Gasteiz Gang

Ten genius records (to discover)

Gasteiz Gang

If you like football, you might know Gaizka Mendieta. He played for Valencia C.F. and Barça - and in the Premier League for Middlesbrough. Furthermore, he earned 40 caps with the Spanish national team, playing at the World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002. Many football fanatics will always remember him because of this goal and because he is one of the few footballers with a “different” and openly indie musical taste.

What many people don’t know is that after quitting in 2008, Mendieta became a sometime DJ - alongside Juan Vitoria (one of Spain’s most reputed music critics) and his daughter Arizona Dylan Vitoria. In order to discover what their sets sound like, we asked them for a list of ten gems that never leave their DJ bag. Here is the list, with additional comments from Arizona Dylan.

1- Bert Sommer: “The Road To Travel” (1968)

2. Celeste: “Principe Di Un Giorno” (1976)

An album that offers both harmonious and sliding symphonies - it shines above all the Italian progressive rock bands of the period. A sustained breeze of tender sound, that passes through our senses and slips away: a fairy tale.

3. Bronco: “Ace Of Sunlight” (1971)

Its lead singer Jess Roden had had the same role in The Alan Bown Set, through which he had become a minor star. After his split from this band, he formed Bronco, an English band with American influences – including a 70’s rock appearance inspired by country bites. Beautiful, sentimental acoustic guitars featured alongside vigorous electric guitars – topped by a modulated and powerful voice, which would not seem out of place in some current upstart band.

4. Diabologum: “#3” (1996)

Coming from Toulousse, this band only produced three albums - the last one being a rage-full urge of Sonic Youth proportions. Stirring up shots, with a sound that embroils us in a spiral of tension.

5. Edwards Hand: “s/t” (1969)

6. Gary Farr: “Addressed To The Censors Of Love” (1971)

Gary Farr started his career as the lead singer of the T-Bones, producing R&B sounds and covering contemporary Spencer Davis Group songs. However, as time passed by, his style turned more folky – in the vein of Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin - mixing poetry and music. The title of his third solo album says it al.

7. The Hangmen: “Bittersweet” (1965)

An exquisite and refined, yet danceable band - who sometimes made it difficult for those on the dance floor to keep up. The band offered psychedelic garage covers alongside original tunes - their first album proving a perfect mix of dreamy ballads and energetic, sloppy-sung declarations. The spontaneous technique in their cover of “Gloria”, makes it a rival to the original.

8. The Alan Bown: “Listen” (1971)

Leaving their intellectual Northern Soul origins behind, this band goes deep into progressive rock while grazing at jazz melodies - evidenced by the small interventions of piano, trumpets and saxophone. They like to show off their technique, but never deviate from the path of their elaborate compositions: a wise evolution.

9. Flash And The Dynamics: “New York Sound” (1971)

Brought up in New York, they bring us groovy and furious sounds from Puerto Rico - alongside psychedelic remembrances. Their only work, “New York Sound”, is a sonic bomb that takes us to the neuralgic centre of Latin Soul.

10. Red Guitars: “Slow To Fade” (1984)

Their guitar sound is reminiscent of the Velvet Underground - but with a smoother, Smiths-like flavour. They remained unknown talents: so far removed from the tendencies of the 80’s in England, that they never stood out. Their two releases are so little-known, that only those who are really in-the-know, know of their existence.

Gasteiz Gang will be appearing at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2011. You can get your tickets here.

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