Archive for November 16th, 2006

November 16, 2006

THE HOURS – Ali In The Jungle (CD EP)

Polydor 1714361: 13th November 2006
1. Ali In The Jungle (Original / Extended Mix)
“Like Ludwig Van, how I love that man, well the guy went deaf and didn’t give a fuck… no”
2. Nothing
“I don’t know nothing, and nothing is a problem to me”
3. The Greatest Comeback…
“Instrumental”

‘Ali In The Jungle’ is built around a catchy repetitive Piano sound with Drums, Bass Guitars and Strings pilling on until it reaches it’s epic finish. The lyrics list the names of other people (Apart from Muhammad Ali) who The Hours consider to have never-given-up, including Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller, Beethoven and Joe Simpson. It’s presented in two slightly different versions with the first omitting a vocal sample “Muhammad Ali has won, by a knockdown…etc” from the start and holding the drums back ’til halfway through.

‘Nothing’ is a gentle dreamy mix of Beatles like “Ahhhhhhh” bits and jangly Velvet Underground Guitars. It’s a bit slight in comparison to the A-side. ‘The Greatest Comeback…’ is an uplifting orchestral version of ‘Ali In The Jungle’.

Click here to buy the ‘When We Were Kings’ DVD from HMV for only £8.99. It’s probably the best documentary money can buy. Also check out the surprisingly little-known 1994 Gary Oldman film about Beethoven called ‘Immortal Beloved’. It’s one of my favourite films, but the DVD is a bit hard to come by (Try Ebay). Lastly here’s a link to buy the ‘Touching The Void’ DVD from Amazon.

Click here to watch the ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ fight cut to ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ on YouTube.

Finally here’s another fantastic song inspired by Ali, from the soundtrack to ‘When We Were Kings’ and one of Beethoven’s most famous works:

Fugees – Rumble In The Jungle mp3
Beethoven – Ode To Joy mp3

The Hours Website / The Hours MySpace Page

November 16, 2006

EXAMPLE – What We Made (7″ Single)

The Beats BEATS32: 13th November 2006
1. What We Made
“We all cavemen, in a suit and tie, man why you opposing, conform or die”
2. The Sell-Out
“I don’t want a life with cars and big tits, cos I’m happy with a cupa and some biscuits”

The first thing I heard by Example was his reworking of The Streets’ single ‘When You Wasn’t Famous’. Now he’s released his debut single ‘What We Made’ for Mike Skinner’s own ‘The Beats’ label.

On ‘What We Made’, Example takes a long look at mankind and concludes that evolution has gone very wrong somewhere. Example’s producer Rusher lays down big Drums, Yo-Yo Ma style eastern strings and pulsing beats over a tune you can whistle to. ‘The Sell-Out’ is even better and it attacks artists who make “Commercial bullshit” with no small amount of humour. It’s an addictive mix of handclaps and bouncing Electro sounds.

An exciting new talent has arrived and with other artists like The Mitchell Brothers and Professor Green on The Beats it’s shaping up to be a brilliant label. I highly recommend spending some time checking out the MySpace pages below, because they’re streaming loads of amazing tracks.

Click here to watch the hilarious video for Example’s response to Lily Allen’s ‘Smile’ (It’s called ‘Vile’) on YouTube.

Click here to buy the single as two wma files from 7Digital for 87p each.

Click here to watch the brilliant video for ‘What We Made’ on YouTube (It was filmed at Chernobyl!).

Visit the Website to view Example and his collaborator Rusher’s top-10 records (They’ve got great taste).

Example Website / Example MySpace Page / Rusher MySpace Page
The Beats Website / The Beats MySpace Page

November 16, 2006

CALEXICO / BEIRUT – The Guns Of Brixton / Interior Of A Dutch House (7″ Split Single)

City Slang SLANG504437: 13th November 2006
1. Calexico – The Guns Of Brixton
“When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come, with your hands on your head, or on the trigger of your gun”
2. Beirut – Interior Of A Dutch House
“Could you really be so tired”

Calexico’s cover of The Clash’s 1979 song ‘The Guns Of Brixton’ is a brilliantly atmospheric reworking. Joey Burns’ vocals are whispered with a Dylan like hiss and backed by Horns that reminded me of The Rumble Strips. It’s topped off by a mornful Spanish-language backing singer on the second half. This is one of those rare things, a cover that re-invents a classic track and creates something new and exciting.

Beirut’s contribution is a brand new non-LP track called ‘Interior Of A Dutch House’ (It may or may not be inspired by Pieter De Hooch’s painting of the same name). Zach Condon’s voice is part Rufus Wainwright and part Tim Buckley. Musically, it’s like Sufjan Stevens with warm Brass and gentle acoustic Guitars. It had me whistling along, bobbing my head and imagining warm summer evenings.

Click here to buy Beirut’s album ‘Gulag Orkestar’ from HMV for only £9.99 (It now comes with a free 5-track bonus CD).

Also click here to buy Calexico’s latest album ‘Garden Ruin’ from HMV for only £8.99.

Calexico – All Systems Red (Acoustic Version) mp3
Beirut – Postcards From Italy mp3

Beirut – Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) mp3

Click here to download Loo & Placido’s bootleg mix of ‘The Guns Of Brixton’. It’s renamed ‘What About Brixton?’ and splices in samples of Christina Aguilera, The Beach Boys and others.

Calexico Website / Calexico MySpace Page
Beirut Website
/ Beirut MySpace Page
City Slang Website / City Slang MySpace Page