They Made Us A Mixtape…Larry (Laurence and the Slab Boys)

At last count, we’ve made eight mixtapes so far which are sitting up there (^^^) in the mixtapes tab for your aural attention. We even add liner notes for each mix. There’s been one thing missing though. We reckon that one of the best things about making mixtapes, is when you get one back in return. That moment where you look at the tracklisting and think, I’m not sure if I’m going to like that and then the slow smile that broadens across your face as you think, “wow, this opening track is brilliant, who is it again? Black Angels? Must check them out.” Then as you delve further in you discover that The Sister Ruby Band song is as beautiful as the ‘mixtaper’ said it was, and what’s not to love about a band who clearly listened to Spiritualized for all of their formative years?

This mix comes to us courtesy of Larry from Laurence and The Slab Boys and we’ve bookended Larry’s mix with a couple of tracks from their forthcoming album, ‘Lo-fi Disgrace’ simply because it’s a rather good album and we think it may be worthy of your attention. Lo-Fi Disgrace is released on Monday 18th June (officially) on Grumpy Records. However, if you hop along to their bandcamp page now, you can order yourself a copy or buy a download. We’ve chosen the album’s penultimate track, ‘Cry Wolf’ to open up the mix and ended it with recent single ‘Mushroom’. The filling in the Slab Boys sandwich is excellent and we really hope you enjoy.

Laurence and the Slab Boys – Cry Wolf

Black Angels – You On the Run

Our bassist, Matt, switched me on to this band. I think he meant to demonstrate that sheer rock and roll adrenaline should make click-tracks obsolete when recording, and I didn’t have the heart to tell him that this was still recorded with a click. Everyone’s at it, but this is a good song.

Dum Dum Girls – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Smiths songs are sacred, and a hairy cow attempt a cover, but this is brilliant. I kinda know the Dum Dum Girls’ manager, and I should really ask about a support tour, but I’m sure he thinks I’m some sort of drunken lout, and there is a chance that I owe him money.

Entrance Band – Lookout!

I heard this for the first time in a bar in Berlin. The singer from my last band and I were taking a break from recording, and things weren’t going well. We were too bogged down with stupid, whimsical nonsense, and hearing this made us feel ridiculous – we broke up soon afterwards.

The Sister Ruby Band – Graceland Smile

I presumed this guy was huge, but seemingly not. The melody sounds like Dylan when he was still distilling Scottish folk. The lyrics are perfectly audible, but I couldn’t tell you what they are. Usually the lyrics are the core of the song for me, but not here – he could be singing the shipping forecast for all I care, with a timeless melody like that.

Boy Friend – Spirit Burner

This song is really good, even if the production is mental. I was pretty keen to remix their record for them, and I’d have done it for free, such is the brilliance of their sound. They seemed up for it, but their manager must have told them that it was a mental idea and it came to nothing. Anyway, use your imagination…

Sister Vanilla – Pastel Blue

This is the side-project that Jim and William Reid did with their sister, Linda. Our drummer is friends with the chap who played bass, Jamie Holman. He’s a good guy and he helped our band out a while back, but I daren’t ask him about this chapter, as he’d think I was just a fan-boy, and he’d be right.

The Scottish Enlightenment – Little Sleep

This might be the most pretentious band name ever, and it reminds me

of sitting listening to lectures at Glasgow University about smarty-panted agitators from bloody Edinburgh. When my pal Al said he was putting out the record on his label, I wanted not to like it, but there is no escaping the fact that it’s first-class and I love it.

Joensuu 1685 – (You Shine) Brighter Than Light

These Finnish boys sound like they grew up with Spiritualized stuck on repeat, which is just aces with me.

Laurence and the Slab Boys – Mushroom

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