Various Artists – FOOF YOURSELF VOL 3

Artists: Various
keywords: alternative, label, sampler, free download

Suddenly FOOF tweeted the poof with the directions to a free downloadable compilation, aka label sampler with handpicked tunes from the releases released by the foofy FOOF records.This is a voluptuous number 3, so there must be a number 2 and number one out there somewhere… But to me, number 3 is the number 1 to get to hear the FOOF artists, a fair amount of tunes and some of them have TRUMPETS!

Jupiter Cats – A Disengagement Party

Take in tequila, sipping a bottle of randomly found booze and listen to this incoming disengagement party by Jupiter Cats. It has this guitar bit that smells of ska, but there is a bit of blues, gospel organ,rock, swing, big band and even a sentimental out of nowhere trumpet… It’s a bit like multiple tunes in one, a mini album in one single track that these cats have cooked up; creatively catering for everybody something to feel some kind of festive mood; alcoholic liquids flow nicely down the throats when listening…

Ziegler Co. – Clarity

Ziegler Co takes on a moment of clarity, maybe the tequila had come out of your nose and enabled your system to restart pure and new. The song sounds as if Clarity is a name for a person, the enemy of anyone who wants to be drunk, high or completely not sober. It’s the friend you mostly try to avoid at parties or when simply wanting to fool around, but here as a song it isn’t a total bummer.

Harriet J Woodcock – Jessie Tells Me

It would be very silly not to mention and underlining the artist’s surname; Woodcock. Some might find Cocks nice to sit on, but wooden ones could be (I presume) pretty uncomfortable. But let’s forget about the surname, Harriet sings a sweet friendly song named ‘Jessie Tells Me’. It sounds very up and positive, with nice singing, trumpets (again! They are very popular on this compilation it seems) and would do probably well among line dancing cowboys and cowgirls.

The Stoop – Easy For You

It’s time to go to the toilet and do a poop while listening to this song by The Stoop. It’s not needed but just thought it rhymed too well not to write it down. The song ‘Easy For You’ has this American vibe over it, a bit like a golden oldie my dad used to listen. It would fit nice to the Carpenters, John Denver and perhaps Sonny and Cher… I don’t know, it sounds nice, friendly but not very modern… but that might be easy for me to say… who knows what kind of studio equipment they used to make it sounded like one of those classic radio friendly recordings?

Phoebe Robinson – Daytime TV

The compilation hit a serious spark here with sudden modernity mixed with classic dignity; it’s a huge contrast compared to the Stoop, but somehow it works to excite! The electronic artifacts, the sweet round humming baseline, the chopped glitchy stuff that people nowadays heath up for is quite nice, but it’s the singing voice that dominates the song. Phoebe has a great voice, one that feels as big and potentially great as the one of the likes of Annie Lennox… Phoebe will become a huge sensation!

Big Boy Tomato – Head

Suddenly I feel like there needs to be more booze to be in sync with Big Boy Tomato’s Head. A crate full of bottles with alcoholic liquids might instantly be downed to get the room spinning, just to get fully intoxicated to twirl around like a punkish drunk ride on a Funfair attraction. This Big Boy Tomato are pretty much up and running with their punk rock energy material that sounds pretty much tight and when you aren’t drunk enough might be a bit of a contrast from the previous heard track in this sampler. But on its own, it probably is powerful enough to get a room full of alcoholic anonymous drinking again.

Upbeat Sneakers – Hope & Glory

Trumpets! They are back to sound their trumpet sounds! Toot toot! You know when they add trumpets to any kind of tune it will instantly sound richer, it has a grand sound, warm and smelling of cash. This track is a great example; the track a power punk rock pop-ish tune with bass, guitar riffs, drums and a typical energetic singer who could have gone the Blink 182 road but had gone its own less cheesy and catchy way is pretty much alive and kicking, but would have sound ordinary without the great use of those horny trumpets! They bring instant class to the tune & I can only praise it because goddamn those trumpets are fantastic!

Janina & James – A Good Man

Of course I’m dying for more trumpets, but ‘A Good Man’ sounds pretty much perfect without it. It’s hard to slack it off as the combination of music and the voices of Janina & James are giving me the personal shivers. Their vocal contrast is very nice, James sound like a voice of reason, very pleasurable to hear on the ears; a voice you could trust. Janina’s singing voice is very sweet and dreamy, creating a lovely atmosphere that only gets better along with the light but uber trustworthy music… got to love these two!

Jupiter Cats – Ma Cherie Est Mort

More swinging and uptight energy is being flushed around and showcased here with more music of these Jupiter Cats. The song ‘Ma Cherie Est Mort’ would be great for in the middle of a party, playing before being too drunk to take in the carnival punk with guess what… trumpets! But the happy guitar madness, the insane driving baselines and nonstop hitting of the drum kit and the singer singing something about ‘looking good inside a hospital bed’… it’s a whole package of bolstering energy. (If you hear this later at the party when the liver is full of toxic liquids, dancing wildly to this tune might turn you into a vivid wild spraying provider of puke! Better play it half way before being too wasted…

Ziegler Co. – Tunnels

Another instant classic sounding classy classic by Ziegler Co named ‘Tunnels’. I can’t get rid of the feeling that it sounds like it comes from a time that television had only one channel and radio was the music and information provider numero unno. Ziegler Co does bring great drums that feel more modern, nicely putting the energy up in a friendly way. The music is nice and fun, could have used some trumpets though…

Big Boy Tomato – Armpits

Big Boy Tomato comes back again with a children’s friendly tune named ‘armpits’. It’s going for those menacing guitars, and the singing that feels like a children’s rhyme without actually rhyming. I don’t know why but somehow I see a mosh pit of children when I hear this, all dressed as little mini punks pushing each-other, perhaps punching around with the elbows & placing each other’s armpits into random kids their noses…

White Deer Grotto Academy – Gulf Of Ob

I don’t know about you but when White Deer Grotto Academy’s Gulf Of Ob hits this sampler compilation it felt to me like the booze had been replaced with some alternative mind altering drugs. But as soon as you settle down and think; now it’s going to be good! The music fades out and leaves you unsatisfied, hyped and properly drugged…

(Exclusive bonus track) Ziegler Co. – Grind Me Down

Luckily there is one final tune to wipe up the disappointment of Gulf Of Ob’s shortness. It is Ziegler Co who suddenly feels more punk, full of live and not entirely das-proof; great! Yes, it is very short too, but it has everything; a beginning, middle, ending and a good bulge of energy. Grind Me Down anytime! I was definitely missing a final appearance of a trumpet, but in this case the lack of trumpet might be missing ingredient that makes a person begs for more FOOF?
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