Monday, 7 October 2013


The fiftieth and final issue of YHO is about listening.  It is illustrated using examples of records which have become life-supports between and during YHO explorations.  These might include ones by Pinch, Pursuit Grooves, Photek, Cyrus, Sherwood, Shackleton and Smith & Mighty, but that’s not really the point.

So, yes, this is the end of YHO’s five-year plan.  It’s time now to tackle something new.  In the meantime, there are fifty issues here to explore.  Thanks to those who have supported this adventure, and greetings to those who may be new arrivals. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

yho49 - compound

The forty-ninth edition of YHO begins by being preoccupied by the remarkable 1983 recording Noir et Blanc by Zazou/Bikaye/CY1, which is sort of the sound of young Zaire meets Suicide at the grassroots of dub.  It then launches into an aural adventure that takes in many, many things, including:

·         Papa Wemba and Kanda Bongo Man
·         Barney Wilen and Caroline De Bendern
·         Don Cherry and Jacques Thollot
·         Lizzy Mercier Descloux and Brion Gysin
·         Elli Medeiros and Ramuntcho Matta
·         Samia Farah and Zap Mama
·         Aksak Maboul and The Honeymoon Killers
·         Catherine Jauniaux and Cold Storage
·         ZNR and Joseph Racaille

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

yho48 - plus for minus against

The forty-eighth edition of YHO is a lustrous tract on Luscious Jackson and then some.  It is also the final issue in a ten-part series on a very loose theme of 1990s pop.  There is an extended essay explaining why this series is so necessary, but it will stay hidden away.  It would not be wise to open that door.  And, anyway, there is so much more to explore, consider, and connect.

Monday, 8 July 2013

yho47 - out of this

The forty-seventh edition of YHO is an investigation into the music of Ultramarine, but these things are never straightforward are they?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

yho46 - What's the word for ...

The forty-sixth issue of YHO is all about stopping to consider a particular sequence of Missy Elliott records and finding a lot to say about them.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

yho45 - corrosion

The forty-fifth edition of YHO is all about the Basic Channel organisation and its output.  Ten compact discs (a little perversely) have been selected from its catalogue and considered carefully.  This sound survey takes in releases on the Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, Burial Mix and Wackies labels.  In addition to the actual Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound production partnership this overview also features titles by Vainqueur, Various Artists, Hallucinator, Vladislav Delay and Love Joys.  The strikingly beautiful covers were designed by Per-Christian Hille.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

yho44 - deliberately

The forty-fourth edition of YHO is very much about the Make Up and their untouchable gospel yeh-yeh dance sound/stance.  These may seem random ruminations, but were in fact particularly prompted by:
  • Ø  Ian F. Svenonius’ Supernatural Strategies
  • Ø  The Fallen Leaves’ If Only We’d Known
  • Ø  Chain and the Gang’s In Cool Blood
  • Ø  Ghetto Brothers’ Power Fuerza
These meditations on the Make Up feature Douglas Hart’s scholarly study of the pea coat and its aesthetic and social significance.