MIX: Boogie Plaza

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Merry-Go-Round by Tatsuro Yamashita

100% Godzilla bass from the funkiest number one “album of the year 1983”, Melodies.

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Town by Minako Yoshida

Came across this from an impulse buy at Sister Ray recently, through Rush Hour Recordings reissue of this heavy stomper backed with “Midnight Driving” from Minako’s album, Monochrome.

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Behind The Mask by Yellow Magic Orchestra

Cruise through YMO’s vocoder metropolis from one of my fave albums ever.

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Hesitation by Mya & The Mirror

Taken from Medical Records’ 2014 Fuzz Dance compilation, this sample-ready tune is Mya & The Mirror’s only release.

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I Wanna Be Your Lover by La Bionda

Absolute fave track ever, that I take every opportunity to force on people.

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Koi No Projection by Kikuchi Momoko

Sultry funk from super idol Kikuchi Momoko. All her album covers make it look like she is always on holiday (see Ocean Side and Adventure for evidence).

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Tonite’s The Night (All Right) by Take Three

Bongo banger from Dâm-Funk’s DJ Kicks album, released last year.

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Yume No Tsuzuki by Mariya Takeuchi

Young love jam, salvaged from ballad-ridden Request.

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It’s Your Move by Diana Ross

You know you’ve heard it before. No shame.

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REVIEW: Guild S-100 Polara

I was lucky enough to pinch a dream guitar of mine recently, thanks to a bit of luck with the ghastly Black Friday sales, which we all know are generally used for clearing dead stock under the guise of a rare bargain. Regardless of whether that’s completely true or not, someone saw fit to put this lovely Guild on sale and I snapped it up, clearly no better than everyone else who doesn’t practice what they preach. Anyway…

The S-100 has been in my mind for quite a while, ever since I saw this video, where Kim Thayil from Soundgarden details his love of the S-100, Guild’s South Korean-made, offset adaption of the Gibson SG frame. I’d been meaning to get my hands on an SG since I first started playing, but having tried out a few different Epiphone models, I’d never really found one that seemed right, so after becoming aware of Guild’s contribution, I thought this might be a solution in the future. Sadly, you don’t seem to find many Guild dealers in the UK, so I forgot about it until one popped up in the Black Friday sales, which brings us around to the present. Continue reading “REVIEW: Guild S-100 Polara”