Archive for August 29th, 2006

August 29, 2006

MAD STARING EYES – Walking In The Streets (7″ Single)

Walking In The Streets CoverRetina RET16: 21st August 2006
1. Walking In The Streets
“Don’t wanna play your games, no points or prizes, I thought I told you once, no more disguises”
2. Shiny New Car
“It’s an imported motor from a foreign power, foot down, accelerator, engine growler”

Musically ‘Walking In The Streets’ is like all the best bits of Roland Shanks, Maxïmo Park and The Killers. Over the top of that, vocalist Alex Jay spits out the lyrics like a psychotic Robert Smith.

‘Shiny New Car’ is something completely different and sounds like a great lost Jon Spencer Rocker. Check out Alex’s sneering, gravel-raw Elvis vocals and the handclaps at the end, I ask you, what more do you need. Given that ‘Walking In The Streets’ has already been on a couple of EPs, this could easily have been the A-side instead.

Click here to buy Concrete’s ‘Glastonbury Unsigned Bands 2005’ compilation which features the track ‘New Thing’ for only £5. Half the money goes to Charity and it features 24 other bands that you might be hearing from in the future.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Walking In The Streets’ on YouTube.

Also visit Mad Staring Eyes’ Website to buy three other releases.

Mad Staring Eyes Website / Mad Staring Eyes MySpace Page

August 29, 2006

S.M.O.V. – EP W1 (12″ & Free Download EP)

EP W1 CoverWack Records WACK001: 21st August 2006
1. Big Love mp3
“And when it comes to gettin’ nookie, I’m not a rookie, I got girls that make that chick Toni Braxton look like Whoopi”
2. Jazz Trap mp3
“I don’t really wanna lose you, but I don’t want your folks to, turn me over to the hands of the law”
3. Kool Blues mp3
“So to the next weasel that freezes, your beggin’ and ya pleases, only gettin’ ya closer to meetin’ Jesus”

I bought this three track mash-up 12″, but I’ve found out it’s also available as a free download.

‘Big Love’ combines a sample of the killer intro to The Supremes’ 1966 single ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ with the rap from Big L’s ‘Put It On’. By taking just the intro, it’s been turned into something that sounds like Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ with added bombastic horn flourishes (Which raises the question, is some budding remixer gonna combine Iggy and The Supremes?). It’s absolutely irresistible, I can’t stop playing it and it’s going to be one of the tracks of the year.

‘Jazz Trap’ is either simply a jazzy remix of a Colonel Abrams’ 1985 house tune ‘Trapped’, or a mash-up with something else that I can’t identify (If somebody knows, please tell me). ‘Kool Blues’ combines Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo’s ‘Ill Street Blues’ with the 1968 proto-chillout track ‘On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)’ by The Peddlers. ‘Jazz Trap’ and ‘Kool Blues’ are both outstanding tunes but they can’t help but seem inferior when compared with ‘Big Love’.

I’ve included links to download the songs that have been sampled on the above mash-ups.

Big L – Put It On mp3
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love mp3
Colonel Abrams – Trapped mp3
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Ill Street Blues mp3
The Peddlers – On A Clear Day You Can See Forever mp3

Also click here to download a fantastic thirty-minute mix by S.M.O.V. Any mix that kicks off with The Ghostbusters theme followed by a Coldcut sample has got to be worth having in my book.

Wack Records Website