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Screaming The Street Down: Niven Govinden's Favourite LPs
Paul Flynn , March 24th, 2021 08:28

It's all bangers as writer Niven Govinden speaks to Paul Flynn about favourite records from Pet Shop Boys, Aretha, Solange, Madonna, Daft Punk and much more in this week's Baker's Dozen. Photo by Dan Lepard


Laura Nyro & Labelle – Gonna Take A Miracle
My brother found this at some record fair in the early 90s and said I might like it because of the Gamble and Huff production credit. I’d never heard of Laura Nyro but obviously I knew of Labelle and Gamble and Huff. I love Motown, girl-groups, the whole doo-wop thing. So, from the opening track ‘I Met Him On A Sunday’ I totally fell in love with the record. It’s spiritual and has a sort of magic to it. I already knew Labelle but after that I jumped into Laura’s world and really discovered her as an artist and, obviously it’s nothing like this record at all. It’s such a simple record, no tricks, just a great band playing great rhythm tracks and these amazing, moving, stunning vocal arrangements. It’s celestial. I think about this record a lot, that stoop life, being on the street in a group of people. It very much informed [his book prior to Diary Of A Film] This Brutal House. She wasn’t a very commercial artist. If she’d banged out a couple of hits, she probably would’ve been viewed in a very different light, but I like the fact that she was so uncompromising.