Archive for April 8th, 2007

April 8, 2007

KORMAC – Scratch Marchin’ (12″ EP)

Scribble SCRIBBLE001: 26th March 2007
1. Scratch Marchin’
2. Harry’s Record Machine
3. Rainstorm
4. Mr Soft
5. How It Is

‘Scratch Marchin’ is such a fun EP because Kormac has seamlessly blended samples from the very beginning of recorded music with modern Hip-Hop sounds. He’s also thrown in some ear-catching vocal cut-ups including Kermit The Frog on the title track.

‘Scratch Marchin’ sounds like the Cantina band from Star Wars after Ben’s lent them a set of turntables and told them to just use the force and see what happens. ‘Harry’s Record Machine’ mixes old and new Drums to create something Keith Moon would’ve been proud of. ‘Rainstorm’ conjours up an atmospheric collaboration between Billie Holiday and Donna Summer. ‘Mr Soft’ is like what would have happened if James Brown had been around in the 30s. ‘How It Is’ rounds the EP off with a croaky old guy rambling about “God and the Devil” over some big Bass beats.

‘Scratch Marchin” is still available from Piccadilly records.

Kormac MySpace

April 8, 2007

THE MULES – We’re Good People (12″ & 7″ Singles)

Kartel KART015 / KART019: 26th March 2007
1. We’re Good People (Original / CSS Remix / Lights’ Odd Times Remix)
“Let’s not quicken to divorce, what we wanted, what we thought, I know you think me overwrought, I know you think I really ought to… sing!”
2. Problems With Exits
“I bet you can’t wait to leave me to my fate, I thank you for trying all the same”

This is the first Mules release I’ve chanced upon since 2005’s superb ‘Polly-O’ single. I bought it for the ‘CSS Remix’ but all four tracks are fantastic. ‘We’re Good People’ is a jaunty Punk-Funk meets Horror movie soundtrack single with shades of Talking Heads and Whirlwind Heat. Adriano Cintra from CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy) contributes a crunching Electronic remix complete with insanely catchy Tabla drums. Lights’ version has the eerie sound of Justice creating a nervous Remix while sleeping over in Dracula’s castle. Lastly, ‘Problems With Exits’ is like Bobby Conn singing about the time he wondered the rainy streets of Paris, stopping off at a Gypsy camp, a Jazz bar and a Pirate tavern.

Click here to buy the single as mp3s from 7Digital.

Click here to buy The Mules ‘Save Your Face’ album from HMV for £8.99.

The Mules – Rhino mp3

Click here to watch a live performance of ‘Problems With Exits’ on Metacafe.

Click here to download loads of free music from the extremely generous Lights.

The Mules Website / The Mules MySpace
CSS Website / CSS MySpace / Lights MySpace

April 8, 2007

ALTERKICKS / LARRIKIN LOVE – Good Luck (Split 7″ Single)

B-Unique BUN1237: 26th March 2007
1. Good Luck (Performed By Alterkicks)
“If I run and you walk, if I smile and you talk, we can make all of this, seem like it’s not your fault”
2. Good Luck (Performed By Larrikin Love)
“We arranged to meet black suited, at a quarter past seven, I was inexperienced, due to living in Devon”

Alterkicks’ new single is a catchy bit of Indie-Rock but the reason you really need this 7″ is because the brilliant Larrikin Love have completely reworked ‘Good Luck’ on the flip side.  They’ve redone the song in their Folk-Libertines style and Edward Larrikin has completely rewrote the lyrics and even changed the chorus from “I wish you good luck” to “I wish you no luck”.  The melody is the only thing that’s been kept and the words have got the kind seemingly effortless wit that you’d usually only find from Morrissey.

Click here to buy Alterkicks’ singles from HMV.

You can get a free track from Alterkicks by signing up for the members-area on their Website.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Good Luck’ on YouTube.

Alterkicks Website / Alterkicks MySpace
Larrikin Love Website / Larrikin Love MySpace

April 8, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Freddie Cruger (Feat. Linn) – Pushing On

“Hey friend, can you borrow me a hundred grand? No I cannot, ’cause I’m stuck in the same quick sand”

This is the first post in a new feature where I put up one song that’s been blowing my mind in the last week. It might be ages old or brand spanking new but it’ll be up for seven days only, so get it while you can.

I got ‘Pushing On’ from Tru Thoughts’ recent label sampler CD which featured incestuous chunks of Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and extra pinches of Latin flavour. The consistent quality of the tracks on the compilation was astounding, with classic cuts from artists like Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77, Spengler and Dirty Diggers. But Linn’s spine tingling vocals on ‘Pushing On’ set it apart. Freddie Cruger’s production combines a slinky Bass line with deft touches like clicking fingers and the ring of cash registers. There’s even a bit of Marvin thrown in at the end. This could be track of the year, never mind the week.

Freddie Cruger (Feat. Linn) – Pushing On mp3

Click here to buy the Tru Thoughts sampler from HMV for an unbelievable £3.99! Do yourself a favour and get a copy.

Click here to order Freddie Cruger’s album from HMV for £8.99.

Freddie Cruger MySpace / Linn MySpace
Tru Thoughts Website / Tru Thoughts MySpace