“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a great friend of VS, someone who exudes rock & roll out of every pore, whose heart is good and pure but whose blood runs gothic black. As co-founder of the well appointed NY art rock outfit Lulu Lewis whose album “Genuine Psychic” was all killer no filler and worthy successor to city denizens The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Swans, ESG and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Rapture, Dylan Hundley has a bow with many strings (which have also included notable acting and directing roles) and now we can add to the impressive CV a solo album of some shard-splintering punk-disco prowess under the name of Darling Black. Black like tar, darling like your new favourite record, it’s an absolute wicked joy to say wilkommen, bienvenue and welcome back to these pages the awesome tsar of street savvy Harlem indie cool, Dylan Hundley!
First off before another impeccable “song for ewe” choice, here’s a taster from the Darling Black album “It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This” (out today and please get it today from Bandcamp for Bandcamp Friday where the artistes get 100% of the fees)
Loving the minimalist NYC skyline / black moon artwork…
“It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This” is more minimalist that the full-throated Lulu Lewis effect, and with its stripped back Suicide synth and Death In Vegas death dirges, it’s an electronic melancholic miasma that tips a nod to the likes of outsider heroes like Yoko Ono, Lydia Lunch and Sue Tissue and also perhaps the subject of Dylan’s latest choice of tune for VS. So without further ado, over to the inestimably cool Dylan for a brand new “song for ewe”…
“Nick! I’m so glad to be back to Song for Ewe and having a digital DJ party with you. If we could hang out in a basement spinning tunes with a lava lamp and disco ball I’m sure we would spend all day having a blast. My current mood (and really always mood) is deep with the post punk, no wave, avant garde ladies. So for this Ewe I’m going to roll with Queen Nina Hagen and “Born in XiaXia”.
This track is just delicious and always a huge inspiration for me. It’s got great groove and tough cool and her always super fun delivery puts her top of my list of the women that I want to be when I grow up. The producer Mike Thorne who produced this record (among a few other cool albums LOL) gave me a copy on Vinyl a few years back and told me some great Nina studio stories which was a life treat! Treasure!!”
THANKS DYLAN! YOU ARE ALWAYS ON THE GUEST LIST HERE.
Other Dylan Hundley photo (home page) by David Godlis
You can get “It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This” from Darling Black here
check out last year’s Lucky 7 by Lulu Lewis below…