Here at Birthday Cake For Breakfast, we like to get to the heart of what an artist is all about. We feel the music they listen to is just as important as the music they make.
With the year coming to a close, we’ve decided to once again turn it on its head a bit and ask some of our favourite artists what releases they’ve been raving about this year. With that in mind, off the back of releasing debut album ‘Step on My Travelator: The Imagined Career Trajectory of Superstar DJ & Dance Pop Producer, Melvin Harris‘, we’re chuffed to have Acid Klaus aka Adrian Flanagan (founder/writer/co-producer for The Moonlandingz, International Teachers of Pop, Eccentronic Research Council) talk us through his favourite releases from the past 12 months.
“They’ve had a great run of EP’s have Jockstrap & this single is just brilliant. Their songs are musically inventive – like short films walking through different rooms. Great production and Georgia Elleray’s voice hits a real emotional sweet spot within its sonic dystopian landscape. 10 out of 10 also for the dog barking sample – I don’t take any music seriously unless it communicates also with animals. My dog klaus loves this record. Saying that, If a cow was listening to Meat is Murder by The Smiths, it would proper shit itself. Cows do not want to hear the sounds of abattoirs and other cows in distress… The amount of cows that became sheep eaters because of that record doesn’t bare thinking about!!“
“Cate Le Bon can do no wrong in my book, I’ve loved her forever. More so than ever over the past couple of years her music has connected with me almost like a perpetual psychic cuddle… I think due to me going through lots of personal loss, grief and my own shitty health issues I’ve been in a more self reflective and acutely sensitive Piscean head space. I think when you get in to your Middle Ages and you’ve been making music for decades to varying degrees of ‘anti success’ and almost every other week a family member, a friend, a musical hero etc passes away – you do get into these strange reflective headspaces where you think about your own legacy and what you’ve achieved and what you need to do next.
I love that ‘face down in heirlooms’ line… I often think of myself lying face down rotting in a room full of moth covered fisherman hats & boxes and boxes of c90 cassettes containing hundreds of unreleased and by and large terribly recorded songs – all being picked through and compiled by some musicologist for some 6 cd box set to be released by Cherry Red Records (ha)! I think It’s very important to undo your own mythologies every few years and try and lose the shittier aspects of what you use as your protective armour!!“
“This track reminds me of a few fun afternoons over the spring and summer in Manchester. I’m good pals with Audiobooks. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a good few years & I / Eccentronic Research Council did a little collab with their singer Evangeline during the first lockdown when we soundtracked a dream of hers. I think she’s one of the best lyricists in the country and has a very unique way of looking at the world which I think comes with being a little eccentric and having a very strong spiritual faith.
Her and David, the Welsh wizard of synthesis, are just brilliant together. When we could start going to gigs during & post the pandemic the first gig I went too was an Audiobooks show at The Social in London. Then Evangeline came to an ITOP show in London, then ran off halfway through! Ha! Then over the spring & summer of this year whenever they’ve been up North we’d usually hang out & do cultural things pre-show such as searching for pages in museums from the original handwritten copy of the bible – or trying to break into the Anthony Burgess Foundation in search of ultra violence and other silly but life affirming things – then we’d go eat naked burritos… Audiobooks are big fans of the naked Burrito. Good pals, good songs, good company. Which is rare as I pretty much despise 98% of all musicians. Every last one of them are shithouses!!“
“This album hasn’t been out long but I’ve been vibing on it over the past few weeks – it’s by the Mauskovic Dance Band who are based over in Amsterdam. Kind of African rhythms merged with live drum machines and percussion, new wave funk bass, Lee Perry style dubs and a whole lot of alien WONK!! Their bass player Mano contributed a bit of synth and live drum machine fills and dubs on my album/single track ‘The Three Rooms of Nightclub Marilyn’… Mano also has his own band called Baby’s Berserk who I love lots and whose singer Lieselot Elzinga also appears as lead singer on said Acid Klaus collaborative track. I look forward to the debut Baby’s Berserk album very much, hopefully 2023 will gift us this cultural future highlight.“
“An already classic of the Paranoid London live show finally gets its recorded vinyl release… If it’s not on the stereo at your family, friends, work colleagues Christmas parties you are doing Christmas all wrong. Strip off – douse yourself in goose fat, drop a box of Chinese firecrackers on the dancefloor and…“
New album ‘Step on My Travelator: The Imagined Career Trajectory of Superstar DJ & Dance Pop Producer, Melvin Harris‘ is out now on Zen F.C. (the label of them from Yard Act) – grab yourself a copy of the record here! You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter.