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Unfinished Monkey Business

    Ian Brown was left high and dry when the Roses split in April '96 and rumours spread that he'd left the music industry for good. Truth is: he almost had! Ian had considered gardening or even selling Roses bootlegs, he felt so disenchanted with  what he'd described as the filthiest business in the world. Apparently it was the will of the people, fans he'd bump into on the street, that constantly encouraged him to get back to it. So it was that 18 months later, around Christmas of 97, his first single as a solo artist was riding our airwaves. It did not disappoint!

    The new tunes were superb, but the sound was a refreshing if not puzzling surprise:warm, fuzzy, ocassionally distorted, analogue even lo-fi sounds; clanking drum machines and bashed on acoustic guitars. This was the kind of groovy curio you'd be more likely to find on (Beastie Boys' cool as fuck) Grand Royale than on Ian's new major label. Apparently they begged him for a "name" producer or remixer, but ever his own man, Ian refused.

    Mani from The Roses played over a classic Reni shuffle on Can't See Me, which along with My Star (the previously mentioned debut single) and the glorious  Corpses In Their Mouths , smashed into the Uk Top 20, in the days when these things mattered! Elsewhere, the wah-wah laden What Happened To Ya (pure Roses, apparently about the Roses) and epic Ice Cold Cube (one of his greatest ever songs: heavy, dark and mega-melodic) nicely completed the Massive Tune Quota whilst the bluesy and bonkers Lions and squelchy and sleezy Deep Pile Dreams offered texture and variety to an already varied palette. Sunshine sounds like Syd, smashing a song out on an acoustic guitar, one to one in a bedroom. The title track recalls Lee Perry in its cute'n' wonky catchiness.

    All in all: a triumph, then. Not shouting from the rooftops, like in his "first band on the moon" pomp, but a small and very satisfying step in what would turn out to be a very succeesful and much loved solo career.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Hilariously (and aptly) christened King Monkey by the drummer of Dodgy, of all people, this was the first installment of Ian Brown solo music. Independent and original, it's still one of his best records, after all these years.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: 180 gram audiophile edition.
    Printed inner sleeve.

    Ian Brown

    Ripples

      Ian Brown's comeback record is everything you'd want from the funky monkey. Care-free, breezy, uplifting vibes with words that mix the cosmic with a conscience, this record was made almost totally independently. Just Ian, his sons and his old engineer provide that unique blend of the groovy, quirky, and endlessly catchy that we've all come to love and expect.

      There's mellow, soulful, bluesy funkers, a rock reggae cover, a reggae reggae cover, a couple of slinky, bouncy, elastic shufflers, some massive, psych-tinged slowies (Syd meets Lennon!) and his most Roses sounding tune so far: evidently a ballad ABOUT The Roses (insert broken-hearted emoji here!?)

      Soundwise this is Ian's most beautifully produced record by a mile. Warm, fat and analogue, with killer basslines and a big bottom end, there's a sparseness in the textures but a depth and width in the mix that's more akin to late 70's reggae than any old 'indie' rock. Ripples is all about the SPACE. Ian's voice and words, as charismatic and enigmatic as ever, are central to it all. And he's never sounded better. Self produced, self written (bar 3 co-writes with his sons. What could be more natural?) and with zero session musicians in sight, this feels like Unfinished Monkey Business, the Second Chapter. But with way better songs, way lusher production; a glorious combo of Tunes, space and sound. The dream belongs to the dreamers!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition indies only coloured vinyl. Heavyweight white vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner sleeve.

      Signed LP Info: SIGNED EDITION!!
      Limited edition indies only coloured vinyl. Heavyweight white vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner sleeve.

      LP Info: Black heavyweight vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner.

      CD Info: Jewel case, 16 page booklet.

      Ian Brown

      First World Problems

        Ian Brown has released a brand new single, ‘First World Problems’, his first solo material in nine years. The single precedes the new album ‘Ripples’, which will be released on February1, 2019. Played mostly by Ian, but aided by two of his sons, this  return to pop bodes well for his forthcoming new LP.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Bouncy, baggy, uplifting vibes, a top melody and cool message make this a freed-up, groovy return for the erstwhile (but soon to be reinstated!) King Monkey.

        Ian Brown

        Music Of The Spheres

          Before Music of the Spheres was released, Ian Brown touted it as a return for him to the peak form of his former band, the Stone Roses. As things go in the U.K., many members of the British music press jumped on the comments and appropriated Brown's views as their own. Realistically, Music of the Spheres is a strong, mature album, befitted with lush, exhilarating production that easily fits alongside Unfinished Monkey Business and Golden Greats, but it doesn't introduce anything revolutionary or match the excellence of The Stone Roses. The only thing that seems new for Brown on Music of the Spheres is that a number of the songs sound like minimalist tone poem explorations and that he sings in Spanish on "El Mundo Pequeno." One example of the minimalism is "Hear No See No," where Brown accompanies spare electronic notes with whispers of the title lyrics. But the album is at its strongest when he reaches for the inspired hooks and choruses that are his bread and butter. "F.E.A.R." is particularly compelling, with its lush string sounds and Brown's insanely catchy repetition of the letters that make up the song's title. "Stardust" and "Shadow of a Saint" are the album's other standouts, where Brown concocts frazzled poetry like, "I'm made from stardust/The same DNA as stardust," and intones about the "wings of an angel." Less bombastic than Golden Greats and more focused than Unfinished Monkey Business, Music of the Spheres is brimming with charm and accomplished, polished songcraft. 

          Cheeky title, but what do you expect? This collects all his singles plus his two excellent collaborations with UNKLE. There's also three re-recorded, and far superior takes on a couple of B-sides and the gorgeous "Forever And A Day." As a romantic lover of the old '45' this is probably Ian's favourite LP that he's done. The photos and artwork are lush and the songs themselves are super-vibrant, catchy and groovy. If you only get one IB album then you better make it this. If you're a fan you'll be made-up with the new versions, and you can finally get to offload that dodgy second UNKLE LP!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition double vinyl.


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