DJ Aphrodisiomanics Review of Broadcaster Folksploitation
Take one folk singer born in the 1930s and their songs, warp drive them to the here and now, mix together with sounds of club dub and offer the finished product to the masses and watch them groove.
And when I write masses, I dont mean just todays yoof. I mean those olde folk who wouldnt normally be seen shakin their booty so physically unless they were experiencing a grand mal.
OK, Ill admit Im not alluding to any folk singer, this folk singer is a lady with pedigree and proven talent one can only dream of having, but what kind of a lunatic would you have to be to think that that amalgamation would work? I mean, wouldnt you raise an eyebrow (at the very least) if someone pitched that mad idea to you?
Now let me give you a couple of names:
Folk singer = Peggy Seeger
No lunatic as it can be seen by the final cut, but a genius = Broadcaster
Ill try and forgive some of you for perhaps not having heard of Peggy Seeger. Ill put it down to your age, after all before this album Id not heard of Broadcaster who in 2008 did something magical with 60s ballads on an album called Primary Transmission which, at the time, got great reviews.
So for those of you who have already discovered Broadcaster, please try and forgive me and put it down to my age for I am only 20 years younger than Peggy.
Ive been listening to music for a long, long time and theres inevitably a track on every album one listens to that you think is a bit weak and not as good as the rest. Well, thats not happened on this album. Every track on Folksploitation is awesome and for once I dont hesitate to use that word. Nowadays awesome tends to get over-used and lose its true meaning, but not here.
Peggys singing is, as it always has been, crystal clear and hypnotic and nothing has been diminished by time. If I had the literary skills, I would want to write reams about her, but it doesnt take a lot of effort for you to see that others more able have already done so on this wonderous inter-webby thing
.I used the word genius earlier. Wikipedia describes genius as someone embodying exceptional intellectual ability and creativity, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of unprecedented insight Q.E.D.
My favourite on the album, by a meerkats whisker, would be First Time Ever. Theres something definitely Numan-esque which I love, reminiscent of Are Friends Electric.
I was too young to catch the original written for Peggy by Ewan MacColl, but I remember it sung by Roberta Flack in 1972. Both have their merits.
Folksploitation is a masterpiece. Not many people get the chance to own one, so buy it
http://www.redgraperecordsshop.com Anyone who pre-orders will get the album before it's officially out. The shop only accepts PayPal payments unfortunately so anyone who doesn't use PayPal can pre-order it as a download from iTunes:
Or on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Folksploitation-Broadcaster-Featuring-Peggy-Seeger/dp/B00870DWVO/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342261208&sr=8-1-fkmr1
Broadcasters website: http://broadcasteruk.com/ & Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BroadcasterUK
DJ Aphrodisiomanic - Indie Showcase & Awesome Radio
14th July 2012