Weekly Dose #5

0 Posted by - Oct 3, 2012 - News and MP3s, TEN4SE7EN

Welcome to another musical smörgåsbord of tunes, freshly stumbled across this very week. As ever there’s a lovely WHYD.COM Playlist enabling you to listen or indeed swiftly click next on any track without having to scroll through loads of words, or visit MLD’s Whyd page to sample selections from previous weeks.
The huge ever-growing SPOTIFY Playlist continues to do just that but this week our Swedish friends only had five of the tunes.

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While weeding out the seemingly random collection of numbers and words collected in the notes of my old mobile I came across one from six months ago saying “PSB Spitfire“. I almost deleted it, safe in the knowledge that I’d heard enough late era Pet Shop Boys for one lifetime but thankfully a google later and up popped, Public Service Broadcasting.

The London duo of J. Willgoose Esq & Wrigglesworth build tracks around samples of old public information or propaganda films, with “Spitfire” being a fantastic collaboration with the BFI who gave the pair permission to extensively plunder 1942 war flick “The First Of The Few”(YouTube). “Spitfire” is taken from The War Room EP, the cover of which features an amazing picture of Holland House library with Londoners still browsing the books as if untroubled by the destruction.

The sign of a great fighter in the ring is… can he get up from the fall after being knocked down… London does this every morning

London Can Take It“(Youtube) is an inspiring Blitz themed tribute to the capital and if anything out guns Spitfire. Imagine the KLF meeting Kraftwerk and duelling on banjo’s whilst sampling an American journalist intoning about our mighty city, it might sound like this. The film of the same name was shown to American audience to bolster support for Britain and its allies.

New single “Everest” (video above) sees them broadening the concept out a little to include the 1953 film ‘The Conquest of Everest‘, which told the story of Hillary, Tensing et al’s successful ascent of the worlds tallest mountain. It ends with the most famous four word answer in mountaineering history, when asked why “should a man climb Everest“, George Mallory who died trying replied simply “because it is there“.