Cornershop & Bubbley Kaur – Cornershop & The Double Groove Of. Released via Ample Play. Available on ‘Indian Wedding Sweetmeat Celebrations’ Transparent Yellow Vinyl LP
Ten years on from its original release, Ample Play Records will release, the ground breaking ‘Cornershop And The Double ‘O’ Groove Of’ album by Cornershop feat. Bubbley Kaur on vinyl for the first time. The LP, pressed as a stunning limited edition of 500 copies on ‘Indian Wedding Sweetmeat Celebrations’ sticky transparent Yellow vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve with poster insert, will be available via mail order direct from the group via ampleplay.co.uk and in all good independent record shops from 3rd December 2021. Cut for vinyl at optimum levels by Fluid Mastering, the same clever folk who mastered both the celebrated ‘England Is A Garden’ and ‘England Is A Garden Instrumentals’ albums. It’s a vinyl release that Rough Trade Shops have petitioned us for years to action and we’re pleased to report they consider the audio results to be “topknotch, an amazingly defined cut”.
After many a time in the studio, under lab conditions Cornershop originally released the album in 2011 featuring the incredible double sugar-coated vocals of Bubbley Kaur.
When Tjinder and Bubbley decided to work with each other, she had not recorded a note of music. They had met very fleetingly, years ago at a cellar gathering in Preston Lancashire, where Tjinder & Benedict studied. So it was much surprise when a taxi driver friend introduced him to a lady that liked singing, worked in a local launderette, and was the same lady he had met in a northern cellar bar.
They then met a good many times at Tjinder’s house where they would listen to and discuss traditional Punjabi Folk Music, and slowly Bubbley came out writing her own original lyrics, which were set to a varied range of modern musics. ‘Natch’ was the first song she recorded, followed by ‘Topknot,’ and together they became the first double ‘A’ single on Rough Trade Records.
The complete recordings were made in their own good time. Tjinder explains “There was no need to quickly put the album out, but there was a need to make it top rank and evergreen, especially as I have wanted to do an album like this for 20 years.”
Benedict & Tjinder set up their own label, Ample Play in 2009 to release the highly acclaimed album ‘Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast.’ The way Tjinder & Bubbley met was like a hindi movie script, and the outcome of the music is like an Asian version of The Kids From Fame – totally upbeat, giving rise to new ways of expressing yourself.
Tracklisting: Cornershop & Bubbley Kaur – Cornershop & The Double Groove Of
1. United Provinces Of India Full fat funk melds with the cream of Punjabi Folk, asking the question, why has such naturalness never been done before?
2. Topknot ?The band’s now-classic 2004 single Topknot,? Spin magazine. A massive track for urban stations, turban stations, clubs as well as Indian weddings. So big that M.I.A. asked to do a rap on it. – Have a Listen
3. The 911 Curry The A-team meet up for an afternoon meal ? a plan comes together, until Murdock has to flirt with country mouse.
4. Natch The other part of the double ?A? sided Topknot single, and often even more loved by the DJ for its simplicity and French Legion immediacy.
5. Double Decker Eyelashes Already being used by select USA bass clubs to get the party started, keep the party going, and ending the party. Being laidback & having the space is leading dancefloorers to improvise, and they take great joy in having the ability and scope to do it once more.
6 The Biro Pen A sharp pen in its day was prime currency, guaranteed to get you out of any tight spot. This lament lays it down heavy, even with its drum solo reprieve.
7. Supercomputed Kraftwerk meet Irene Cara in a dune buggie.
8. Once There Was A Wintertime Capturing the snow drenched wintry season with human warmth and Northern Brass.
9. Double Digit Military again, until its slow build boils over with bass funk, as if the Brontë sisters came from an Indian cowshed. This is maybe why Tjinder thinks Punjabi Folk Music was the first form of Hip-Hop, and has written a White Paper Report on it.
10. Don’t Shake It Don?t play this one too loud, it will stay in your head for a week, and then move in with you after another week. All is well that ends well. So well that it has extended beats, ending an album that intends to live forever ? fame.