Recommended listening: 'Estampida' by Victor Herrero (Foehn Records) Singer-songwriter and guitarist from Cádiz.
Alan Moore, as eloquent and incisive as ever, on the importance of Shirley Collins. The minimum target for the Kickstarter project to fund ‘The Ballad of Shirley Collins’ has now been reached, but there are still four days to go for more pledges. Visit http://kck.st/1lJ9k6Q
Todd Terje’s ‘Extra Døll Mix’ of ‘Balearic Incarnation’ by Dølle Jølle: a joyous summer house anthem if every there was one. A few years old but now available again in the Permanent Vacation Classic Series. Hot summer nights are in full effect in Barcelona (Spotify required.)
The Guardian: ‘Soviet Ghosts’ – an empire in decay in pictures. The countries of the former Eastern Bloc are full of abandoned monuments to the glory of the Soviet Union. Risking arrest and radiation, Rebecca Litchfield took a road trip through the ruined hospitals, barracks, prisons and spy stations to produce a haunting ghost story in bricks and mortar. See more photos at http://bit.ly/1qR6qzl
There’s something captivating about scenes of urban decay. ‘The Ruins of Detroit’ photos are incredible; visit www.marchandmeffre.com
Speaking of Anja Schneider and Mobilee Records, I’ve never followed them closely, but the title track from her new ‘Dubmission’ EP is top quality groovy techno with a definite old school vibe. I really like this one (Spotify required.)
The July/August issue of Barcelona Miniguide magazine is available around town now, and the clubbing section includes my preview of the Mobilee rooftop parties taking place at Hotel Silken Diagonal throughout the summer. Anja Schneider will be headlining on July 13. There’s also a preview of Hernan Cattaneo playing at La Terrrazza on July 18, while the music section includes a piece about Wire, one of the original new wave bands who are still making great music, playing live at Razzmatazz on July 22. Visit the Miniguide website at http://miniguide.es
Sound of sweet summer rain above the traffic noise of Travessera de Dalt on a humid July evening. Field recording, Travessera de Dalt, 21:00, 7 July 2014.