STOP ME’s DIY Round Up

It’s been a while since my last post and that’s mainly down to constructing two vast shelving units for my CDs (See above) and other DIY jobs. A lot of records have come through my post box in that time, and there’s just far too many for me to review. So I’ve decided to do a quick round up of the last few weeks…

First up is a shimmering B-side from Bloc Party‘s comeback single, a typically lyrical song from Bromheads Jacket and a moody Rocker from Arab Strap’s Malcolm Middleton.

Bloc Party – We Were Lovers mp3
Bromheads Jacket – SRI’s + Big Bore 4’s mp3
Malcolm Middleton – A Brighter Beat mp3

I’ve purchased a couple of excellent new albums; one from Wimbledon’s Jamie T and the other from the controversial Klaxons. Here are the two best album tracks.

Jamie T – Pacemaker mp3
Klaxons – As Above, So Below mp3

I’ve grabbed a couple of boots from Go Home Productions and White Enemy. ‘Sexybox’ is greater than the sum of it’s parts since I had rather luke-warm feelings about both Robbie’s ‘Rudebox’ and Justin’s ‘Sexyback’ but fused together it’s a classic. Plastic Little sampled The Cure last year, now White Enemy have done it too.

Go Home Productions – Sexybox mp3
Nas Vs The Cure – The B-Boy Lullaby mp3

Next up is a funky taster from Mark Ronson‘s eagerly anticipated covers album, this one was of course originally by Coldplay. Another producer that made 2006 a great year was Diplo and he’s added his trademark drums to ‘Notorious’ by Jamaica’s Turbulence.

Mark Ronson – God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (Feat. Daptone Horns) mp3
Turbulence – Notorious (Diplo Vocal Version Feat. Sandra Melody) mp3

Here are a few beautifully produced Pop-Rocks songs. One is a gobsmacking cover of Larrikin Love‘s latest single from Guillemots’ front-man Fyfe Dangerfield, one is a lush Phil Spector B-side from London’s Lucky Soul and the last is a flamboyant highlight from Luke Toms‘ new EP.

Fyfe Dangerfield – Well, Love Does Furnish A Life mp3
Lucky Soul – Struck Dumb mp3
Luke Toms – Hangover Blues mp3

Next we’ve got two Hip-Hop tracks from both sides of the Atlantic. There’s a funky scratch-fest from Canada’s Anonymous Twist and an addictive bit of Grime from Sheffield’s Small Arms Fiya.

Anonymous Twist – Respect That (Radio) mp3
Small Arms Fiya (Feat. Serocee & LS) – Give It To Mi mp3

Here’s a selection of knob-twiddling Electro and synthetic Art-Pop. First is a thudding Remix from “The true living Pimp” (To quote the liner notes) Felix Da Housecat. Second is an irresistible bit of Punk-Funk for LCD Soundsystem fans from Calvin Harris. Third is a bonkers Electronic tune from Canada’s Dandi Wind.

Buy Now – For Sale (Felix Da Housecat Remix) mp3
Calvin Harris – Merry Making mp3
Dandi Wind – Adolescent mp3

I purchased a couple of cheapo compilations, which had a great track on each. One had a highly danceable track by Heads We Dance and the other had an oddly anthemic ode to creating a single from Cardiff’s Los Campesinos!.

Heads We Dance – Love In The Digital Age mp3
Los Campesinos! – It Started With A Mixx mp3

There were a few spiky rock singles among my purchases. One was the result of a collaboration between Whirlwind Heat and Dev from Test-Icicles under the name Lightspeed Heat, one was a slice of The Fall influenced savagery from Stray Dog Cafe and the last was a grungy tune from Zapped By A Million Volts.

Lightspeed Heat – How Do You Do? mp3
Stray Dog Cafe – Maxamillion mp3
Zapped By A Million Volts – Red Is Green mp3

I haven’t just been listening to new music though. Here’s a few old-skool tracks that’ve been rocking my world. The Hot Chip track isn’t that ‘old-skool’ since it’s from 2005, but it is rare and it is a damn fine tune that name checks R. Kelly. Next is an incredible Kraftwerk sampling Remix of late 80’s rapper MC Duke. Lastly I managed to track down a strangely hard to come by un-edited version Public Enemy‘s classic ‘Fight The Power’ anthem. So you get the “Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit me, you see straight out racist, that sucker was simple and plain, motherfuck him and John Wayne, ’cause I’m Black and I’m proud, I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped, most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamp” line in all it’s glory. Why the sanitised version is still included on almost every compilation, album and single is beyond me.

Hot Chip – My Shit’s On Fire mp3
MC Duke – I’m Riffin’ (1990 Remix) mp3
Public Enemy – Fight The Power (Rare Un-Edited Version) mp3

There’s twenty-five tracks for your enjoyment and business as usual will resume on STOPME shortly. Most of these records are available to buy from the fine people at Piccadilly records.

9 Comments to “STOP ME’s DIY Round Up”

  1. well that was certainly worth the wait! i was wondering what happened to you, now i know you turned into norm abram . . . 😉 (you’ll have to google him, i don’t know how to embed a link)

  2. Re: mjrc. I googled him, is he like Tim from home improvement. Have to say that the shelves look great. Plenty of filling and sanding hid my poor carpentry skills!

    Ryan

  3. well, not quite like tim the toolman. he’s a SERIOUS carpenter. actually, norm is more like al. in fact, i think al is a parody of sorts of norm.

    anyway, the shelves look great–you sure have a lot of cds. you could open a shop!

  4. i just listened to that calvin harris and it’s fantastic! great find.

  5. Re: mjrc. The other track on the single is brilliant too, it’s called ‘Vegas’. + the single comes in a diecut fly-eye sleeve. So when you slide it in and out Calvin’s eyes change colour… groovy!

    Ryan

  6. Wow, could you please fly over to DC and DIY for me? How many does it hold?

    Anyway, welcome back!

  7. Re: xolondon. Aprox 1500 album sized Cds or loads more of the thinner cd singles + a couple of hundred DVDs. There’s still a few gaps to be filled with future purchases.

    Like the Rufus Wainwright preview it’s sounding like it’s gonna be a good album. You’re right about ‘Want One’, is a classic. I compiled my “all-time best 50 albums ever ever” list a few months back and it came in at number 12 just behind Ryan Adams but just beating Billy Bragg.

    Ryan.

  8. Did you post that list of 50 Best Albums? Sounds good? Which Bragg. I like Taxman.

  9. Re: xolondon. I compiled the list and started writing reviews but 50 reviews proved to be too many. so I decided to just recommend albums at random drawn from the list.

    As soon as I’d done it I wasn’t happy with the order. Maybe I’ll post it as a list at some point.

    The billy bragg album was ‘Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy’ but since them I’ve started to prefer ‘Don’t Try This At Home’.

    Ryan.

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