Not to be confused with Public Service Broadcasting – a truly excellent band if you have never tried them out …

No, I’m talking about Burning Shed out of Norwich, England. They seem to have grown to be the definitive source of Progressive Music, providing easy access to new and fresh materials as well as lots of back catalogue.

Today’s Newsletter reveals a back catalogue that includes

  • Tony Banks
  • Steve Hillage
  • Soft Machine
  • Hawklords
  • Bill Bruford
  • King Crimson
  • Marillion
  • Strawbs

… to name but a few. In my world there’s not much more that you need.

Just occasionally an album comes along that changes everything for the listener, introducing them to a prodigious new talent. The amazing thing is that it may be a different album and artist for each person — as my father-in-law says “that’s why all the cow gets sold.”

I reckon I first heard Sinéad O’Connor’s album The Lion and The Cobra in early 1988, shortly after it came out, when my colleague ‘Shug’ gave me his Walkman and said I just had to hear this album. Normally the overlap between my taste in music and Shug’s was wafer thin, but this music blew me away with its ferocity, rawness and yet also a great delicacy.

After that I bought and enjoyed every one of O’Connor’s albums until she finally leapt off the rails — most albums released in the 21st century.

I was reminded of that first encounter earlier this year when I first heard the album Psychodrama by Dave. Once again this is a debut album containing songs written with rawness, ferocity, delicacy, but also insight and empathy. This is an album with a narrative running through it; one to immerse yourself in the story being told even if you feel rap music is not generally your thing.

I’m seeking out the many facets of Drum and Bass. I’ve been exploring the genre for a couple of months now. I dance every day. It’s how I feel free. So I wanted to be moved. I wanted to feel energised. I wanted the music to help push my body as far as it could go. Through extraordinary beats and sounds.

I’ve found many jewels. Many sparkles. I’ve been transported back to the 80s with epic guitar riffs. I’ve gone industrial and barely been able to keep up. I’ve soared high and felt the pain and passion of love in a singer’s voice. I’ve journeyed. 

Here’s one of the first tracks that got me going and gave me a funk I never knew I had. 

Get Your Funk On

🎶 Reading the @joejenett post on Bowie my mind drifted and a question formed.

What was the first album by Bowie that you heard that made you sit up, wake up and go explore the back catalogue.

Or were you in from that very first album ‘David Bowie’?