I’ve just got back from a week of record shopping in the finest music emporiums our nation’s capital provides (Time well spent I think you’ll agree!). About half of this weeks tracks are courtesy of those fine endangered institutions:
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears’ new album is magic Soul/Funk/Blues from start to finish and I’d urge you to pick up a copy. ‘Sugarfoot’ is my favourite track, capturing all the energy of a live Soul band in full swing.
I love the joyous mix of plucked Guitar strings and understated Electronica on Run Toto Run’s ‘Good Coat’. It comes from their debut EP ‘Plastic Gold’ which is out now and is rather wonderful.
A La Fu’s ‘Bazouki Joe’ is a curious collision of scratched-up Hip-Hop and Greek-Folk. Scribe Sayar’s superb guest rhymes bring it all together.
I just got Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ album and loved it instantly but by far the most fun cut is their inspired cover of Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’. They turn it into a Funky groove that’s beyond irresistible.
I just picked up a brilliant Dan Black track called ‘Junk Food’ on a sampler CD. His Pop-tastic debut album (Packed with all his ace Electro-Pop singles) is also out now.
If you’re waiting for that elusive new Postal Service record then Discovery’s new album just might be up your street. The twinkling Indie-Electronica of ‘Orange Shirt’ is my favourite track.
Lushlife’s ‘Cassette City’ LP is one of the best Rap albums all year. My favourite song is the trippy Folk of ‘The Songbird Athletic’ featuring Greg Saunier from Deerhoof.
The irrepressible Pop of Mika is back with a bang, on his new celebratory single ‘We Are Golden’. As if the original wasn’t good enough, Calvin Harris has gone all high-energy-house with his Remix.
The title of Superthriller’s new single ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ might lead you to imagine it’s a cover of Duran Duran’s lame hit-single. But in fact it’s a brilliant squelchy Robo-Funk original and the b-side ‘Today Was A Good Day’ is amazing too (Which isn’t a cover either by the way!).
The Duke & The King’s ‘If You Ever Get Famous’ is an almost unspeakably gorgeous Rock ballad. The production is delightfully sparse with the band wringing every ounce of emotion out of each note.
A La Fu Website / Purchase
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears MySpace / Purchase
Cookin’ On 3 Burners MySpace / Purchase
Dan Black MySpace / Purchase
Discovery MySpace / Purchase
Lushlife MySpace / Purchase
Mika MySpace / Purchase
Run Toto Run MySpace / Purchase
Superthriller MySpace / Purchase
The Duke & The King MySpace / Purchase
Here a lovely live video for The Duke & The King’s ‘If You Ever Get Famous’: