin. Despite the unenviable task of following such a runaway success, Calum MacRae knocks it out of the park again with his latest EP, Cora Linn. The impressive title track marries steroid-soaked junglist breaks, disembodied choirs, and rib-rattling bass, contorting the traditional peak-time club banger into new and strange shapes.

Watch: Ben Hayes performs Aphex Twin ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’ at Kind of New

Objekt – Cocoon Crush (2018)

Objekt’s reputation as a producer of killer 12”’s has been largely unrivaled throughout the last decade, but his talent for sound design and sonic world-building is equally impressive. Following his debut album Flatland TJ Hertz released his followup, Cocoon Crush, in 2018 to a similarly rapturous response. Steady beats and rhythms are largely cast aside in favour of complex textures which evoke sticky alien flesh and extraterrestrial fauna, resulting in an album that’s as impressive as it is disorienting.

Kelly Moran – Ultraviolet (2018)

Operating at the intersection between electronic music and the avant-garde orchestra, Kelly Moran’s prepared piano compositions offer intricately woven sheets of sound which recall the calmer moments of Aphex Twin’s 2001 album Drukqs. Having already released three albums since 2016 she signed to Warp records in 2018, joining the multi-generational pioneering ranks of its roster. Ultraviolet exemplifies Moran’s talent for constructing kaleidoscopic prisms of sound, refracting each note through delay and reverb hardware to create sumptuous compositions of moving beauty.

Owen Jones

Read: The Story of Aphex Twin ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’


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Mark Kimber TLC’s Top 5 Album’s of All Time


Missy Elliot – Miss E… So Addictive

This album marked for me a new era in Hip Hop production. It made me fall more deeply in love with the art form and helped me to see the possibilities of the genre. It is meticulously written and produced and I was on tour with Herbie Hancock when it came out and we listened together and talked in depth about the moving sounds and textures that kept our ear engaged – “ear candy’ that made this album distinct, keeping “jazz elite” listeners captivated. I learned so much from this album.

Rachelle Ferrell – Individuality (Can I Be Me?)

A masterpiece from Rachelle Ferrell, meticulously produced by George Duke, and Rachelle herself. I know this from the recording and mixing engineer, Erik Zobler, and George, that Rachelle is a master in the studio. Her songs and collaborations are amazing on this project. Her vocal performances are outstanding and the other thing I like is that it is a predominantly live recording (opposed to programmed) and was written and produced in a timeless fashion, so will remain a classic.

Joni Mitchell – Don Juan’s Reckless Daughters

This album is brilliant. And I can’t really describe how I felt when I first heard Paprika Plains, especially. It is a masterpiece, much of which seems improvised by Joni. The album is true Americana – maybe before the industry used that term widely to describe a genre of music. The jazz influences are there strongly with Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter, aw well as the incredible percussionists on the album. They are all my favorites – Don Alias, Manolo Badrena, Alex Acuna, nd Airto Moreira. This is also the best in what has been called World Music. Joni has always reached for something different, reached for the best within herself, and collaborated with other master musicians, reaching a universal audience and sound that defies category. She is one of my favorite artists and though I picked this album, it is impossible for me to really pick a favorite Joni Mitchell album. She inspires me with whatever she does.

Miles Davis – Miles Smiles

The repertoire, the quintet that I love, and the freedom of their performances, makes this one of the important recordings for me, contributing greatly to my development. This sound was new for me when I heard it. I loved Delores and later met the women it was written for and felt I knew something about her due to Wayne Shorter’s composition. Freedom Jazz dance and Gingerbread Boy were ‘cover’ songs and I fell in love with the modern approach Davis’ band took. And of course Footprints was a masterpiece in how to play openly in ¾, which inspires me greatly.

Keith Jarrett Trio – Still Live

This trio has my mentor and strongest drum inspiration, Jack DeJohnette on drums, along with Gary Peacock on bass. I particularly like this trio because of the beauty and inventiveness they brought to the standards we have heard before many times. The lyricism of Keith is singular and the trio set a personal standard for me of what direction I head toward when playing the standard repertoire. Also, this trio helped me to understand group improvisation, and how the drums and the drummer can dance in its own way, opposed to keep time and or be relegated to supporting others dance. Jack, for me, displays on the instrument all of the things that I want the drums to do – breathe, dance, keep time, tell stories, paint, and more….


Read: The Legacy Of Lauryn Hill In Five Records


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CAS Nina Simone ‘Black Gold’ Legacy Playlist

Few artists command the respect of Nina Simone, she was the master of vocal versatility.  Subtle changes of her voice to suit whatever the music needed from traditional the traditional sounds of jazz and gospel to the modern flavours of r&b and rock.

Check out this playlist of music that has been influenced by the legacy of Nina Simone including Terri Lyne Carrington, Joan Baez, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Common and many more.

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CAS Nina Simone ‘Black Gold’ Musical Leadup Playlist

Recorded in 1969 and released in 1970, Black Gold was one of the final albums released before Nina Simone’s time in the United States came to an abrupt end. The album is especially notable because it features the civil rights anthem song ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black’.

With the release of the album also came an LP called An Evening with Nina Simone. It was a recorded interview about the album. The questions were provided in written form, so that radio DJ’s could ask the questions and play Simone’s recorded answers, as if she were in the studio!

Check out the music that inspired the album including Debussy, Bach, Gershwin, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and much more.

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Stafford Presents Led Zeppelin ‘Led Zeppelin II’

Led Zeppelin II is the second album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 22 October 1969 in the United States and on 31 October 1969 in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in both the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969. The album’s production was credited to the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page, and it was also Led Zeppelin’s first album on which Eddie Kramer served as engineer. It was entirely recorded using the core band members, Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards) and John Bonham (drums).

The album exhibited the band’s evolving musical style of blues-derived material and their guitar riff-based sound. It has been described as the band’s heaviest album. Six of the nine songs were written by the band, while the other three were reinterpretations of Chicago blues songs by Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf. One single, “Whole Lotta Love”, was released outside of the UK (the band would release no UK singles during their career), and peaked as a top-ten single in over a dozen markets around the world.

Come and listen to playback of the album as never heard before on our world class Audiophile Hifi system.


Time and Date: Sunday November 10th 2019 4:00pm – 8:00pm


Bank House Salter Street, Stafford ST16 2JU


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Audio Menu

AVID Ingenium/Project Turntable
Harbeth Super HL5 Plus Speakers
Speaker Stands provided by Hi Fi Racks

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CAS Terri Lyne Carrington on Nina Simone

Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will be joined by EFG London Jazz Festival artist in residence Terri Lyne Carrington on Sunday 17th November 2019 to take in an in depth look at one of Terri’s favourite albums, Nina Simone Black Gold.

Tickets available here.

Terri will be interviewed on her love of the album and why it has endured as a masterpiece. This will be followed by a full playback of the album on our audiophile soundsystem. The event will conclude with a Q&A with the audience allowing fans to ask questions of their own.

Terri is a legendary American drummer, composer, singer, and producer who has worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves and Esperanza Spalding amongst others.

She will be taking up residence over the first weekend of the festival in Kings Place, as part of their Venus Unwrapped series, in what will be her first EFG London Jazz festival appearance since 2016.

Her outfit, Social Science in her own words ‘.. was born from a need to express the emotions and thoughts about where we are socially, historically, politically, and spiritually. This alternative jazz band reflects a contemporary/post-modern view on music’ . It is an eclectic stylistic blend, borrowing from jazz, indie rock, contemporary classical, hip hop, and free improvisation. It’s jazz for the eclectic listener, reflecting the musical and social atmosphere of today.


Time and Date: Sunday 17th November 2019 11:30am


Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG


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CAS Classic Album Sundays London Presents Joni Mitchell ‘Blue’

Our final event of the year in London features the winner from our online poll allowing our followers to vote for which album they would like to hear! The votes have been counted and we have a clear winner, Joni Mitchell Blue will lead us into Christmas. Join us at Brilliant  Corners in Dalston on Sunday 1st December at 3pm.

Tickets available here.

Released in 1971, the album reflects the disillusionment and disenchantment felt by a generation during the closing of The Sixties.

“It’s a description of the times,” Mitchell attests. “There were so many sinking but I had to keep thinking I could make it through the waves. You watched that high of the hippie thing descend into drug depression. Right after Woodstock, then we went through a decade of basic apathy where my generation sucked it’s thumb and then just decided to be greedy and pornographic.” She certainly doesn’t mince her words!

Alongside this universal theme of bereaving the end of an era runs a personal account of the loss of love. Mitchell had just willingly departed from a long, deep relationship with Graham Nash and she also reflects upon shorter but very intense affairs with James Taylor and Leonard Cohen. There is the conflict between love and freedom as in that period, women were supposed to repress their creative spirit to be tied down to family and domestic life. Mitchell’s spirit could not be bound.

However, in terms of which song is about whom, Mitchell replies, “It doesn’t matter who the guy is. Too much attention is put on the gossip and not on the art.”

And what art it is. Mitchell has a unique way of marrying the lyrics to the music so that they create a singular mood or as she says, “My words and music are locked together.”


Time and Date: Sunday 1st December 2019 3pm – 5:30pm


Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE


£10 in advance


Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

Audio Menu

Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner, Klipschorn Loudspeakers and Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers

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