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 turn it on its head a bit and ask some of our favourite artists what releases from this year they’ve been raving about. With that in mind, we’re chuffed to have Adrian Flanagan of – deep breath – International Teachers Of Pop, Eccentronic Research Council, The Moonlandingz AND Adult Entertainment talk us through their favourite releases from the past 12 months. Take it away, Adrian…
“I’ve been touring International Teachers of Pop debut album all year, also finished the next ITOP album which is sounding good and we are ending the year with a few ITOP xmas events from the 19th -21st December in Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester, also just put out our new single featuring Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods. Not one for lying around on my arse all day, Dean Honer and I have also started recording a new Eccentronic Research Council collaboration with the writer Ian Rankin… and gently – and with caution we are dipping our toes back in to the world of The Moonlandingz, writing new genre defying and shit stirring popular music!
More recently, I’ve just started a new weird ‘erotic acid beat’ project called Adult Entertainment with my mate Charlotte Cannon from Salford, which I’m loving right now, seems to be going down pretty well with people too, we hope to put an EP out in 2020 with that project and get it out on the road more too… we have 3 headline shows coming up in February. Hopefully 2020 is gonna be a busy year and less hatred, racism, poverty and people called Boris!”
“My favourite album of the year by a country mile was the one gifted us by bad ass acid house dons, Paranoid London. I like the rawness of everything, definitely a sonic inspiration on my new project, Adult Entertainment. Music has become so overly produced and safe sounding that often my soul feels like it’s being grated, like cheese, over some overly cooked baked potato! If yer gonna make machine music, keep it raw, keep it simple, keep it sounding like a bunch of rave robots marching on Westminster with baseball bats, on disco biscuits! Honourable mention to related minstrels, Warmdusher too who’s album ‘Tainted Lunch’ has also been a fave!”
“Sidiku Buari was a Ghanian athlete/medal winning sportsman who moved to New York in the late 70’s where he ended up making this weird sex-cum-sport related high life/disco album… it’s safe to say Sidiku is a very horny gentleman and is probably only after one thing… this track is definitely my idea of romance!”
Singles of the year
“Love this raw Afro-Latin psych dub tune (via Amsterdam) by The Mauskovic Dance Band. It’s got a slight Cumbia vibe to it, a genre my pals Los Bitchos are peddling so sweetly around europa as we speak – but I like this for its little synth motifs and cheap drum machine fills… avoiding obvious formula is a winning formula!”
Altin Gun – ‘Supurgesi Yoncadan‘
(Gece, Glitterbeat Records)
“I love a lot of that Eastern Europe folk disco/rock hybrid that was coming out of Turkey in the 70’s like Baris Manco or Erwin Koray and Selda Bagcan… and I love these dudes who I think share band members with The Mauskovic Dance Band who are kind of doing a modern version of that cool ‘Turk Jurk’ music – and they do it very well!! I buy a lot of foreign language music and films and I’m glad I do – just in case the Tory party get back in power and we no longer hear or see another European voice again. The UK’s getting more and more like Cold War Russia every day, soon we’ll be having to smuggle cassette tapes into the country just so we can hear what music is going on in other countries… The Tories don’t believe in Culture and the arts, which is odd – considering it’s one of the UK’s biggest exports. For privately educated people, they’re a right bunch of Thicko’s!!“
Reissue Compilation of the year: Alternative Funk Volume 1 (Track – Vox Populi – ‘Alternative Fresh‘)
“Originally released on ‘cassette only’ in 1985 – this Cold wave punk funk collection of d.i.Y tape artists from France is great, non more so than this peculiar little ditty by Vox Populi!”
My tip for 2020 – Faux Real
“I look forward to seeing where these ragamuffins go in 2020, they’ve got a great aesthetic and a good ear for a kind of pop that doesn’t make me want to cut my own dick off and throw it in the river Irwell!… and hey, all the best pop has dance routines!”
Adult Entertainment have some live dates coming up in the new year too – Catch them at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge (sold out), Sheffield, LDN and Manchester! Recorded at The White Hotel in Salford, listen to ‘THE STASH’ from Adult Entertainment below!
International Teachers of pop have some live dates coming up in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham – Tickets of which can be purchased here. ‘I Stole Yer Plimsoles’ – the brand new International Teachers of Pop single (ft Jason Williamson) – is in all its dance-a-thon glory below!